Camlad Valley WIldlife Group
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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  cassy.clayton@naturalengland.org.uk

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

Blakemoorgate Fungi
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: cassy.clayton@naturalengland.org.uk 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 rob@robrowe.co.uk

Stepping Stones project news

Green hay available

Do you have a small meadow, lawn or verge you are restoring to species-rich grassland?  If so green hay can be a great technique to increase the species diversity present.  You can read more about green hay on the Marches Meadow Group’s website here.  If you’d like a free source of good quality green hay, come along to our volunteer session on 18th August (details below). The only catch…you need to rake and bag it yourself!*

*If you can’t make the session but would like to collect some pre-bagged green hay afterwards, please email Charlie.

Green hay raking and collection

Thur 18 Aug, Gulley Green Farm, Little Caradoc, 10.30am onwards
We will be raking, bagging and collecting green hay from a fantastic local wildlife site meadow in the shadow of Caer Caradoc.  We need volunteers to help rake up the cut hay.  Participants are welcome to take green hay to help spread seed onto their own meadows and verges.
To book email john.adams@nationaltrust.org.uk

Scything refresher

Mon 15 Aug, Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, 1.30pm-4.30pm (free)
This afternoon session will cover scythe care and scythe maintenance, plus tips on how to refine your scything technique and opportunities to practice under supervision.  Participants will need some previous scything experience or prior attendance of a beginners’ scything course.  To book email john.adams@nationaltrust.org.uk

Help create habitat in the heart of Church Stretton

Thur 25 Aug, Church Stretton, 10am – 3pm
We are joining forces with a local project to create ‘Contemplation Corner’ in Church Stretton – for the benefit of wildlife and people.  On the 25th August we will be preparing the ground for some tree and hedge planting later in the year.  All welcome – we will start at 10am but drop in for as long as you want to.  To book email john.adams@nationaltrust.org.uk

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 venue is the Natural England building on the side of the Stiperstones at Rigmoreoak.

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…

During August:
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 mike2dewberry@hotmail.com.

To find out more about the Our Upland Commons (OUC) project please contact Renée Wallace OUC Project Officer – Shropshire Hills via
renee@foundationforcommonland.org.uk or 07929 726337, or see https://foundationforcommonland.org.uk/


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

Curlew Surveys

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.


Click through to view or download our annual reports from 2014 -2020.

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

Plant walk at Roundton

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...

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2020 AGM

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...

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Bird Walk, 26 May 2019

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...

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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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Financial support

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.