Wanted: fritillary sightings!
Please email Rob Rowe ASAP if you see any fritillary butterflies, in particular Dark Green Fritillaries or Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillaries, in the Stepping Stones area. Any sightings would be welcome – they are on the wing now!
CWG Plant Group Events 2022
Space is very limited for some of these, so if you’d like to attend please book your place with Cassy Clayton on 01743 792 294 or via email@example.com
Roundton Hill Fungi
Sunday 16th October 10am-1pm
Identifying fungi on the nature reserve, including some steep uphill walking.
Meet at the Reserve car park near Old Church Stoke. Grid Ref: SO 292 946
Sunday 23rd October 10.30am-3pm
Identifying grassland fungi in the abandoned settlement. Jointly with Shropshire Fungi Group
There will be a 30-minute uphill walk to Blakemoorgate.
Meet at Snailbeach Village Hall. Grid Ref: SJ 373 023
Parking is limited at some sites so please contact Cassy if you are intending to come: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01743 792 294.
For all events, please bring good footwear, waterproofs and lunch if needed.
For further info on any events contact Rob Rowe 01588 630 648 or email@example.com
Stepping Stones project news
Insect ID courses
There is just one remaining dragonfly ID course, open to anyone who is interested in attending. It is free to attend and fully funded by the Stepping Stones project, who have organised it in conjunction with our neighbouring CWG for the Upper Onny. The courses are being taught by Sue Rees-Evans, who is an “absolutely brilliant tutor and great fun”.
The course must be booked via the following link:
The Stepping Stones Project
If you’d like to know more about the Stepping Stones project in general, they have made this short film.
Butterfly & Moth Festival 2022
Some planned events in the Festival that you might be interested in…
Moth morning at Batch Valley or Cudwell Meadow, Long Mynd. Meet 10am.
Date and location to be decided.
Moth morning at Clee Liberty Common followed by butterfly walk. Meet 10am
to examine moths, butterfly walk at 12 noon. Date and location to be decided.
You are invited to take part in any or as many of these sessions as you like. To book or for more information please contact the Our Upland Commons Butterfly and Moth Co-ordinator Mike Williams via firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Our Upland Commons (OUC) project please contact Renée Wallace OUC Project Officer – Shropshire Hills via
email@example.com or 07929 726337, or see https://foundationforcommonland.org.uk/
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.
What we do
Although we must of course abide by the Government’s instructions, it doesn’t mean that our efforts to monitor curlew numbers have to cease entirely. Find out more about how you can help.
See what we’ve been up to
The Group was recently able to host its first event since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, a walk exploring the plant life on the Roundton Nature Reserve near Churchstoke. Numbers on the walk were limited to minimise the Covid risk, but the small group who...
We held our AGM at Churchstoke Community Hall on 12th February. After the requisite AGM admin covered the Group’s Chair, Mary Napper, we had reports from Leo Smith and Rob Rowe on the respective activities of the Bird and Plant Groups. After a refreshment break, we...
Leaden grey skies and the occasional shower did not deter the twenty people who joined our birdwatching walk around Roundton Nature Reserve. In fact, the weather had more of an impact on the birds we hoped to see, as they were generally staying sheltered and being...
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.
The Camlad Valley Community Wildlife Group received financial support from the Stepping Stones project, which itself has received funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery. There is more information about the Stepping Stones project on their website.