UOWG Plant Group

The Plant Group was formally established in 2013 and has three main activities: wildflower walks, surveys of potential or existing Local Wildlife Sites and recording of plants for botanical recording schemes such as those run by the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI). Records gathered by UOWG members contributed to the recently published ecological atlas of Shropshire’s flowering plants (see http://bsbi.org.uk/shropshire.html) . To ensure we can all do these surveys more effectively the Plant Group also runs informal workshops to hone our skills (whatever our starting point!)

Walks and recording days in 2018 will be led by Rob Rowe (ecological consultant) with assistance from Cassy Clayton (Natural England). Some of the workshop days are led by appropriate experts; places need to be booked and may involve a charge. A report on Plant Group activities for 2017 is available here as a guide to our activities and a leaflet with all the information for 2018 will be available soon.

For more information about the activities of the group and queries about the planned outings contact UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk

Plant Identification Workshops and Wildflower Walks 2018

The programme of ‘Wildflower’ Walks for 2017 is shown in the leaflet above. There may be unforeseen changes you are recommended to check with Cassy Clayton 01743 792294 or Rob Rowe 01588 630648 or e-mail UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk before the dates. Please bring good footwear, waterproofs and lunch if needed!

UOWG Plant Group members enjoying the spring sunshine and plants of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust's Brook Vessons Nature Reserve in May 2014. Photo copyright: Richard Small

UOWG Plant Group members enjoying the spring sunshine and plants of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Brook Vessons Nature Reserve in May 2014. Photo copyright Richard Small

If you have any suggestions for locations for future wildflower walks please e-mail UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk

Green-winged orchid seen on the Plant Group walk in the meadow at Minsterley, May 2016. Copyright Richard Small

Green-winged orchid seen on the Plant Group walk in the meadow at Minsterley, May 2016. Photo copyright Richard Small

Plants of Roadside Verges and Meadows

As part of the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme a project to identify the best roadside verges in the area started in 2014. The intention is to pass on the information to Shropshire Council and the Council’s contractor so that the best verges can be managed to conserve and enhance that value.

A simple recording form can be found by clicking on this link. If you wish to become involved please contact Rob Rowe (01588 630648 or e-mail UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk) who is co-ordinating the survey.

Please don’t try to survey verges while driving which would pose a threat to both you and the verges!

We also survey meadows on behalf of the Marches Meadow Group. As well as initial surveys follow-up surveys after green hay treatment are conducted.

Plant Surveys for Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Bluebells at Shelfield photographed in May 2013 during a plant survey by kind permission of the landowner. Copyright Alyson Small

These surveys of Local Wildlife Sites aim to update the list of plant species and NVC communities present, and to assess the condition of the sites. We will survey the sites suggested by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust in 2017.

Please note that these surveys need permission from landowners and you should check that they are going ahead before the date stated. For this reason only minimal details will be given on the website.

Full details of dates, times and rendezvous, and other details will be available by email from the programme organiser.  IMPORTANT: for insurance purposes anyone wishing to participate in these surveys must first register as a volunteer with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust prior to joining the group.

The Upper Onny Wildlife Group has been asked to survey more Local Wildlife Sites in 2017; if you are interested in taking part (no experience needed) please contact UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk

For any further information on the Plant Group please e-mail UOWG@shropscwgs.org.uk


The Upper Onny Wildlife Group receives financial support from the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The lead organisation for the Scheme is the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, and the Scheme is hosted by Shropshire Council. Please see www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk

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