UCCWG – NEWS

2018 Letter to Members
UCCWG Letter all members April 2018

UCCWG 2017 Report available

The 2017 UCCWG report can be downloaded here – UCCWG 2017 Report final
For previous year’s reports – see links below

 Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of Shropshire Wildlife Trust :
Events Autumn/Winter 2018; Spring 2019

Wednesday 19th September  : Wilderland – Wildlife and Wonder from the Shropshire Borderlands
Andrew Fusek Peters will share an evening of wonderful photos and stories, uncovering some of Shropshire’s hidden wonders. Andrew is a wildlife and landscape photographer whose photos regularly appear in national papers and photo magazines. Andrew’s work for the National Trust and Natural England has led to a new book entitled “Upland”.

Saturday 22nd September : Fungi Foray, Clunton Coppice 10 am – John Hughes, SWT’s resident fungi expert, will help us find and identify fungi in Clunton Coppice – edible and less so!  Meet at the car park in Clunton Coppice  SO 338806 at 10am,  wear stout shoes, it may be wet! All ages welcome but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 17th October : The Dormice of Shropshire
Nicola Stone and Sam Devine-Turner of Shropshire Dormouse Group

Wednesday 21st November : ‘Wild Waters – a natural history of Shropshire’s streams and rivers’.
Pete Lambert, River Projects Manager, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Wednesday 16th January 2019 : Russian Bears at the Finnish Line – Rick Morris, SWT
Fascinating glimpses of Europe’s largest predator, wild Brown Bears, in the midnight-sun-lit forests on Finland’s eastern border.

20th February 2019 at Church Barn, Bishops Castle
Lessons learned in trying to create a wildflower meadow. John Percy has spent 16 years working to convert a thistle-infested field into a species-rich wild flower meadow. He will tell the tale of his journey.

20th March 2019 : Rhona Goddard of Butterfly Conservation
will give us the latest news on the successes in improving habitat and numbers for one of our more unusual butterflies.

17th April 2019 : Curlews, preceded with Branch AGM
An update on the curlew project by Leo Smith.  Curlews suffered an estimated 77% decline in Shropshire between 1985-90 and 2008-13 and Community Wildlife Group monitoring shows the decline is continuing.

£2 members, £3 non-members, young people free. Booking essential by 19 September with Mary Eminson on 01588 640921

More details and much more, see us on Facebook/Clun-Bishops-Castle-Branch-Shropshire-Wildlife-Trust

UCCWG 2016 Report available

The 2016 UCCWG report can be downloaded here – 2016 Report compressed

UCCWG 2015 Report and Digest available

The 2015 UCCWG report and a 4 page digest of the report can be downloaded here – 2015 UCCWG Report and 2015 UCCWG Short report

UCCWG 2015 Spring Letter to Members

The Spring update and letter to UCCWG members can be found here – UCCWG Letter all members April 2015

UCCWG 2014 Report Digest

A summary of the UCCWG  activities in 2014 can be downloaded here – 2014 report digest

Looking after our hedgerows

A leaflet describing the best way to look after hedgerows for the benefit of birds and other wildlife can be downloaded here – Hedgerows revised 2015 final

New UCCWG Mammal Group

The Upper Clun Community Wildlife Group (UCCWG) decided at its 2014 Annual Meeting to expand its interests in birds, butterflies and plant life to mammals (and reptiles and amphibians). The aims are to:

  • Try to understand better the diversity and geographical spread of mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the Upper Clun/Clun Forest area
  • Promote recording and study of mammals and reptiles in our area.
  • Provide a forum for those interested in wild mammals and reptiles within the wider community and those recording other species in UCCWG.

Whether it is the wood mice and slowworms that may live in your garden, or bigger mammals like otters, foxes and deer, it would be useful to understand their distribution and population better so we can relate these to any changes in our local environment. You can help provide that understanding by recording when and where you see species.

Anyone at all can submit a record of a mammal. You don’t have to be an expert, if you are just out walking and see a mammal or one of their field signs you can submit that record. Don’t worry if you are not 100% sure about which species you have seen, as long as you provide us with as much information as you can.

