Idle Valley

Black Headed Gulls in Idle Valley cpt Phil Palmer Notts WTBlack Headed Gulls in Idle Valley cpt Phil Palmer Notts WT

After half a century of aggregates extraction, the Idle Valley has been developed into a unique wetland landscape, now recognised as one of the most wildlife-rich areas of the county and region.

...more bird species than any other industrial or post-industrial site in the UK

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

This scheme focuses on the Sutton and Lound Gravel Pits SSSI and 140 hectares of surrounding land, with the aim to create one of the most significant areas of natural heritage in the East Midlands.

The site's value was demonstrated by its success in the 2006 Hanson BTO Challenge when it delivered records of more bird species than any other industrial or post-industrial site in the UK.
 

What’s happening?

We are:

  • Managing the site for wildlife
  • Developing and delivering an events programme
  • The Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre opened in 2008 and is now delivering NVQ Level 1 & 2 courses in practical conservation skills on site.
  • Running the Eco-minds Project, which gives people with long-term mental health issues a change to meet people and gain confidence in a beautiful and inspirational natural setting.
     

Start date: 2008
Scheme area: 456 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Idle Valley

This scheme is helping species including...

Nationally important numbers of black-necked grebe, garganey, pochard and wigeon

Current threats to the landscape

Habitat fragmentation, canalisation, flood defences

This scheme is also...

Reducing flood risk, improving access for people, encouraging green tourism, providing health benefits, employment opportunities, volunteering opportunities, skills training and environmental education, producing local food

Partners

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Internal Drainage Board, Humberhead Levels Partnership, North Nottinghamshire College, local landowners such as Tarmac.

To find out more

Email: info@nottswt.co.uk | Tel: 01159 588242 | Idle Valley

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