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Bird walk at Roundton, 12th May

We enjoyed a walk in lovely weather – catching the last day of what for 2024 has been a unique warm and dry spell – around the Roundton nature reserve, spotting and/or hearing a total of 25 species.

The usually resident peregrines were not around, but highlights included excellent views of redstart, whitecap, linnet and stonechat, as well as this chap.  Not the best picture (taken on an i-phone) but it looked like a pearl-bordered fritillary.

Pearl-bordered fritllary

Many thanks to Leo Smith for his leading of the walk.


Plant Group events 2024

The new programme of Plant Group events for the upcoming year is now out.  From trees to rare species and fungi, there is something for everyone!

Check out the programme here.

Stepping Stones News

The Stepping Stones project has announced its Species Action Plans for twelve key species.  Three of the species are Mountain Pansy, Cowberry and Devils Bit Scabious.  If you spot any of these, the Stepping Stones team would really like you to record when and where and to let them know.

There’s full instructions on how to do all this – including how to identify the species in the first place! – here.



About us

The Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group (CVCWG) was set up to help local people help local wildlife. The group provides a chance to learn and get that little bit closer to some of our most fascinating plants and animals.

Participating in the group provides an opportunity to find out about the distinctive wildlife of the Camlad Valley and the area surrounding Corndon Hill and to share your local wildlife knowledge. You will receive free expert training and a chance to engage in local opportunities to perform valuable conservation work and have fun at the same time.

An annual report is issued each year, summarising the activities and accomplishments of the past twelve months and laying out plans for the forthcoming period. You can read our reports here.

Alongside other local wildlife groups, we participate in an annual survey of Curlew and Lapwing, and there are projects to protect and enhance diversity of the local flora.

Area of Interest

The geographical extent of the CVCWG’s activities is shown on the map adjacent (please click to enlarge), expressed in terms of tetrads (the 2 km x 2 km squares used in surveying many types of wildlife). 

The area includes Churchstoke, Hyssington, Priest Weston and Chirbury, so lies partly in England and partly in Wales. As a result, we have ties not only with the other Shropshire Wildlife Groups but also Powys-based bodies such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.

More information

To join the Camlad Valley CWG or to get more information, please contact:

Sandy Scott (Secretary) or Peter Fenner (Website Minder) at camladvalley@shropscwgs.org.uk

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Area of Interest

What we do

Barn owl


We want to hear of any Barn Owl sightings so that we can erect nesting boxes where they will be most likely to be used. Find out more about how you can help.

Curlew Surveys

Are curlew numbers continuing to decline?  The only way we can tell is by surveying them.  These means boots on the ground – will you add yours?


Click through to view or download our annual reports from 2014 -2023.

Here you can find out about our findings during the year and what we hope to achieve in future.

See what we’ve been up to

Past Events

Becoming Nature Detectives

Sam Devine-Turner hosted a really enjoyable session for us at Churchstoke Community Hall, showing an enthusiastic audience how to spot and interpret the different signs that mammals leave behind them.  She made sure everyone was thoroughly engaged and involved and...

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Russian bears on the Finnish Line

On Monday, 13th February, our AGM was followed by a return visit from Ric Morris, this time presenting his photos from "the trip of a lifetime" to see European brown bears on the Finland/Russia border. The bears literally crossed the 'Finnish Line' as they invariably...

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Confessions of a Teenage Skull Collector

On Monday, 14th November, we were treated to a highly entertaining talk at Churchstoke Community Hall by Ric Morris, describing how he first got into his passion for collecting animal skulls and some interesting episodes subsequently. One of the results of having this...

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Interested in joining?

Anyone who lives or works in the area, or has an interest in its wildlife, and who wants to actively contribute to local knowledge and conservation, is welcome. Membership is free.

Enthusiasm and interest in the area are far more important than specialist knowledge. Group members are assisted by experts in the relevant fields: they provide training to anyone who wants it on such topics as species identification, how to carry out a simple surveys and how to record the results. Survey work is easy and enjoyable, and members will learn new skills.


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The Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group received financial support from the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The lead organisation for the Scheme is the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, and the Scheme is hosted by Shropshire Council. Please see www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk