News of an opportunity to see young curlews close up from the Curlew Country project.
As part of the project, to help turn around the rapid decline in curlew numbers, some eggs are being taken from curlew nests to be hatched in places secure from predators and give the young birds a head start in the battle for survival. This year’s ‘headstarted’ chicks are nearly ready to be released back into the natural environment.
The project is offering opportunities to see the birds before they are released and find out more about the project generally and the headstarting process. The first is on Saturday 20th July. Half-hourly tours will take place between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The second will be on Thursday 25th July between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01743 296100 for details of the venue, etc, but please bear in mind there are a few rules you will need to observe: visitors to the chicks will be asked to wear clean clothes, have no contact with poultry on the day of the visit and to stay quiet and calm during the visit.
Plant Group events
Interested in finding out more about local plant life? Check out the series of events lined up on our Future Events page, where you can also find details of a bird walk at Roundton on the morning of Sunday, 26th May.
The Group’s Aims & Objectives
The Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group was set up to help local people help local wildlife. The group provides a chance to learn and get that little bit closer to some our most fascinating plants and animals. Participating in the group provides an opportunity to find out about the distinctive wildlife of the Camlad Valley and the area surrounding Corndon Hill and to share your local wildlife knowledge. You will receive free expert training and a chance to engage in local opportunities to perform valuable conservation work and have fun at the same time.
An annual report is issued each year, summarising the activities and accomplishments of the past twelve months and laying out plans for the forthcoming period. You can read our reports here.
Alongside other local wildlife groups, we participate in an annual survey of Curlew and Lapwing, and there are projects to protect and enhance diversity of the local flora.
Read about our future events here.
To read about our past events, click here.
Area of Interest
The geographical extent of the Camlad Valley CWG’s activities is shown on the map below, expressed in terms of tetrads (the 2 km x 2 km squares used in surveying many types of wildlife). The area includes Churchstoke, Hyssington, Priest Weston and Chirbury, so lies partly in England and partly in Wales. As a result, we have ties not only with the other Shropshire Wildlife Groups but also Powys-based bodies such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.
Anyone who lives or works in the area, or has an interest in its wildlife, and who wants to actively contribute to local knowledge and conservation, is welcome. Membership is free.
Enthusiasm and interest in the area are far more important than specialist knowledge. Group members are assisted by experts in the relevant fields: they provide training to anyone who wants it on such topics as species identification, how to carry out a simple surveys and how to record the results. Survey work is easy and enjoyable, and members will learn new skills.
To join the Camlad Valley CWG or to get more information, please contact: