SOUTH SHROPSHIRE LOCAL GROUP

giving nature
a home

Wildlife Walks

(Photo: Chris Bateman)

Clear directions and up-to-date information regarding any change of venue, weather-related difficulties and (most important!) lunch arrangements will be posted on this website shortly before each walk. Checking just before you set off is highly recommended! Please click here to view. 

Anyone interested in learning or in sharing their own knowledge, or just wanting to enjoy our lovely countryside, is welcome to join our friendly and informal group. All walks are leisurely but are sometimes over uneven and hilly terrain so please wear walking boots or stout shoes and suitable clothing. Bring binoculars if you have them and refreshments if required. We regret that dogs are not allowed as they can cause disturbance to wildlife. Thank you for your cooperation.

(To read reports of selected walks, or to find directions to their starting points, please use the links next to each walk below where available, or use the navigation panel.)

Walks run throughout the year with the exception of August and sometimes January. They take place on the third Saturday in the month* and begin from the meeting point indicated at 10.00 a.m. We like to find a pub or café for a snack lunch or may have a picnic if the weather is kind. Most walks end at lunchtime but sometimes there's an opportunity to carry on into the afternoon.

*Check our list below for extra walks taking place on other days, e.g. Sunday. Also we do occasionally arrange outings further afield at relatively short notice so please check the field trips page or come to meetings!

Please visit this website for information (e.g. unavoidable last-minute changes) and clear directions to meeting points shortly before each event, or phone individual leaders. For general queries please contact Trevor on 01746 785348 or 07940 959303.

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Walks programme for 2019/2020

 

2019

September  21st

Carol Wood - 07807 068304. Highgate Common. Meet at Cory Community Centre car park - SO 836 895.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust lowland heath and woodland which is buzzing with species including Tree Pipit and Green Woodpecker.

October 19th

Trevor Halsey - 01746 785348 or 07940 959303. Docklow Pools off the A44. Meet at Docklow Pools car park - SO 558 578.

Ten small lakes and the adjoining woodland to see ducks, kingfishers and songbirds.

November 16th

Pam Belton - 01746 785553. Roman bank, Rushbury. Meet in the lay-by at top of Roman Bank -  SO 520 908.

Meadows and woodland of Wenlock Edge to enjoy the colours of autumn and the birds in the hedgerows and trees.

December  21st

Clive Cooke - 01584 872508. Venus Pool Nature Reserve. Meet in Venus Pool car park - SJ  548 062.

A series of hides by lakes and woodland. as well as meadows, to see water birds, songbirds and a chance of rarities.

 

2020

January 18th

Pam Dicer - 01746 712669. Cleobury Mortimer. Meet at Childe Road East car park - SO 672 757.

Secluded valleys on field paths and across pastureland and alongside the River Rea with panoramic views.

February 15th

Pat Holbourn-Williams - 01694 751491. Kinsley Wood, Knighton. Meet in Kinsley Wood car park - GR 298 728.

Mixed woodland and high meadows with the chance of crossbills and other winter birds.

Sunday  March 15th (Extra walk)

Dave Pearce - 01694 781420. Sowdley Woods. Meet in Clunton Coppice car park - SO 337 806.

A walk through mixed woodland to see woodland flocks, early breeders and displaying raptors.

March 21st

Trevor Weale - 01584 872204. Mortimer Forest. Meet in Black Pool car park - SO 496 715

A variety of woodland and open habitats  to see winter and early spring migrants, woodland birds and raptors.

April 18th

Lionel Bridge - 07568 357112. Brampton Bryan Park. Meet at Brampton Bryan church - SO 370 725.

Across parkland, passing a lake, and through woods and a coniferous plantation to see woodland, meadow and water birds.

Sunday  May 3rd (Extra walk)

David Stafford - 01694 781237 or 07407 150213. Caynham Camp Hill Fort. Meet in the EcoCentre car park, Ludlow - SO 528 745.

Mixed habitat with principally woodland, hedgerow and pastureland species and also with a brook.

May 16th

Chris Bateman - 01584 878362 and Gail Ellis  - 01584 823833. The Devil’s Spittleful, Bewdley. Meet at Blackstone Picnic Area car park (NOT Blackstone Riverside Park) - SO 796 744.

Exploring  a rare heathland habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna, interesting local features and lovely views.

June 20th

Pat Fairweather - 01588 673470. Upton Warren. Meet in the car park by the cafe next to the sailing lake - SO 936677.

A Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserve with a series of hides by freshwater and saline pools attracting a wide variety of wildfowl and summer visitors.

July 18th

Isabel Carter  - 01694 722296.  Upper Darnford and Golden Valley. Meet near cattle grid on minor road - SO 426 974.

Unimproved upland pasture and wooded streams in the upper valley, including the ancient Port Way,  to see farmland and upland birds.

 

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