Shropshire Local Plan

The Shropshire Local Plan is being drafted and we have the opportunity to influence biodiversity policy.  The closing date for comments is 11 June 2024.  SACWG will be submitting a response on behalf of their committee. Other groups may wish to do so too, or you can contact Julie Cowley (juliecowley463@gmail.com) to collate with the SACWG response.

Just over a week to go ’till Birdfest!

The Nature in the Strettons Group, led by SACWG is looking forward to welcoming you to Birdfest at the Mayfair Centre on Saturday March 16th. Details can be found in an earlier post.

This family friendly fun day will include something for everyone. Talks on how to spot and identify birds, quizzes about bird song, and some real birds of prey will all be available.

In addition, we have a drawing and colouring competition for young people. Download the form here, get drawing and submit your work by noon on the 16th.

Updated RSPB Talks List

Please note that this list has been extended to include all of 2024. There is also a highlighted change to the date of the April talk.

Getting Involved part 1.

Volunteers are invited to help with several bird projects and surveys in the Strettons area in the 2024 field season. Everyone is welcome!!! For further information, see below:

The main target species are Lapwing and Curlew. We need more helpers, please. If you can recognise these two birds (and preferably their calls), you can make an important contribution.

The survey area is bounded roughly by Leebotwood, Marshbrook, Shipton and Hughley. It is divided into 32 squares, each of 2×2 kilometres, as shown here.

Participants take on one of these survey squares and visit three times, on dates to suit you around 1st April, 1st May and 15th June, about half a day each visit, so it doesn’t take much time. It’s easy to do, and participants are provided with simple survey instructions and a map to record sightings on. If possible, we’d also like you to record Kestrel, Cuckoo, and other target species, but that’s an optional extra.

A meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th March, at the Methodist Church Hall, Watling St., Church Stretton, to report back on last year’s results, and explain what’s involved to new participants. There will be a practical training session, explaining how to go about the survey, and record what you see, around the end of March, if you feel you need it.

You can see reports from previous years on the website www.ShropsCWGs.org.uk

You can choose your own square, and do more than one if you want, but I have to try and get all the squares covered, so I’d appreciate it if you’ll be a bit flexible, and tell me the rough area that you’d like to do, and I’ll choose a square for you.

If you’re interested in helping, or want more information, email Leo Smith (leo@leosmith.org.uk)

If you want to help, but can’t make the meeting, we can make the necessary arrangements by email.