Latest News – 2019
Starting in October 2019 “Birds of Shropshire by Habitat and Season”. This beginners- and improving-level birdwatching course, co-sponsored by the Church Stretton branch of the SOS and the National Trust (Cardingmill Valley & Shropshire Hills), is again being offered, starting in October 2019. For further information and instructions on taking part, please visit the course website.
About the Group
The Group has been running since February 2012 with the aim of bringing together people interested in wildlife to do something positive for local species. The groups activity is centred on the open hill land of Titterstone Clee and Clee Hill Common, and includes the surrounding land which provides the landscape and community setting of the Hill, extending approximately as far as Knowlegate and Knowbury to the south, Bitterley to the west, Cleedownton and Bromdon to the north, and Catherton Common and Doddington to the east. Since February 2012, over 80 volunteers have been involved with five different wildlife survey groups, 20 people have helped with the general running of the group through our steering committee, and other local people have given their time to help at public meetings and events. It’s also been enjoyable and fun! Our five survey groups have focused on Lapwing & Curlew, woodland birds, butterflies and moths, Peregrine breeding, and botanical surveys of wildlife sites (see below for the survey group pages). The valuable data generated from the surveys is being used to benefit local wildlife in practical ways: help has been offered to landowners to access agri-environment schemes, new wildlife sites have been adopted by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and practical works have been carried out on a number of local wildlife sites.
Thank you to everyone involved for all your support and help so far. All are welcome, all you need is enthusiasm for our local area and its wildlife. We look forward to hearing from you.
Some Pictures – Early June 2018
Thanks to Eric for providing some lovely photos he took of our more unique wildlife in the Clee Hill area early June. See if you can identify each of them from the list below.
Linnet, Meadow Pippit, Peregrine, Stonechat, Green Hairstreaks, Green Veined White, Broad Bodied Chaser, Wall Brown, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Green Tiger Beetle, Cuckoo, Wheatear
The Clee Hill Community Wildlife Group Needs Your Help For 2019
We were greatly helped initially by Cath Landles from the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership and by a number of outside folk who helped to set up the Clee Hill Community Wildlife Group and organise the various surveys. Now the funding that we received to support the group is beginning to run out and we need to stand on our own two feet.
We are looking for local residents to join our committee to fill vacant posts and provide general support. The committee members are responsible for running the group and contributing ideas for wildlife activities. Interest and enthusiasm are more important than expertise! It’s not a huge commitment and shouldn’t take up too much of your time – a few weekday evening meetings and 1-2 public meetings each year. It’s also enjoyable to be involved with our committee (believe it or not!) so please get in contact if you think you can help out. To find out more please contact Sue Dawes (Chairwoman) by email.
The Survey Groups
If you are interested in our achievements to date then please have a look at our Annual Reports:
Rush Pastures Management Factsheet. Butterfly Conservation have created this factsheet which provides guidance on rush pasture management – with the aim of benefiting wildlife. There is a lot of rush pasture habitat in the local area, so hopefully local landowners might find this useful.
Page updated: 28/08/2019 by CB