Anna Soubry joins Royal 50th Birthday Party at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Anna Soubry joined HRH The Duke of York and other guests for a special 50th Birthday celebration at the Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Attenborough Nature Reserve was Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve and was the reason the Trust itself was formed.  The site has been owned by a series of aggregate extraction companies, now Cemex, and demonstrates the partnership between industry and conservation.  The site comprises open water habitats, wet grassland, wetlands and woodlands.  It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most important wildlife areas in the East Midlands, being a previous winner of the aggregate industry’s Cooper Hayman cup for restoration.  The Attenborough Nature Centre was constructed in 2005 and is an award winning centre built to high environmental standards.  The centre provides education opportunities for around 4,000 school children each year as well as adult and other specialist groups.  The centre and reserve attract around 300,000 visitors each year providing an opportunity for a range of people to experience wildlife at close quarters

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th anniversary

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is 50 years old this year, having been formed on 11 May 1963.  The Trust has grown from a voluntary organisation to a professional body with 11,000 members, around 70 staff across the charity and its two subsidiaries companies that cover its trading operations and environmental survey work.  The Trust now has 70 nature reserves covering 1,500 ha, provides education sessions for around 10,000 people each year, provides advice to farmers and landowners and scrutinises every planning application in the county to influence impact on wildlife.  The Trust’s 50th anniversary will run until 11 May 2014 with a series of events, celebrations and activities.