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. Please click here to view. (Available soon for the new season.)

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*.)

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Walks run throughout the year with the exception of January and August. 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.

We do occasionally arrange outings further afield at relatively short notice so please check the field trips page or come to meetings!

Please check 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:  September 2018 - July 2019

(Please see below for two extra walks in 2019, both on a Sunday.)

 

September 15 - Severn Valley Country Park. Carol Wood - 07807 068304. 

A walk through mixed habitat in the Country Park and alongside the River Severn. SO 755 842.

October 20 - Colstey Wood. Linda Pyne - 01588 661004.

A walk through mostly deciduous woodland on some hilly tracks along streams, a pool and some arable fields. Woodland birds. SO 301 839.

November 17 - River Teme, Ludlow. Derek Delaney - 01584 811122.

A short walk along the river and through woodlands with possible sightings of kingfishers, herons, woodland birds and salmon. SO 507 746.

December 15 - Venus Pool Nature Reserve. Trevor Halsey - 07940 959303.

A walk through the meadows visiting a series of hides by lakes and woodland to see water birds, songbirds and a chance of rarities. SJ  548 062.

2019

February 16 -  Colemere, near Ellesmere. Geoff Hall - 07813 570217.

Circular walk around the mere which has a variety of habitats and mainly water and woodland birds. Can be muddy! SJ 436 329.

March 16 - Upper Darnford and the Golden Valley. Isabel Carter - 01694 722296.

A walk through unimproved upland pasture and wooded streams in the upper valley, including the ancient Port Way,  to see farmland birds, chats, redstarts and pipits. SO 426 974.

April 20 - Wyre Forest. Chris Bateman - 01584 878362

A gentle walk along waymarked trails to see how resident and migrant birds, early butterflies and spring flowers are bringing the forest to life. SO 750 740.

May 18 - Ashes Hollow, Long Mynd. Pam Dicer - 01746 712669.

A walk into the upper part of Ashes Hollow to see chats, pipits and other moorland birds with a chance of peregrine falcon. SO 421 946.

June 15 - Brandhill Gutter. Lionel Bridge - 07568 357112.

A fairly flat walk through a secluded valley with woodland and open grassy areas to see woodland birds and possibly raptors. SO 421 788.

July 20 - Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. Pat Fairweather - 01588 673470.

A walk along the ridge with heathland, hedgerow and farmland birds and a chance of Red Kites. SO 357 978.

 

Extra Sunday Walks 2019:

March 31 - Bury Ditches. Dave Pearce - 07791 180488.

A circular walk around the hill fort to see early breeding birds and Spring migrants with a chance to observe displaying raptors. SO 334 840.

May 19 - Caynham Camp. Hazel Bows - 01568 770498.

5-yearly bird survey for the RSPB around the fields and woods below Caynham Camp  hill fort. SO 539 736.

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

 

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