WECWG Habitat Mapping

Andrew Robinson, our Habitat Mapping survey manager, writes:

Hi all   The primroses and wood anemones are out, so it’s time to start thinking about habitat mapping!

Shropshire Council is desperate for basic habitat information to help their planners and ecologists respond to planning applications, and YOU can provide it – no previous experience needed, just eyes and ears and a willingness to walk around your local area recording what you see, whilst enjoying the countryside and the fine weather (fingers crossed that it lasts…). If you can tell the difference between woodland and pasture, and can spot a pond, a hedge or a mature oak in the middle of a field, then you CAN do this.

If you’re interested, please send an e-mail to Andrew with:

  • Your name
  • Your preferred contact method (email or phone number)
  • Your postcode (if you want to look locally), or an obvious reference point (village, Grid Ref) if you want to range further afield
  • Your survey experience

Shropshire Council will provide us with the maps, so the sooner you let me know where you want to survey the sooner we can all get started.  Don’t worry if you’ve never done any surveys before. Phase 1 mapping is quite easy and I’ll happily arrange a convenient date to come and see you for an hour or two to get you started.

For anyone who was involved with the community wildlife group last year, and has already mapped their local area, do please consider taking on a different survey area.  As a group, we’d like to map the whole of the Wenlock Edge area if we can.  If you still have any completed maps from last year, please send them to me at the Natural England address below.

I mentioned at the AGM that WECWG will also be surveying 6 existing Local Wildlife Sites for Shropshire Wildlife Trust this year.  If you’d be interested in joining me for any of those surveys, please let me know and say what you’d be interested in looking for (plants/birds/insects etc.).  I’ll post the dates on the website as soon as I can arrange access.

Best wishes and happy hunting.

Andrew Robinson
c/o Natural England
Parkside Court
Hall Park Way
Tel:  03000 601067

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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