How do I know what the animal is? – we will be organising a short training session (and possibly some walks) to help us be able to identify the more difficult/shyer animals in late may/early June. Date to be confirmed – if you could let Rob Harris (wilksharris@hotmail.com) know if you are interested in attending that would be great.

How do you submit a record? – Submitting a mammal record simply involves letting us know when you observe mammals. This could be a direct sighting, seeing a field sign or even hearing a distinctive species’ call. The information we need for a record is:

What the species is (if you can try and get a photo to submit with your record that greatly helps),
Where it was seen – grid reference if possible.
When it was seen,
Who saw it (name and email of observer – an email in case there is a query about the record, as they all have to be verified).

Photos are not a necessary component of a record but if you are able to get one they are incredibly useful for verifying records.

There is a recording sheet downloadable here: mammal recording form  or you can just send details to Rob Harris (wilksharris@hotmail.com). Certain details would be useful for each mammal record and guidelines are given below for what information is best for recording purposes. Please make sure that all fields are as complete as possible (for instance, if you are not sure of the exact grid reference, a description of the place is better than nothing). Only include a mammal record when you are certain of the identity of the species seen.

  1. Provide an accurate date for the record.
  2. Write either the common name or scientific name (please identify different species – e.g. harvest mouse, yellow necked mouse as opposed to ‘mouse’). In the case of bats – unidentified bat sightings can be recorded as ‘bat species’.
  3. Give a location along with the grid reference, for example, field, road name, etc. This allows us to verify grid references.
  4. Typical types of record are: live sightings, dead animals, tracks, burrows.
  5. Add any notes that you feel may be relevant, e.g. number of individuals seen.
  6. There is interest in all mammal species in the Upper Clun area no matter how common, as little information exists for even common animals like frogs or rabbits.

For those out surveying for plants, birds or butterflies, it would be useful if you could record incidental sightings or signs of mammals. Any estimate of the numbers of a particular species you see on your survey visits (no matter how rough) is more useful than recording ‘too many to count’, ‘present’, etc.

Please also indicate the method(s) by which the presence of the species was observed. It may be

  • Live animals seen by you
  • Dead animals – e.g. on the roadside
  • Field signs – e.g. tracks, droppings, molehills
  • Local knowledge of presence – e.g. from a landowner

UCCWG 2014 Annual Public Meeting – 20 November

The UCCWG Annual Public Meeting took place on 20 November at Newcastle Community Centre – for details see 2014 Meeting Poster

UCCWG 2014 Programme

The whole programme of events and activities for the UCCWG in 2014 is available here – Whole Programme 2014

Read the Autumn 2014 Bird Group Newsletter hereUCCWG Bird Group autumn 2014 newsletter

The UCCWG Annual Report for 2013 available now – in summary or as the full report

2013 report summary

UCCWG Report 2013

UCCWG – Botany Group Events – 2014

11 January 2014 (10am-4pm) scrub clearing workparty on Caer Din Bank wildlife site
24 May 2014 (2-4pm) Gardening for Wildlife event in Newcastle & Bettws y Crwyn
30 August 2014 (10.30am-2pm) Walk on Lower Shortditch Turbary + bilberries and pancakes

These are all on Saturdays

Tel: Fiona – 01588 680693/01743 284295

There will also be a Food Foraging walk organised by Rob Rowe this year. Date to be confirmed. Tel: 01588 630648

UCCWG – Butterfly Group – Conservation Workdays in 2014

Two volunteer workdays (both Sundays) are being planned to benefit the rare and declining Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly, which still has a few important populations locally.

26 January 2014 – in the Pant-y-lidan valley where last year a small group of volunteers cut back scrub to create a glade alongside a footpath and Dog Violets (the foodplant for the fritillary caterpillars) came back strongly from buried seed.

9 February 2014 – at Black Mountain 2 where the same group has cut and cleared rushes in past years, and where the fritillaries were seen nectaring again after an absence of two years.

If you would like to help us actively conserve the fritillaries and strengthen their populations in the Upper Clun area, please sign up for either or both workdays in the New Year.

Nick Williams, formerly Midlands Fritillaries Project Officer with the charity Butterfly Conservation, will arrange and lead the tasks. He can be contacted on 0121 550 9853 or by email at nw4frits@talktalk.net

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation Group

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation Group are looking for a grant. See more here.


 

 

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