Survey schedule for Local Wildlife Sites on Wenlock Edge in 2014 are as follows (most sites will take about 3 hours to survey):
Saturday 17th May; 10AM The Yeld LWS. There’s parking at the South Shropshire Memorial garden (SO527906), or at the Blackwood Car Park and just walk up the road. SWT don’t have much information about this site, but I don’t think there’s much public access to the northern end so it should be less disturbed than some of the other woods.
Saturday 24th May; 10AM Stanway Coppice LWS (Wilderhope Coppice). Parking at Wilderhope Manor (NT) SO544928. A narrow ridge woodland which may have some limestone flowers as well as woodland species. There are other interesting small fields nearby which we could look at also.
Saturday 31st May; 10AM Wenlock Edge LWS (Easthope Woods). This is a big site which will probably take all day, so we may do it as two loops from two different start points – I’ll let people know beforehand. A steep and very varied woodland with open areas which have a number of limestone flowers previously recorded. There are several well-known tracks and footpaths, so you may already know this site better than me.
Saturday 7th June; 10AM Blackwood LWS (Springfield coppice) Parking at South Shropshire memorial garden as above. A mixed woodland with some nice open areas which should be excellent for birds and butterflies.
Saturday 14th June; 10AM (TBC) Netchwood Field LWS (edge of Ash Coppice) A tiny wood/grassland site on the road from Weston to Upper Netchwood. There’s no obvious parking so we may need to meet elsewhere and just take the one car down. As it’s so small I’m open to suggestions if anyone knows an interesting spot nearby that we could visit afterwards.
If you’re interested in helping with any of these surveys (and extra eyes and ears are always welcome) please contact me by email Andrew Robinson or andrew robinson or leave a message on 0300 060 1067.
Members of WECWG will be joining the Stretton Hills Botanical Survey Group* on surveys, some of which will be close to Wenlock Edge. The survey leader, a qualified botanist, will show the group how to identify plants, grasses, sedges and rushes in a relaxed way in some special areas of the local countryside that are not normally accessible to the general public.
The overall atmosphere of these groups is very relaxed and members do not need to have experience of plants or of habitat management, as this will be explained by the survey leader.
During 2014, the group meetings will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays – nine dates are planned between the end of April and the beginning of August. We generally meet at 9.30 am and carry on through lunch until about 2.30 pm. Bring a packed lunch and something to drink. Please contact the programme organiser for full details of dates, times and rendezvous, and other details.
IMPORTANT: for insurance purposes anyone wishing to join the group must register as a volunteer at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust prior to joining the group.
* the Stretton Hills Botanical Survey Group was started by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust in 2012.
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.
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