Upper Clun Wildlife Group
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About us

The Upper Clun Community Wildlife Group’s geographical remit covers the catchment area of the River Clun west of Clun, including the valleys of the River Unk and the Folly Brook, plus that part of the Bettws y Crwyn parish that is outside the River Clun catchment area. This is around 120 square kilometres. To learn a little about the landscape of our area, please visit our [Habitat and Geology page].

The Group’s aims are to:

  • undertake survey work to establish the status of key bird and plant species and habitats,
  • encourage and enhance local interest in wildlife, and
  • actively promote conservation.

There are 3 sub-groups at present covering:

with another covering mammals, reptiles and amphibians ready to be formed.

You can also find us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/groups/UpperClunCommunityWildlifeGroup/

More information

To join our mailing list or to get more information, please contact:

Jacky Harrison (Secretary):
Reilth Top
Bishops Moat
Shropshire SY9 5LL
Tel.: 01588 630 666
Email: UCCWG@shropscwgs.org.uk

Annual Reports


The 2023 Annual Report is available by clicking:UCCWG 2023 Report

A summary 2023 report is available by clicking: UCCWG Short report 2023

Previous reports are also available for download (NB no reports produced for 2021 due to Covid limitations):

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Latest news

Annual Public Meeting – 23 November

The Annual Public Meeting of the Upper Clun Community Wildlife Group will take place on Thursday 23 November at Newcastle Village Hall at 19.30. A main speaker will be announced shortly but reports on the 2023 bird, plant and butterfly surveys will be made and copies...

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UCCWG Curlew Results for 2022

Upper Clun Curlew results 2022 The Upper Clun Community Wildlife Group Save our Curlews results for 2022 are available by clicking the link above

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2021 Save our Curlews Appeal

We started a project in 2018 to find nests, put an electric fence round them to protect the eggs from predators and livestock, and then radio-tag the chicks, to find out how they use the landscape and what happens to them. Not enough young birds fledge to replace the...

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The Upper Clun Community Wildlife Group conducts annual surveys of:

  • Lapwings, Curlews and other birds
  • plants
  • butterflies
  • wetland & wildlife sites

The group also provides nest boxes, as well as running wildlife walks and talks, and social events. Please see below for more information.

The Group also provides nest boxes for woodland and garden birds (free to members in the area), Barn Owls and Dippers, and runs walks to introduce new members to the special birds, plant life and butterflies of the area.

Additionally, the Group offers wildlife talks (as part of the Clun & Bishop’s Castle Branch of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust programme). The Group holds a BBQ in August and Social each November, with buffet, to assess the previous year’s survey results, to discuss plans and conservation action for the following year and to elect the Management Committee.


Anyone who lives or works in the area, or has an interest in its wildlife, and who wants to actively contribute to local knowledge and conservation, is welcome. Membership is free.

Enthusiasm and interest in the area are far more important than specialist knowledge. Group members are assisted by experts in the relevant fields: they provide training to anyone who wants it on such topics as species identification, how to carry out simple surveys and how to record the results. Survey work is easy and enjoyable, and members will learn new skills.

Members get periodic mailings about how to get involved, invitations to events, and an Annual Report. Those who provide an email address also regularly get additional information.

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The Group is co-operating with farmers and landowners to safeguard our important wildlife. It is also working closely with, and has the support of, Land, Life and Livelihoods, the Clun & Bishop’s Castle Branch of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership.