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The photo above shows some of the new fencing which has been installed at Barns Farm near Asterton. The c.10m wide strips along the field boundaries will be planted up with a mix of native tree and shrub species to form a wide, scrubby corridor for ecological connectivity and habitat creation. We are calling these ‘woodrows’.
Stock will initially be excluded, but in 5-10 years time when the trees are big enough we’re hoping to occasionally run cattle through as a form of agroforestry and a management tool. With this in mind we will include palatable species like aspen and willow in there, along with plenty of hazel, hawthorn, holly, and other species with high wildlife value. The planting will be densest near the fences, thinning towards the middle of the woodrow to allow cattle to push their way through it in the future.
In addition to these woodrows we will also be planting hundreds of metres of more traditional narrow hedgerows.
Can you help? We hope all the planting can be done by volunteers like yourself! You can view planting dates and sign up via this link.
Monday 18th December – holly management
Hedge planting in 2024
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
On Sunday 16th October, the group returned once again to the beautiful Roundton Nature Reserve near Churchstoke. This time, we were on the hunt for fungi. The remarkably dry year so far had meant some fungi species were quite late in their usual development, but...
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...
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