29/01/2013 - Permalink

Stretton area Community Wildlife Group seeks members

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Millions of people tune in to wildlife programmes such as Winterwatch, but how many people know about the fascinating and threated species on their own doorstep?

Community Wildlife Groups are revolutionising the way people get involved with nature conservation in their local area.  Rather than provide traditional activities of talks and guided walks, Community Wildlife Groups get people out and about looking for their local wildlife.  Members help to monitor and conserve threatened species, thus making a real contribution to wildlife conservation. 

The Stretton area Community Wildlife Group is celebrating the end of its first year.  During 2012, the group focused on red grouse, butterflies and hedgerows.  Despite the damp summer, members spotted 27 species of butterfly, including several UK priority species.  They recorded 81 hedgerows with high wildlife value, and took part in dusk surveys of red grouse on the Long Mynd.  This is an excellent opportunity to be part of something fun, which also creates a lasting legacy for Shropshire’s wildlife.  

The group are looking to expand their activities, so 2013 promises to be an exciting year. It is completely free to join and open to all ages and abilities.  Members of the public are invited to the group’s annual meeting on Thursday 31 January 2013 at Church Stretton School at 6.45pm-9.45pm.  For more information please contact strettonswildlife@gmail.com.  

The south Shropshire Community Wildlife Groups are being supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, through the Shropshire Hills AONB LEADER programme.