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About the Group
Volunteering is becoming increasingly vital to wildlife conservation in the UK, as many public and private sector conservation organisations are operating with considerably reduced resources. Nature is a subject that fascinates many people, but all too often nature interest groups do little to help conserve wildlife and the natural environment.
The Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group (SACWG) aims to change this and make a real contribution to local wildlife conservation by surveying and monitoring threatened species and habitats. The data collected by the SACWG is collated into an annual report, which will provide a number of conservation recommendations. This report is provided to important bodies such as Shropshire Council, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the National Trust.
The SACWG is run by the community for the community, with support from professional ecologists and local species experts. It was launched in February 2012, with support from the Shropshire Hills AONB LEADER programme. The Group covers an area of 108 square kilometres around the Stretton Hills (see map above) and currently has over 70 members, who are helping to record and conserve wildlife in the Strettons area. New members are always welcomed. For more information please contact the SACWG secretary.
The SACWG constitution is available here (MS Word format).
Survey projects are adopted by the Management Committee in consultation with members at the Annual Public Meeting, and will reflect the interests of the members.
To date, there have been thirteen projects adopted by the SACWG, to most of which you can still contribute. You may select the links below to find out more about these surveys. The projects are divided into three groups, depending on the level of activity in each.
- Active Projects. These are currently running formal surveys involving both members and local wildlife experts, working in collaboration.
- Informal Projects. These have ceased organised survey activities but are still accepting casual observations from the public relating to the subject matter of the project. See the project websites for information on what sort of information is still useful and who should receive it.
- Currently “Retired” Projects. These are currently neither active nor are they accepting casual observations. It is likely that some or all may be re-activated in the future as long-term (but not necessarily annual) observations are critical to monitoring changes in wildlife.
The SACWG Annual Report summarises the activities of the Group, with particular emphasis on the achievements of each of our surveys. To download the Annual Reports (in PDF format), select the appropriate link below:
- Annual Report for 2012
- Annual Report for 2013
- Annual Report for 2014
- Annual Report for 2015
- Annual Report for 2016
Future Survey Activities
Repeating surveys annually is far more valuable than continually changing activities, as this helps to monitor species and indicate if populations are increasing or decreasing. However, new surveys can be adopted if there is sufficient interest from the membership and someone to lead the activity. All members are invited to propose new surveys prior to the Annual Public Meeting. There will be an opportunity at the annual meeting to present potential new surveys to the group. Popular new survey activities can be adopted at this stage.
Annual Public Meeting
The 2017 Annual Public Meeting was held on 2 March 2017. The minutes of this meeting are available here.
Among the decisions made at the meeting was the institution of a new project group concerned with Curlew and Lapwing occurrence east of the Strettons (see “Breaking News” above). A link will be created to a page for this group as soon as it is underway.
For a list of the SACWG Committee and the leaders of each of the SACWG projects, select this link.
For more information on the Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group, contact:
- Steve Butler (Chair): (01694) 723 514 or SACWG_Chair@shropscwgs.org.uk
- Heather Hathaway (Secretary): (01694) 722 537 or SACWG@shropscwgs.org.uk
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Page updated: 05/09/2017 by AJA