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 important. A map showing the areas covered by each group, overlain on the Curlew breeding distribution map from the 2008-13 Bird Atlas, can be found on the SOS website.

More information about each CWG, and the results of their individual bird surveys, can be found elsewhere on this website. All the Groups need more helpers, please.

Each CWG is planning to hold a Bird Group meeting next February or March to plan the survey. The 10 Community Wildlife Group areas, in order of formation, together with the date of their planned meeting, and venue, are

1 Upper Onny (Monday 14 March, Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street SY9 5BG)

2 Upper Clun (no meeting – contact Leo Smith)

3 Clee Hill (Monday 21 March, Recreation Rooms, 22A, Clee Hill High Street)

4 Rea Valley (Tuesday 22 March, Minsterley Village Hall)

5 Camlad Valley (Tuesday 15 March, The Horse and Jockey, Chirbury Road, Churchstoke)

6 Strettons area (Joint meeting with Church Stretton SOS branch: Wednesday 16 March, Methodist Church Hall, Watling St., Church Stretton)

7 Three Parishes (Weston Rhyn, St. Martin’s and Gobowen – Thursday 17 March. Venue TBA)

8 Tanat to Perry (Oswestry south – Wednesday 23 March, Morda Social Club, Pleasant View SY10 9NS)

9 Severn-Vyrnwy Confluence (Tuesday 22 February, Alberbury Village Hall)

10 Abdon (Wednesday 23 February, Abdon Village Hall)

To volunteer to help with one of the CWG surveys next year, come to the meeting, contact the relevant group via this website, or email Leo Smith (

(N.B. Check on the relevant Group page on this website that the meeting is still on before setting off to it)