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April 2020

2

April

Engagement Event

By South Shropshire Youth Forum and AONB Partnership

On Thursday 2nd April from 6.30-8.30pm

At Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Aged 12-18? Come and have your say about the local area and beyond

More info & for group bookings contact richssyf@yahoo.com or contact SSYF on Facebook

4

April

Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

By the National Trust

On Saturday 4th April, 6-8am

At Carding Mill Valley Pavilion

Dave Pearce is your guide to this early morning treat. April is the perfect time to appreciate Carding Mill Valley’s feathered residents in full voice with some summer migrant visitors adding to the chorus. This promises to be a magical couple of hours enjoying the true sound of spring with a guide to help you identify songs and spotted birds.

£7.50, booking essential. Please call 03442 491 895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

5

April

CANCELLED: Scythe Peening Workshop

By Marches Meadow Group

On Sunday 5th April at 10.30am

This event has been cancelled

5

April

Ancient Tree Walk, Rorrington

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Sunday 5th April 2 – 4pm

Meet at the layby (1 mile north of Priestweston) on the lane below Middleton Hall Farm. Grid ref: SO 296 992

A winter walk around the ancient trees of Rorrington.

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

5

April

Blakemoorgate Cottages: Open Days

Open on the first Sunday of the month, 11am – 3pm (April – October)

The first event is on Sunday 5th April 

Parking is at the Snailbeach Village Hall car park. The cottages are approximately a 45 minute walk from the car park. 

For more information, please call 01743 792 294 or email Stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk

15

April

Born Free – It’s not just all about lions!

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

On Wednesday 15 April from 7.30-9pm

At Methodist Church, High Street, Clun. SY7 8JB

Mandy Ford has worked for Born Free Foundation, the international wildlife charity, for 21 years. She will tell us how the Foundation came about over 30 years ago and will talk about animal rescues that have taken place and current projects.

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

18

April

Foraging Spring Greens

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Saturday 18th April from 11am – 1pm

Meet at Snailbeach Village Hall car park. Grid ref: SJ 373 023

A walk to discover the wild food to be found in the countryside.

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

19

April

A primrose walk at Walcot Wood

By the National Trust

On Sunday 19th April, 10am-12pm

Meeting point: Bury Ditches car park (Forestry Commission) OS Grid ref: SO 335 839 Postcode: SY7 8BD Located between Clunton and Lydbury North, woodland is signposted from the B4368 and B4385.

A free guided walk through an ancient woodland with a carpet of thousands of primroses. Walcot Wood is a hidden gem deep in the depths of the Shropshire Hills. Join our expert guide Pete Carty for this floral feast.

This is a free event and booking is not required

25

April

Walk at Gyr y Cwm

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Saturday 25th April at 2pm

Gyr y Cwm is located near Lydham Village Hall. 
We will meet at the layby on the left heading west along A489 map ref SO 308927. 

May 2020

2

May

Bird Song Walk

By the National Trust

On Saturday 2nd May, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Meeting at Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley

A guided walk in Carding Mill Valley to enjoy the seasonal bird song. Your expert guide, Dave Pearce, will help you to identify the resident birds and summer migrants by their different song.

£8, booking essential. Please call 03442 491 895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information. 

3

May

A Bluebell Walk at Walcot Wood

By the National Trust

On Sunday 3rd May, 10am – 12pm

Meeting point: Bury Ditches car park (Forestry Commission) OS Grid ref: SO 335 839 Postcode: SY7 8BD Located between Clunton and Lydbury North, woodland is signposted from the B4368 and B4385.

A free guided walk through an ancient woodland with a carpet of thousands of Bluebells. Walcot Wood is a hidden gem deep in the depths of the Shropshire Hills. Join our expert guide Pete Carty for this floral feast.

