UCCWG – Bird Group

The primary aim of the bird group is to establish the population and distribution of Lapwing and Curlew, and to begin to map the distribution of other species of conservation interest. The target species have varied from year to year, there were 13 in 2011.

The habitats used in the area by 5 target species (hedgerow and farmland birds) were recorded in 2008 and 2009. Results were published in the annual report, and led to the production of the leaflet ‘Please Help Hedgerow Birds.’

Upper Clun Save our Curlews Report 2018 complete

Click on the above heading to download the report on the Save Our Curlews project

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

Read the Autumn 2014 Bird Group Newsletter here: UCCWG Bird Group autumn 2014 newsletter

Read the Summer 2014 Bird Group Newsletter here: UCCWG Bird Group Summer 2014 newsletter

Read the March 2014 Bird Group Newsletter here: Bird Group newsletter Mar 2014


Cause for Celebration! A message from Michelle Frater

On 21 November 2013, UCCWG held its Annual Public Meeting. I was delighted to be able to chat to several members, and thank you for your contributions to the group’s work. Those who came along heard a series of impressive presentations detailing the achievements of the Wildlife Group over the last seven years, among them one given by Lucy Roberts of Natural England, thanking the group for its valuable contribution to the process of drawing up agreements for land to be managed under the Environmetal Stewardship Higher Level Scheme (HLS). It’s a testimony to the importance of the group’s work that Natural England was prepared to come along to our event.

Even more gratifying were the maps that Lucy presented, showing the spread of HLS agreements over the Upper Clun. The process is not yet complete, but already well over seven square kilometres of land are covered by HLS agreements designed to conserve valuable wildlife habitat for the birds, plants and butterflies we all care so much about. The agreements correspond well with the sites identified and surveyed by the Wildlife Group, demonstrating that its work has had a direct impact on conservation in the Upper Clun.

So a huge thank you to all of you who contributed to this effort, in whatever capacity – surveys, recording around your home or farm, sending casual records or hosting nestboxes. The success of the group depends on your contributions, and I hope this ringing endorsement of their value will inspire you all to keep up the good work. I look forward to working with you again in 2014.


UCCWG Nestbox Scheme – getting prepared for the breeding season

Nest monitoring is a key part of our Small Woodland Species Nestbox Scheme.  Before April, relocate any boxes as required. Check that the lids are sound & replace wires if necessary. From mid-April onwards, check your boxes to see if nest-building has started; only begin to record once it has.

The recording form and instructions can be downloaded here – Recording form  Recording instructions. Please follow the instructions when filling in your record sheet. The more accurate and detailed your records are, the greater the contribution they make to conservation. It can be filled in by opening it in Word – just click on each box to start your entry; when complete it can be returned as an email attachment, or you can print it out, fill it in by hand and send it back. If you have only a few records, you can send them to Michelle Frater in a simple email.



To download the ‘Dippers in the River Teme Catchment’ 2010 report click – Shropshire Dippers Report 2010. See the summary below.

dipper summary


The Groups received start-up funding from the Community Wildlife Groups in the Shropshire Hills LEADER Project. Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas.



Page updated: 08/01/2014 by Rob