River Health Training Session
Read more on this and other future events here.
To read about our past events, click here.
Curlews need our help…
A lot of attention is focused on the curlew, which is struggling to maintain its numbers. As well as the local monitoring project that several Camlad Valley CWG members participate in, the ‘Curlew Country’ project is trying to protect these iconic birds. There are Volunteering Opportunities but if you can’t give your time they’d also be grateful for donations to keep the project going.
…and so do swifts!
The RSPB are currently having a big publicity campaign to raise awareness of Swifts and to encourage the installation of Swift boxes. There are articles across the press so do look out for them. More information is on their website – see https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/swift-family/
Separately, there is also an petition to have ‘swift bricks’, self-contained nest places for swifts, made by several UK companies, installed in every new home. You can read more and sign the petition here:
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.
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: