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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

Marsh Violet Survey: the Hollies/Brook Vessons area
Wednesday 25th May 10am-3pm
Carrying out a survey of marsh violet in the wetlands on the east side of the Stiperstones.
Difficult access; Ground will be rough and wet – wellies essential.

Meet at Snailbeach Village Hall. Grid Ref: SJ 373 023

 

White Grit Meadows
Sunday 12th June 2-4pm

Parking on roadside corner. Grid Ref: SO 314 980

 

Lower Aston Farm Meadows near Bishops Castle
Thursday 16th June 7-9pm

See sign for ‘Castle Brides’ at top of drive. Grid ref: SO 300 917

 

Meadows at Upper Alport near Churchstoke SY15 6DS
Wednesday 22nd June 10am-12pm

1 mile out of Churchstoke just off Chirbury road. Park in farmyard. Grid ref: SO 273 952

Getting to know grasses: what to look out for, how to identify them and how they came about

Friday 8th July 10am-3pm
A day learning about grasses with indoor and outdoor sessions. Led by Dr Richard Gulliver

BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at the Natural England Office, Pennerley. Grid Ref: SO 357 985

 

Hope Common
Thursday 21st July 10am-3pm
A look around the plants of the churchyard, then going on to the diverse habitats of Hope Common.
The common is a more demanding walk, including some steep slopes.

Meet at Hope Church just off the A488. Grid Ref: SO 340 015

 

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

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.

Stepping Stones project news

The team at Stepping Stones are offering a free minibus tour of some of their projects from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 12th May, starting and finishing at The Bog car park on the side of the Stiperstones. Booking is essential – contact john.adams@nationaltrust.org.uk 

The tour will visit a curlew and lapwing survey project, habitat management work for butterflies near Roman Gravels and a nestbox scheme run by Rea Valley CWG.

Dragonfly ID course

Three dragonfly ID courses are open to anyone who is interested in attending. They are free to attend and fully funded by the Stepping Stones project, who have organised them 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 courses have most value if you can attend all three, but they must be booked separately via the following links:

Bumblebee training sessions

The project has organised a series of bumblebee-focused training sessions in 2022, working with the Bumblebees on the Mynd Project and Bumblebee Conservation Trust. These courses are designed as a progression, from beginner to intermediate.  They are for people who want to get involved in identifying and recording bumblebees, helping to increase local knowledge about the distribution and health of all local bumblebees, but especially our star species the Bilberry Bumblebee.

Both courses are free to attend but booking is essential.  Details and booking links below:

Wednesday 8 June – All UK Bumblebees
Intermediate level
9.30am – 3.30pm, All Stretton Village Hall
Identifying, recording and monitoring all 24 species of British bumblebee. Includes a heathland field session on the Long Mynd.
Details and booking here.

Wednesday 22 June – All UK Bumblebees
Intermediate level
9.30am – 3.30pm, All Stretton Village Hall
Identifying, recording and monitoring all 24 species of British bumblebee. Includes a meadow field session at Jinlye Meadows.
Details and booking here.

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 nearby events in the Festival that you might be interested in…

Wed 18th May – Green Hairstreak and Emperor moth survey day Part 1
A search for two of the
most charismatic butterflies and moths of the Shropshire Commons. Meet 11am at The Bog car park, Stiperstones.

Wed 25th May – Green Hairstreak and Emperor moth survey day Part 2
Meet 11am at
Heatham Gate entrance to Clee Liberty Common (SO573849).


Thu 2nd June – Green Hairstreak and Emperor moth survey day Part 3
Meet 11am outside
National Trust Tearoom in Carding Mill Valley, Long Mynd.

Fri 17th June – Join the Bog Squad
Wetland search for the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. 
Meet 11.00 at The Knolls car park, Stiperstones. Wet underfoot wear suitable footwear.

Fri 1st July – Butterfly ID workshop
Learn how to identify and record the butterflies and
day-flying moths of the Long Mynd. Importance of local recording (target maps available). Meet 10.30am for classroom session at All Stretton Village Hall followed by afternoon walk in Batch Valley, Long Mynd. Bring packed lunch, tea & coffee provided.

Sat 16th July – Moth morning and Big Butterfly Count.
Learn more about moths and how to
take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Meet 10am at Rectory Field car park in Church Stretton to go through moth trap followed by 12 noon butterfly walk to Townbrook Valley, Long Mynd in search of Grayling.


Sun 31st July – Introduction to moths.
Meet 10am at Burnt House, Clee St Margaret to look at
moths caught the previous evening (event courtesy of Polly Bolton, local Clee Liberty commoner).

Also planned for 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/

Welcome

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

BARN OWL SIGHTINGS

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

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.

Reports

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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Support

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