Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group

Upcoming event

A talk that may be of interest to CWG members and others local to the area…

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Fungi Foray – Saturday, 20th October 2018

P1060908On a pleasant Autumn morning, more than twenty people joined our ‘Fungi Foray’ exploring the different types of mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi growing on and around Roundton Nature Reserve.

Led by fungi enthusiast Rob Rowe, the group found plenty of types before we had even left the car park! Moving up on to the hillside, we learned that there are around 15,000 species of fungi to be found in the UK alone, and that many are associated with particular trees: oak, beech and birch often host several different types, while ash and sycamore tend to offer little for the fungi hunter.

Fungi Foray leader Rob points out some of the aspects to look for when trying to identify different types.

Foray leader Rob provided tips for identifying different types of fungi.

Pale purple mushrooms found below oak tree on Roundton

With 15,000 species of fungi in the UK to get to grips with, even Rob was unsure of the exact identity of these pale purple mushrooms

A selection of the specimens found during the Fungi Foray

A selection of the specimens found during the Fungi Foray

Looking ahead

Future events planned by the group over the winter months include a talk by renowned wildlife photographer Ben Osborne and a nest-box building workshop. Details to follow as soon as the dates and venues are finalised.

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.  To download a copy of this report, select the appropriate link below:

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.

Click below to download more information on each of the interest areas:

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

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