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Stepping Stones tree planting sessions

Tree planting is a great activity – it’s social (or not, depending on how you’re feeling!), good exercise, it gives you that feel-good factor, and at the end of the day you can see that you’ve achieved something tangible. You know that with each tree you plant you’re creating a potential nest site, food resource, or shelter for birds, bats, mammals and invertebrates – and also storing carbon of course.

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Free Event – Verges, Ditches & Hedges

You are invited to a day of inspirational talks about the importance and potential of road verges, hedges and ditches for our county's biodiversity and flood management. The event, organised by the Middle Marches Community Land Trust and sponsored by The Green...

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Introductory Birding Course

Do you enjoy watching birds? Would you like to expand yourexpertise by building on your current knowledge of common birds? Do you know which birds to expect in different habitats in Shropshire? Would you like to be able to identify the characteristic birds of the...

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Stepping Stones Wildlife Gardening Events

The Stepping Stones Project is hosting a series of events on the theme of Wildlife Gardening.  All of the events are led by Natural Gardener Nancy Lowe, an organic and wildlife-friendly gardener based near Shrewsbury. A workshop on Gardening for Pollinators on...

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A win for the swifts!

Swifts pair for life and are faithful to their nest site so when a site is lost, usually due to renovation, it can be catastrophic for the pair. The numbers of swifts breeding in the UK has declined markedly and they are now a Red List (Endangered) species

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Butterfly & Moth Festival 2022 – reminder

This is a reminder that the ‘Our Upland Commons’ project will be a holding a series of Butterfly and Moth events during spring and summer this year on the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Clee Liberty Common.  Please see the attached leaflet (PDF) for details of the events...

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Who we are & What we do

About us

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.


We occasionally send out announcements about SACWG activities, newsletters and other wildlife-related matters.  To receive communications from us, please go to our sign-up page.  Theres is no obligation and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact Us

For more information on the Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group,

email Isabel Carter (Chair)

email Julie Cowley (Secretary) or ☎️ 07580159183

For issues relating to this website,

email Sally Mawhinney (website maintenance)

Annual Public Meetings

The next AGM and APM will be held on Tuesday 27th February 2024 at All Stretton Village Hall.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The 2023 meeting was held on Wednesday 15th March at All Stretton Village Hall.  Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded from here (PDF)

Privacy and GDPR Policy Statements

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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)

Retired Projects

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

Annual Reports

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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