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Here you’ll find a host of events run by a variety of environmental organisations, wildlife groups and local people across the Marches

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Unfortunately all upcoming events have been postponed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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June 2020

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June

Meadows Walk

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 24th June, 11am-1pm

Meeting point: Parking area adjacent to Jinlye Guest House, Castle Hill, All Stretton, Church Stretton, SY6 6JP

Come and enjoy a free guided walk around the newly restored meadows at Jinlye. Join National Trust Countryside Manager Peter Carty for a stroll around these wild flower-rich fields.

This is a free event and booking is not required

24

June

Upland Bog Plants and Fritillary Butterflies

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Wednesday 24th June 10.30am – 3pm

Meet at the Knolls (Stiperstones NNR) car park. Grid Ref: SO 370 976

A day surveying the wet flushes on the East side of the Stiperstones, and maybe see the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

29

June

Get to know Rhos Fiddle

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Monday 29th June from 2-3.30pm

Meet at Clun Bridge Car Park at 1.30pm for car sharing (limited space at the reserve)

Walk starts at Rhos Fiddle: SO 205 857. Grassy area next to (but not blocking) field gate to Rhos Fiddle reserve. Remember good shoes and the active insect population.

Rhos Fiddle is one of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s most interesting upland reserves. We’ll have a personal tour with Clive Dean – Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Reserves Officer for South Shropshire.

Free event, donations welcome. Places limited.

Please book your place with Mary Eminson on 01588 640921 or clunandbc@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk 

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June

Hay Meadows – Hogstow

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Tuesday 30th June 10.30am – 1pm

Meet at the Stiperstones Inn. Grid Ref: SJ 363 004

A morning looking at these species-rich grasslands.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

July 2020

3

July

Hay Meadow Survey – Pollardine Farm

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Friday 3rd July 10.30am – 3pm

Meet at Daffodil Car Park near Pollardine Farm. Grid Ref: SO 394 000

Practise your ID skills while helping to survey these hay meadows.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

4

July

Meadows Walk

By the National Trust

On Saturday 4th July, 11am-1pm

Meeting point: Parking area adjacent to Jinlye Guest House, Castle Hill, All Stretton, Church Stretton, SY6 6JP

Come and enjoy a free guided walk around the newly restored meadows at Jinlye. Join National Trust Countryside Manager Peter Carty for a stroll around these wild flower-rich fields.

This is a free event and booking is not required

11

July

Hay Meadow Festival, Craven Arms

By Marches Meadow Group

On Saturday 11th July from 11am – 6pm

At The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms SY7 9RS

Don’t miss this chance to visit the Hay Meadow Festival: the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms has over 10 ha of meadows and the Festival will be even bigger and better than ever!

Booking not required; admission £5 adults (children free); MMG members volunteering to help on the MMG stand would be appreciated and would have free admission.

20

July

Visit to Forestart, Hadnall

By Marches Meadow Group

On Monday 20th July at 2pm

At Forestart, Ladymas Lane, Hadnall, SY4 4AL

Forestart is a local company supplying wild flower seed (and trees and shrubs). The wild flower seed is harvested from single species plots and flowering should be at its peak for this visit.

Booking essential. Please contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com to reserve a place. 

22

July

Twilight Wildlife of the Mynd

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 22nd July, 8pm – 10pm

Meeting at Pole Cottage car park grid ref SO 412937

A special evening experience with our expert wildlife guide and tracker Dave Pearce. Spend dusk with Dave and his thermal vision equipment watching the Long Mynd’s resident and visiting wildlife. A family-friendly nature treat.

Adult £20; Child £15. Booking essential. Please call 0344 249 1895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

25

July

Introduction to Scything Course

By Marches Meadow Group

On Saturday 25th July from 10am – 3.30pm

At Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE

Learn the joy of scything at this one day course run by Natural England site manager Simon Cooter. The course will include how to set up, sharpen and use the scythe in different conditions, as well as the principles of hay meadow management.

£50.00 (10% discount for MMG members). Please contact Simon to book your place on 01743 792294 or simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk 

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July

Twilight Wildlife of the Mynd

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 29th July, 8pm – 10pm

Meeting at Pole Cottage car park grid ref SO 412937

A special evening experience with our expert wildlife guide and tracker Dave Pearce. Spend dusk with Dave and his thermal vision equipment watching the Long Mynd’s resident and visiting wildlife. A family-friendly nature treat.

Adult £20; Child £15. Booking essential. Please call 0344 249 1895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

29

July

Meadows and Grasslands – Barnes Farm

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Wednesday 29th July from 10.30am – 3pm

Park in the farm yard at Barnes farm 1 mile west of Asterton. Grid Ref: SO 383 910

A day of species recording in the grasslands and rush pasture of this traditional farm.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

August 2020

TBC

August

Green Hay & Social at Paul & Pat Simon’s Hay Meadow

By Marches Meadow Group

Date in August TBC depending on weather!

