Future Events

Bird walk


Sunday, 26th May 2019 at 10.00am (finish around 1.00pm).
Roundton Hill Nature Reserve
Joint event with Montgomery Wildlife Trust (owners of Roundton Hill Reserve)

Join us to look for the special birds in our spectacular area. Peregrines and Red Kites nest nearby, and are frequently seen, while Redstart and Pied Flycatcher nest on the reserve. Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Wheatear, Blackcap and other warblers, and Raven, are also likely to be seen or heard.

Meet at Roundton Hill car park (grid reference SO293947)
From junction of A489 and A490 in Churchstoke, take A489 towards Bishop’s Castle / Craven Arms, and take first turning on the left, signposted Old Churchstoke (with Brown Duck nature reserve sign). After about a mile, turn right, then right again after another half-mile and follow lane down valley to reserve entrance through gate and ford.

It’s rough terrain, so please bring suitable footwear and wind- and waterproof clothing, as well as binoculars if you have them.

If the weather might lead to the walk being cancelled, please check this page before setting off.

Here is a poster promoting the event: Camlad Valley CWG Bird Walk 2019  If you have somewhere to display it, please do!

Exploring local plant life

We also have a series of events for discovering, identifying and enjoying local plants in the Camlad, Rea Valley and Upper Onny Wildlife Groups areas.  All the events are open to anyone interested in plants, whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced botanist or are somewhere in between.

Saturday 27th April 10.30am – 2pm
Gittinshay Wood

A session on woodland plant identification and producing a species list for this woodland.
Meet at Daffodil Car Park near Pollardine Farm. Grid ref: SO 394 000

Wednesday 15th May 10.30am – 1pm
Early grasses, Hurdley

An introduction to early grasses and looking at woodland plants.
Meet at Roundton NNR car park near Old Churchstoke. Grid ref: SO 292 946

Wednesday 22nd May 10.30am – 1.30pm
Wildflower Verges, Prolley Moor

Discovering the plants to be found in roadside verges and monitoring the progress of last year’s verge management.
Meet in Wentnor by the church. Grid Ref: SO 383 927

Monday 10th June 10.30am – 2.30pm
Meadows and Grassland, Stapeley

Exploring some of the flower-rich grasslands in the area.
Meet by White Grit Tin Church, parking on roadside corner. Grid ref: SO 314 980

Monday 24th June 10.30am – 2.30pm
Rush pasture, east side of the Stiperstones
A day surveying species-rich grassland and rush pasture and the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies might be flying too.
Meet at the Knolls (Stiperstones NNR) car park. Grid ref: SO 370 976

Tuesday 9th July 10.30am – 2.30pm
Rush pasture, east side of the Stiperstones
A day surveying species-rich grassland and rush pasture.
Meet at the Knolls (Stiperstones NNR) car park. Grid ref: SO 370 976

Wednesday 17th July 10.30am – 2pm
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes, Stapeley
An ID day, looking at grasses, sedges and rushes.
Meet at the Mitchell’s Fold car park, by the road corner. Grid ref: SO 302 977

Sunday 20th October 10.30am – 1.30pm
Fungi Identification, The Bog plantation
A morning identifying fungi in the woodland below The Bog
Meet at The Bog car park. Grid ref: SO 358 978

Bird survey

This is the time of year when we revive our annual project monitoring local populations of birds, with emphasis on curlew and lapwing.

Under the oversight of Leo Smith, our area is divided up into tetrads consisting of four kilometre squares.  Each tetrad is then explored by a volunteer on three dates within specific periods, who records sightings of  any curlew and lapwing, as well as other bird species beyond the ubiquitous crows, pigeons, house sparrows and Canada geese.

Here is a map of the tetrads covered by the Camlad Valley CWG.Camlad Area Map

Our Bird Group met at the Horse and Jockey in Churchstoke on 18th March, with the result that volunteers were found for most of the tetrads.  However, three still (as at 21 March) remain to be covered: SO29L, SO29N and SO29U.

Surveying a tetrad involves working out a route that will cover as much ground as possible, then tracing it on foot on three occasions:

  1. between 23 March and 7 April
  2. between 20 April and 5 May
  3. between 8 June and 23 June

If any curlews are found during the second and third surveys, this would very likely mean there were nests in the locality, so a further survey would then be done between 6 and 21 July.  Each survey should take around 2-3 hours.

If you would like to cover one – or more! – of the remaining tetrads, please contact Leo (leo@leosmith.org.uk) for full details.

Curlew and lapwing numbers have both declined markedly in recent years.  Efforts are being made to halt this decline, but underlying this activity is the need to record their numbers – even if this is a zero count in particular areas.  This survey is therefore vital and if you get involved you will be helping to make a real difference.

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