Strettons Area

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Investigating biodiversity

Since 2011 a small planning group has had the aim of developing the Stretton wetlands as part of the Town Plan. The group has worked with the various landowners of a little used marshy area on the edge of Church Stretton (SO451933). A detailed Phase 1 report was carried out in 2012 which made several recommendations including the building of scrapes and improvements to the footpath which crosses through the wetlands.

The 1841 tithe map shows that several fields were called Eel Pool. The Environment Agency dredges the Quinny Brook regularly to maintain the flow and new storm drains were built in 2015 when a new sewerage system was installed. However bore hole surveys in 1961 indicated a layer of peat between 6 to 12 feet thick under a thin level of topsoil (1 foot) in some parts, indicating that much of the area has been natural wetland for many centuries. Walking in certain areas, and in the brook, can prove somewhat hazardous!

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Cudwell Meadow Vegetation Survey

An informal survey of plant species in Cudwell Meadow was carried out on three occasions between May and July 2020.  The purpose of the vegetation survey was to set a baseline, to assess the current situation, to inform management decisions and to measure subsequent...

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2019 Water vole survey

Members from the Shropshire Mammal Society conducted a survey of the Wetlands on 21 June 2019.  The mammal traps which they set yielded wood mouse and young bank vole, as well as two positive confirmatory signs of water vole – at last!  Also, two otter spraints were...

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