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Coronavirus Update and Plans for 2022

Many of our events and activities were curtailed or cancelled in 2020 and 2021, as a result of Government restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. We hoped that things would get back to normal in 2022, but that is unlikely to happen for some time. At the start of the year there were no restrictions in place that would affect our activities and the Prime Minister announced on 5 January that there will not be any further restrictions in England. If that should change, all activities will be conducted in accordance with whatever Government Covid-19 restrictions are in place at the appropriate time. In addition, all groups will consider whether it is prudent and safe to carry on with meetings, events and activities, irrespective of formal Government restrictions.

Most groups have made plans for an Annual Meeting in February or March, and a Bird Group meeting in March, but actually holding the meetings may be  in doubt. Please check the Group’s pages on this website before setting off.

There has been no suggestion that the “stay at home” rule of 2020 will be brought back, so we intend to undertake our Bird Surveys, and other outdoor activities, in 2022. We are planning accordingly.

The main purpose of the bird surveys will be to monitor the Curlew population. There are probably only about 120 pairs left in the whole of Shropshire, so we haven’t got long to save them from location extinction.

All Groups need new helpers please.

A general description of the surveys can be found here

If you want to help, or need more information, please email Leo Smith (leo@leosmith.org.uk)

Since 2003

Surveying and protecting declining species

About Us

Wildlife is an important part of our landscape and natural heritage but much of it is disappearing.

Community Wildlife Groups give local people a chance to do something about this by finding and recording wildlife of all types, so that existing populations and habitats can be conserved.

What the groups do

Our mission

We bring together people interested in wildlife, undertake survey work to establish the status of key wildlife species and their habitats, encourage and enhance local interest in wildlife, and actively promote conservation.

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Bird Surveys in 2022

The 10 Community Wildlife Groups will all continue with their bird surveys to monitor the Curlew population, and several other target species. These surveys locate the Curlew breeding territories for the nest-finders in the project areas, so they are vitally...

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Save our Curlews Campaign and Appeal

We have raised most of the money we need to carry out the project in all these areas in 2022, from SOS itself, donations to the Appeal, and some grants, but we still need to raise a few thousand pounds more to do all that we would like to, particularly to start work...

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Curlew surveys and project work 2021

The Upper Clun, Clee Hill and Strettons area Community Wildlife groups worked with the Shropshire Ornithological Society Save our Curlews campaign, to find nests, protect them with electric fences, and radio-tag and track chicks, to find out what happens to them....

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Since 2003

Shropshire’s Community Wildlife Groups

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3 Parishes

We cover the parishes of  Gobowen & Selattyn, Weston Rhyn and St. Martins.

Abdon District

Abdon Wildlife Group started up in the spring of 2016. We are a group of local residents who are interested in our area’s natural history.

Camlad Valley

We cover Churchstoke, Hyssington, Priest Weston and Chirbury, so we are partly in England and partly in Wales.

Clee Hill

Centred on the open hill land of Titterstone Clee, Clee Hill Common and Catherton Common, and includes the surrounding land .

Rea Valley

Our area includes Pontesbury, Minsterley, the Stiperstones and the Hope Valley.

Severn-Vyrnwy

We were set up in February 2018 to monitor Lapwing and Curlew. We cover Alberbury, Melverley, Pentre and Westbury.

Strettons Area

We have been active since 2012 helping to record and conserve wildlife in and around the around the Strettons area.

Tanat to Perry

Extending from Oswestry in the north to Kinnerley in the south, and eastward from the Welsh border to Ruyton-XI-Towns: from the Tanat to the Perry. 

Upper Clun

We cover the catchment area of the River Clun west of Clun, including the valleys of the River Unk and the Folly Brook.

Bettony

Upper Onny

We cover the area between the Long Mynd and the Welsh Border, including the parishes of Ratlinghope, Wentnor, Norbury, Myndtown, More and Lydham. 

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