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Bingham Linear Walk


Welcome to the website of Friends of Bingham Linear Park. The park is a Local Nature Reserve running along the line of an abandoned railway.

The Park is owned by Bingham Town Council. It was opened in 2004 by the late Professor David Bellamy. The Friends Group has been in existence since 2002 and is chaired by Bill Bacon. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have provided support and guidance to the Friends Group and to Bingham Town Council. There is a management plan for the park which the Friends use to guide their activities. The main aims of the management plan are to enhance and preserve the biodiveristy of the site and to maintain it for the users of the park.

We welcome volunteers - corporate days or Duke of Edinburgh students or come along to one of our events. Contact details below.

BIODIVERSITY


The park is a haven for a wide range of plants and animals in an otherwise intensely farmed landscape. The old railway line provides a variety of slopes, surface types and aspects which also encourages a diverse array of wildlife.

Events coming up


Unless otherwise stated all start at top of steps Tithby Road Bridge at 10 a.m. 


Stout shoes needed. 

    Wear clothes suitable for weather (the path is quite exposed with little shade for significant length). 

     

             16th June 2024 - walk to see what is out and about - birds, flowers, insects esp butterflies.

             21st July 2024 - wildlife walk.  

             25th August 2024 - wildlife walk as above.

             29th September 2024 - walk to agree work party activities and to pick blacberries and apples




    Mayflies are flying by the River Smite

    Grizzled Skipper news

    First Grizzled Skipper of the season was spotted on 11/05/2024

    Flooding Winter 2023/24 


    Water is flowing off the fields onto the path so please be careful. 


    Most of the path is relatively dry.

    Winter work parties


    Work parties have started for the winter season - lots to do, especially tidying up after the machine that has helpfully cut back the brambles.

    Elaine Awarded


    Elaine has been recognised by Bingham Town for her over 20 years of volunteering for Friends of Bingham Linear Park. She received a Civic ward at a ceremony in the new Bingham Arena (12 March 2023).

    WORK  PARTIES


    In the period October to March the Friends Group carries out activities as per the management plan. This includes cutting back scrub and other vegetation that has blocked the path, coppicing the hazels to keep them healthy and removing litter. We want to preserve some areas of grassland in the steep cutting near Tithby Road bridge and this requires annual maintenance as the tree seedlings keep invading.

    Volunteers to help us are always welcome. We have helped young people obtain Duke of Edinburgh awards by their volunteering with is.

    HISTORY


    The railway line originally ran from Bingham to Barnstone. It was never very busy and was mainly used for freight. It was closed in the 1962. Where the line was the same height as the surrounding land it was reverted back into fields. Luckily for us it has remained wild near Bingham as it is in a deep cutting and then raised above the surrounding land on an embankment.

    WALKS AND SURVEYS


    In the period April to September the Friends carry out surveys and regularly walk the park observing the seasonal changes. On the third Sunday of the month the public are invited to join the walk down the park. The walk starts at the top of the steps by the Tithby Road bridge at 10.00 am. The surveys are to record the number and type of butterflies along a transect as well as birds. This way we can build up a picture of the changes happening in the park. To this end fixed point photos help us monitor  long term changes in the park.

    LOCATION

    Walks start at approx NG13 8GP

    52.947026291271, -0.9581200542808858

    Parking is available on the street on Langar Road and Mill Hill Road.

    How to contact us?


    You can also find us on Facebook:

    Friends of Bingham Linear Park



    NOTTS WILDLIFE TRUST

    If you are interested in local wildlife then you may be interested in Notts Wildlife Trust. Contact them via their website:

    http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.uk


    Or for a more local view try South Notts wildlife group at:

    http://southnottswildlife.org.uk


    Link to drone film of the Linear:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sek3_Y5nNzA

    BINGHAM HISTORY

    Find out more about local history via the Bingham Heritage Trail Association:

    http://www.binghamheritage.org.uk/


    Linear park species list:

    http://www.binghamheritage.org.uk/natural_history/surveys/list_species.php


    BINGHAM TOWN

    Bingham Town Council have a website :

    http://www.bingham-tc.gov.uk/


    Flowers


    Here are pictures of some of the wild flowers to be seen in the summer on the reserve.

    Foxglove

    Digitalis purpurea

    Dog rose

    Rosa canina

    Musk mallow,

    Malva moschata

    Large speedwell Veronica teucrium (Dave Gilbert)

    Dark Mullein,

    Verbascum nigrum

    Stonecrop

    Sedum acre

    Kidney vetch

    Anthyllis vulneraria

    Smith's Pepperwort

    Lepidium heterophyllum

    Creeping cinquefoil

    Potentilla reptans

    Wild thyme

    Thymus serpyllum

    Hogweed and bumble bee

    Heracleum sphondylium

    Knapweed and large skipper

    Centaurea nigra

    Butterflies photographed on the Linear:

    Other insects and spiders:

    Birds photographed on the Linear: