The Hook

 Location located off Holme Road in Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

 

Size 

The site is quite extensive covering approximately 15 hectares.

 Geology and Soil

The underlying geology at The Hook consists of alluvium (clay and silt underlain by sand and gravel) representing the floodplain deposits of the River Trent. The rising ground along the southern margin of the meadow is a river terrace (a former floodplain of the Trent, now abandoned following down cutting by the main channel. The terrace deposits consist of sand and gravel and are between about 30 000 and 12 000 years old. (Carney, J. 2007 pers comm)

 

 Site Description

The Hook consists of a mixture of habitats including river and embankment habitats, mature hedgerow, grassland, ditches and occasional scrub.

 

Context

The Hook is located close to the centre of Nottingham, in the Lady Bay area of West Bridgford and is situated alongside the River Trent, providing an extension to what is already a significant ecological resource and wildlife corridor.

 

To the east, the wildlife corridor continues into a rural environment, linking via Simpkins Farm to Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre and to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserve of ‘Skylarks’. Beyond this The Trent meanders north east to exit the borough at East Bridgford continuing in a northerly direction.

 

The combination of The Hook and sites to the east, along with the River Trent creates significant wildlife corridor enhanced by a mosaic habitats and open green space. It is important not to view The Hook in isolation, but as part of a system of sites, which will be enhanced by bringing The Hook into positive management for conservation.

 

Diversity

The diversity of habitats currently found at The Hook include, amenity grassland, rough grassland, ditch, hedgerow and scrub. As the majority of the site is informal amenity grassland the diversity is limited but when combined with the adjoining river and farmland habitats the habitat diversity is increased and therefore the wildlife resource increases. There is great potential to improve the biodiversity of the site, and therefore the wildlife corridor, through conservation management and the creation of some additional habitats. However, the presence of important underlying archaeology limits the habitat creation potential.

 

There has been a range of bird species recorded on this site including Mallard, Moorhen, Magpie, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Robin, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail and Bullfinch. Water Voles are also present within the drainage ditch on site. The Water Vole is a Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan priority species which is also protected by The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, this means that the management and expansion of their habitat will be a priority on this site.