There are 10 Community Wildlife Groups, which between them cover most of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the north-west of the County.
A map showing the area covered by each can be found here
For further information about each group, see individual Group pages below.
Plans for 2023
Several groups have planned Annual Meetings in February or March (see individual group pages).
Bird Group meetings will be held by most groups in March. For further information, see here.
All groups undertake bird surveys, mainly to monitor the local Curlew population. There are probably only about 120 breeding pairs left in the whole of Shropshire, so we haven’t got long to save them from location extinction.
Surveying and protecting declining species
Wildlife is an important part of our landscape and natural heritage but much of it is disappearing.
Community Wildlife Groups give local people a chance to do something about this by finding and recording wildlife of all types, so that existing populations and habitats can be conserved.
What the groups do
We bring together people interested in wildlife, undertake survey work to establish the status of key wildlife species and their habitats, encourage and enhance local interest in wildlife, and actively promote conservation.
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The 10 Community Wildlife Groups will all continue with their bird surveys to monitor the Curlew population, and several other target species. These surveys locate the Curlew breeding territories for the nest-finders in the project areas, so they are vitally...
We have raised most of the money we need to carry out the project in all these areas in 2022, from SOS itself, donations to the Appeal, and some grants, but we still need to raise a few thousand pounds more to do all that we would like to, particularly to start work...
The Upper Clun, Clee Hill and Strettons area Community Wildlife groups worked with the Shropshire Ornithological Society Save our Curlews campaign, to find nests, protect them with electric fences, and radio-tag and track chicks, to find out what happens to them....
Shropshire’s Community Wildlife Groups
Please note that the boundary of the Strettons area CWG actually follows parish boundaries, not OS tetrad grid lines like most of the other boundaries, and is therefore very tedious to draw in the mapping software. Also, when it was originally decided, it took no account of the boundaries of adjacent CWGs, and overlaps the eastern part of the Upper Onny area.
The actual SACWG boundary is the original parish-based map + the 30 tetrads covered by the bird survey, but for ease of presentation here the SACWG boundary also follows tetrad grid lines, and it includes all the tetrads that are substantially within the SACWG original area + the bird survey area. Tetrads in the SACWG area that are also in the area of adjacent CWGs are shown in the colour of the latter, but with a small green dot in their centre.
In practical terms there is no duplication or overlap in the activities of the GWGs concerned.
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