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Coronavirus Update

Given the current situation around managing the spread of the Coronavirus, it will come as no surprise that events and activities – including the annual curlew survey – have had to be postponed for the time being.

…But we can still keep our eyes and ears out for curlews!

Although we must of course abide by the Government’s instructions while the coronavirus emergency is ongoing, it doesn’t mean that our efforts to monitor curlew numbers have to cease entirely. 

Although it is not possible for our volunteers to conduct the usual surveys, we can ill afford a total loss of data on their population and distribution in 2020.

There are probably now only 120 pairs left in the whole of the Shropshire, and we haven’t got long to save them from local extinction. Therefore, within the restrictions applicable during the coronavirus outbreak, we’d really like to know of any curlews you see or hear.

Since 2003

Surveying and protecting declining species

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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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Curlew Monitoring

An important part of the SOS “Save our Curlews” campaign is knowing how many breeding pairs there are, where they are, and the population trends across the County. In 2019, around 94 – 115 pairs were found altogether, the vast majority of the County population. Over...

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SOS Save our Curlews Appeal – 2020

The Upper Clun and Clee Hill Community Wildlife Groups are working with Shropshire Ornithological Society (SOS) on a project to find and protect nests, and radio tag and track chicks. Finding out what happens to the chicks, and why so few of them fledge, is the key to...

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Surveying Update (Coronavirus restrictions)

You’ll have seen the guidance sent yesterday that the Community Wildlife Group surveys are suspended, although if the survey can be done within the coronavirus restrictions on daily exercise, it should be. Further guidance will be provided before the second survey...

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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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