The Annual Public Meeting of the Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group (SACWG) will be held in All Stretton Village Hall on Tuesday 1st March 2022. All are welcome to attend. Doors will open at 19:00 and the meeting will start at 19:30. You can download the...
There are two more Stepping Stones volunteering opportunities coming-up.
Thursday 10 February
Tree planting – Belmore Farm, near Ratlinghope. 10am – 3pm.
Thursday 7 April
Pond digging – Cudwell Meadow, Church Stretton. 10am – 2pm.
Book now for this Stepping Stones winter webinar. For this event, at 7.30pm on 8th February, National Trust archaeologist Janine Young will take us through some of the fascinating history and archaeology of the Stepping Stones area.
There are two upcoming hedge planting days and the Stepping Stones project needs helpers to plant thousands of trees to create future wildlife corridors for species like the Hazel Dormouse. They will be fun sessions suitable for beginners.
Who we are & What we do
The Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group (SACWG) is a friendly group of more than 100 people who live and / or work locally. We have been active since 2012 helping to record and conserve wildlife in and around the around the Strettons area – see the map below showing the area we cover.
The main work of the group is surveying locally threatened species and habitats. The results of the studies are provided to important bodies such as Shropshire Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, Natural England, and Shropshire Council to help them in their conservation efforts. We publish an annual report on our activities, issues of which are available for download here.
If you would like to get involved, either to share your local wildlife knowledge or to gain new knowledge, you are welcome to join us. Interest and enthusiasm are more important than in-depth knowledge as we have support from professional ecologists and local species experts, and training is available. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Secretary at SACWG@shropscwgs.org.uk.
You can download a copy of the SACWG constitution here.
Some of SACWG’s 2021 activities were supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, via the Stepping Stones Project. We are grateful for the invaluable support given by the Stepping Stones team at National Trust, Carding Mill Valley.
Annual Public Meetings
The 2022 meeting was be held on Thesday 1 March at All Stretton Village Hall. Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded from here (PDF)
The 2021 meeting was held as a virtual event on Thursday 25th February. The Zoom meeting was recorded so if you missed it, you can watch it online on the Middle Marches Community Land Trust channel on YouTube.
Privacy and GDPR Policy Statements
Click HERE to download our Privacy and GDPR Policy statements (PDF).
Group surveying activities re-started at the end of April 2021 and they are following the current government guidelines.
Dormice in the Strettons
This link is currently inactive as this project is in the planning phase.
Future Survey Activities
Repeating surveys annually is far more valuable than continually changing activities, as this helps to monitor species and indicate if populations are increasing or decreasing. However, new surveys can be adopted if there is sufficient interest from the membership and someone to lead the activity.
All members are invited to propose new surveys prior to the Annual Public Meeting. There will be an opportunity at the annual meeting to present potential new surveys to the group. Popular new survey activities can be adopted at this stage.
Common Snipe (Photo: John Harding)
These are currently neither active nor are they accepting casual observations. It is likely that some may be re-activated in the future as long-term (but not necessarily annual) observations are critical to monitoring changes in wildlife.
Photo: Caroline Uff
Activities & Achievements
The SACWG Annual Report summarises the activities of the Group, with particular emphasis on the achievements of each of our surveys. To read the Annual Reports (in PDF format), please click on the appropriate box below.
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