In 2020, we ran an appeal to purchase Cudwell Meadow, a 3-acre site south of Church Stretton. We were delighted to hit our £25,000 target and complete the purchase in early 2021.
If you’re able to make a donation to support the ongoing management costs of Cudwell Meadow, we would be very grateful. Thank you.
Our vision is to pass on restored, well-connected wetlands to the next generation of people living in the Strettons.
A watervole tunnel at the wetlands
About Cudwell Meadow
This is a collaborative venture between the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group and Middle Marches Community Land Trust.
We are now able to hold in trust a three-acre site located to the south of Church Stretton. It is bordered by the Quinny brook and is joined by a small stream from Cudwell Pool so we’ve named it ‘Cudwell Meadow’. It is presently a mix of rough grassland with rushes and swampy areas.
The meadow and adjoining wetlands are home to water voles, visiting otters, invertebrates and amphibians.
Restoration of the meadow will greatly improve its ability to host more species of wetland plants and provide a place for all the endangered lifeforms that just need a breathing space to feed, breed and thrive.
Thanks to your support, we can provide a haven for wildlife, that in recent decades has often either completely disappeared or become a scarce and precious commodity.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Cudwell Meadow, please sign up to become a Friend.
Where is Cudwell Meadow?
Since 2016, the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group has been working closely with those who own the Stretton Wetlands to find out more about the area and its potential for wildlife. Here’s what has been achieved so far:
- Recognition of much of the area as a wildlife site by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust
- Creation of a boardwalk along the existing footpath, which has proved wonderfully popular with local residents
- Completion of bioblitzes in 2016 and 2018 which found a plethora of insects, amphibians, mammals, birds and flora, including some UK notable species
Find out more about the wetlands and the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group’s achievements by visiting the blog.
Key aims for Cudwell Meadow
To conserve a unique wetland habitat for future generations to enjoy
To provide a santuary for wildlife in a changing climate
To mitigate the impact of our changing climate
Wetlands provide an important habitat for many species. They are often undervalued, but play an important role in improving biodiversity, storing water and carbon, and purifying water.
Get in touch
Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ
01588 650 364 (Oliver, interim Secretary)