At Upper Gravenor, Norbury, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5EG

We plan to help Paul and Pat spread green hay on one of their fields and would like as many volunteers as possible. Afterwards we hope to enjoy an opportunity to socialise – details will be circulated when known.

TBC

August

Seed Collection Workshop

By Marches Meadow Group

To be confirmed

This event may include a demonstration of new MMG equipment. Details will be circulated when known.

5

August

Twilight Wildlife of the Mynd

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 5th August, 8pm – 10pm

Meeting at Pole Cottage car park grid ref SO 412937

A special evening experience with our expert wildlife guide and tracker Dave Pearce. Spend dusk with Dave and his thermal vision equipment watching the Long Mynd’s resident and visiting wildlife. A family-friendly nature treat.

Adult £20; Child £15. Booking essential. Please call 0344 249 1895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

11

August

A Dragonfly walk on the Long Mynd

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Tuesday 11th August from 2-3.30pm

Rendez-vous at Pole Cottage, top of Long Mynd, SO 413 937

Peter Carty, National Trust Countryside Parkland & Gardens Manager will lead a walk to show us the spots on the Mynd that Dragonflies love. Wear stout shoes and dress for the weather, it can be blowy up there.

Free event, donations welcome. Places limited.

Please book your place with Mary Eminson on 01588 640921 or clunandbc@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk 

12

August

Twilight Wildlife of the Mynd

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 12th August, 8pm – 10pm

Meeting at Pole Cottage car park grid ref SO 412937

A special evening experience with our expert wildlife guide and tracker Dave Pearce. Spend dusk with Dave and his thermal vision equipment watching the Long Mynd’s resident and visiting wildlife. A family-friendly nature treat.

Adult £20; Child £15. Booking essential. Please call 0344 249 1895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

14

August

The Wonderful World of Bees with Brigit Strawbridge

By the National Trust

On Friday 14th August, 10am – 3pm

At Carding Mill Valley Chalet Pavilion tea-rooms

Join bee advocate, wildlife gardener and naturalist Brigit Strawbridge Howard for a day getting to know all things bee. This is an indoor tutorial, but a gentle bee-walk will be included weather-dependent.

£30, booking essential. Please call 0344 249 1895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

September 2020

5

September

Hedges and Hedgerow Trees

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Saturday 5th September from 2 – 4pm

Meet on the roadside near the Gliding Club on top of the Long Mynd. Grid Ref: SO 405 919

Discover the trees and shrubs of the hedgerows and hedgerow survey techniques, followed by tea at the Gliding Club café for those who would like it.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

16

September

Embracing Change in Farming

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Wednesday 16th September from 7.30-9pm

Hightown Community Room, Vicarage Road, Clun, SY7 8JG

Lizzie Hulton-Harrop grew up on a working family farm in Shropshire, just beneath the Stiperstones, about 300m above sea level. She will talk about the challenges and tensions for farmers in making a living and protecting the environment, sharing with us the journey she and her mother have taken.  

Members £3, Non-Members £4. Students and young people free, includes Fairtrade refreshments.

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September

Fungi Identification – Gittinshay

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Sunday 27th September from 10.30am – 3pm

Meet at Daffodil Car Park near Pollardine Farm. Grid Ref: SO 394 000

A day recording fungi in Gittinshay Wood.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

October 2020

6

October

Members’ Question & Answer Session

By Marches Meadow Group

On Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm

At The Crown Inn, Wentnor SY5 9EE

Another chance to have your questions answered, particularly (but not exclusively) related to meadow creation on lawns and fields. 

Booking not required.

24

October

Waxcaps and other Grassland Fungi – Jinlye Meadows, Long Mynd

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Saturday 24th October from 10.30am – 1pm

Park on the roadside at Plush Hill. Grid Ref: SO 451 963

Discover the colourful fungi of grasslands.

Booking essential. Please contact Rob Rowe on rob@robrowe.co.uk to reserve a place. 

TBC

October

Regenerative Agriculture Conference

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

Date TBC

At Norbury Village Hall

We are planning an important conference over two days. It will include, on the first day, national keynote speakers and workshop discussions followed by, on the second day, visits to local farms and projects of interest.

November 2020

5

November

Talk by Caroline Hanks: The highs and lows of meadow making at landscape scale

By Marches Meadow Group

On Thursday 5th November at 7.30pm

At Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5FD

Caroline is project officer for Herefordshire Meadows which has taken a different approach from MMG by managing and creating wildflower rich meadows at the landscape scale.

Booking essential, MMG members free, non-members £3.00. Please contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com to reserve a place.

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Address

Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ

Email us

info@middlemarchescommunitylandtrust.org.uk

Call us

07497 142 485 (Jonathan)