Annual General meeting – and a talk
We are holding our AGM on Thursday 10th February at 7:30pm at Churchstoke Community Hall. This includes both the Bird Group & Plant Group reports for 2021, as well as details of our plans for the next few months.
The AGM will be followed by a talk `Reconnecting with Nature – How We Can All Contribute to the Nature Recovery Network` by Tammy Stretton (Conservation Officer for Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust). We are limiting numbers to the meeting (in line with present Covid regulations in Wales) and asking people to book in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and to please wear a mask.
Entry is free – members and non-members welcome. And if you could download the poster using the button below, then print it out and display it, we’d be very grateful for your help in spreading the word!
Have you seen a Barn Owl?
We want to record sightings of Barn Owls so that we can establish the best places to install nest boxes. Find out more about how you can help here.
Webinar: The Historic Landscape of the Stepping Stones Area
There is a webinar at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th February in which National Trust archaeologist Janine Young will talk about the region’s archaeology and how LIDAR surveying has added to our understanding of it.
It is free to attend, but booking is necessary. Contact Charlie on (email@example.com).
Stepping Stones volunteer opportunities
Thursday 10th February, 10am to 3pm. Tree planting at Belmore Farm near Ratlinghope to create wildlife corridors. Contact Charlie Bell on (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday 7th April, 10am to 2pm. Help to create a new pond at Cudwell Meadow, Church Stretton.
To our Shropshire members
Shropshire Council are running their community tree scheme again this winter, so if you would like to get some free trees it could be worth applying.
They will only be able to provide trees in multiples of prearranged bundles of 20, rather than offering applicants total freedom of tree species choices and numbers and successful applicants must be able to collect their trees directly from either of the two places helping us this year – Prees Heath Forest Nursery in the north of the county or John Holliday (formerly Potters Farm Tree Nursery) at Lower Hayton in the south.
There are some Ts and Cs applicable – for example, the trees must be “fully visible to the public, if not directly accessible, not within a private garden and outside of an existing woodland”. Full details of this year’s scheme, how it works and an online application form, can be found at the following webpage: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/environment/trees-woodlands-and-hedges/shropshire-council-community-tree-scheme-202122/.
Further details with regards to collection will be sent to successful applicants. Applications are processed on a first come first served basis and we will close the scheme when all the available trees are allocated.
Do you have an interest in reptiles and amphibians?
Camlad Valley Bird Report 2020
Like so many other aspects of life in 2020, our plans to repeat our annual survey of the local curlew population were knocked somewhat out of step by the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions arising from it.
However, our members kept their eyes and ears open, and many incorporated hunting for curlews into their allowed daily exercise. As a result, the project organiser, Leo Smith, has been able to put together a very respectable report into the numbers of curlews – and other species – to be found in our locality this year.
Douglas Boyes, Montgomeryshire County Butterfly Recorder, is asking people to report sightings of the orange-tip butterfly.
Appearances of the orange-tip are one of the signs of spring, but within Montgomeryshire there is only a patchy picture of their distribution. Douglas has therefore launched Operation Orange-Tip to encourage people to report sightings.
Full details of the information required for each sighting and where to submit it can be found on Douglas’s website: douglasboyes.co.uk/orangetip
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 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