This is a free event and booking is not required 

3

May

Bird Walk

By the Upper Onny Community Wildlife Group

On Sunday 3rd May from 9.30am – 12.30pm

Meet at Stiperstones car park. Grid ref: SO 369 977

Please bring binoculars if you have them. Everyone welcome, including beginners.

If the weather might lead to the walk being cancelled, please check the website (http://www.shropscwgs.org.uk/) before setting off. 

5

May

CANCELLED: Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Peter Carty

By Marches Meadow Group

On Tuesday 5th May at 7.30pm

This event has been cancelled

16

May

Wildflowers of Roadside Verges for Beginners – Snead / Owlbury

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Saturday 16th May from 2 – 4pm

Parking in the layby on the A489 near the Snead turn. Grid Ref: SO 317 921

Roadside verges can be rich and varied habitats; come and learn about the wildflowers to be found there.

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

16

May

Bat Walk

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

On Saturday 16th May from 8-9.30pm

Meet outside Methodist Church, High Street, Clun SY7 8JB

Jordan Whitcomb will walk us round Clun, spotting and hopefully hearing bats as they emerge.

Free event, donations welcome. 

17

May

Quillet Walk

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Sunday 17th May at 2.30pm

Meet at Chapel Lawn Village Hall, SY7 0BW

Join some of the Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society’s directors and shareholders on a walk to the quillets.

21

May

Visit to Meadows at Lower View, Sarn

By Marches Meadow Group

On Thursday 21st May at 5.30pm

At Lower View, City Lane, Sarn, Powys SY16 4HH. Please meet at Sarn Village Hall and lift-share or stroll up the lane.

By kind invitation of Steve and Lisette Attwood-Wright, an opportunity to see the meadows and acid grassland habitats which feature several species of orchid. Please note that parking is extremely limited; please meet at Sarn Village Hall and lift-share or stroll up the lane.

Booking not required but helpful if you let Richard Small know if you expect to come on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com 

22

May

Wildflowers of Roadside Verges for Beginners – Pollardine/Huglith

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Friday 22nd May from 2 – 4pm

Meet at the Daffodil car park near Pollardine Farm. Grid ref: SO 394 000

Roadside verges can be rich and varied habitats; come and learn about the wildflowers to be found there.

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

27

May

Springtime Bird Walk

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 27th May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Meeting at Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley

A guided walk in Carding Mill Valley to identify and enjoy the seasonal birds of the Long Mynd’s hills and streams. Your expert guide, Dave Pearce, will help you to identify the resident birds and summer migrants.

£11, booking essential. Please call 03442 491 895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information.

30

May

Climate Action Conference

By Bishops Castle Time is Now Group

On Saturday 30th May from 10am – 4pm

At Ludlow Racecourse

Free entry. Please book your place by clicking on the button below. 

June 2020

3

June

Upland Birds Walk

By the National Trust

On Wednesday 3rd June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Meeting at Pole Cottage car park SO 412 937

A guided walk on the top of the Long Mynd to identify and enjoy the seasonal birds. This walk takes in some of the best spots for bird life on the Long Your expert guide, Dave Pearce, will on hand with spotting and ID tips.

£11, booking essential. Please call 03442 491 895 to reserve a place or click the button below for more information.

14

June

Wildflowers of Hay Meadows for Beginners – White Grit

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Sunday 14th June from 2 – 4pm

Parking on roadside corner by the White Grit tin church. Grid Ref: SO 314 980

Learn about the wildflowers to be found in species-rich hay meadows.

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

17

June

Walk and Talk at Smiling Tree Farm

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Wednesday 17th June, 5pm

At Smiling Tree Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire, SY7 0BW

19

June

Wildflowers of Hay Meadows for Beginners – Pennerley

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group – Plant Workshops

On Friday 19th June from 2 – 4pm

Meet at the Natural England Office, Pennerley. Grid Ref: SO 357 985

Learn about the wildflowers to be found in species-rich hay meadows.

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

24

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 

30

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 

29

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.

27

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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