Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group

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MMG Orchids talk 2019

If you would like to attend the talk please let Richard Small using the contact details above.

Highly recommended!

Birds of Shropshire by
Habitat & Season: a Birdwatching Course


This course is ideal for those wanting to improve their knowledge of birds.  It shows how to identify them through their appearance, habits and song, and is a mix of evening lessons on occasional Tuesdays throughout the autumn, winter and spring, with each one followed by a field trip the following Sunday morning.  (None of them are super-early dawn chorus jobs – they start at 9.30).

The Tuesday lessons are in the National Trust’s building in Carding Mill Valley near Church Stretton, while the field trips are at a variety of locations across Shropshire.  Full details of the places visited and other details of the course – including how to sign up – can be found here.

The cost of the course is £95 per person – terrific value when you consider that covers eight 2-hour lessons and eight field trips.  The people leading the course are incredibly knowledgeable, know where to find elusive species, and very friendly.

If you are interested, please let the course organisers – whose details are on that same webpage – know as soon as possible.  They need a few more participants to make the course viable and it would be a real shame if they couldn’t run it this season after having done so successfully for several years.

As someone who went on the course last year, I can personally vouch for the amount of fun everyone in our group had, and the massive improvement in our ability to spot and identify different bird species. 

The Birds of Shropshire

Coincidentally, this is also the title of a new book coming out in time for Christmas.  If you are interested, there are details on the home page of this site of a significant pre-publication discount for those who pre-order.

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.Survey results map-1


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.

 More Information

To join the Camlad Valley CWG or to get more information, please contact:

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