A Bird Group meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 20 March,
at the Recreation Rooms, 22A, Clee Hill High Street,
to present the results of our work in previous years, and plans for 2023.
For the last 10 years Clee Hill Community Wildlife Bird Group have undertaken a survey to find out how many breeding pairs of Curlew and Lapwing there are in our area, and where. We need to know that before we can try and help them. If you can recognise Lapwing and Curlew (and preferably their calls), you can make an important contribution. If possible, we would also like you to record Kestrel, Cuckoo, and other target species, but that’s an optional extra.
If you regret the disappearance of Curlew and Lapwing from the local countryside, and want to do something to help stop it, we would like your help, please. New helpers will be very welcome.
In 2022, we located about 8 breeding pairs of Curlews in the area in April, similar to the last couple of years, but a lot less than the 13 pairs when we started in 2012. Are there more? Where are they?
The survey is easy to do, and only involves three 3-hour visits between the beginning of April and mid-June. Simple instructions and a map to record your observations are provided, and there will be a training session if you want to come.
Whether you join in or not, please let us know if you see Curlew, Lapwing or Kestrel anywhere in the area.
You can read about the Shropshire Ornithological Society (SOS) Save our Curlews campaign on the SOS website www.shropshirebirds.com/save-our-curlews/.