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.

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 earlier walks, or to find directions to their starting points, please use links on the left-hand panel or tap the Home button above if viewing on a mobile device.)

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  Sept 2017 - July 2018

 

2017

September 16th - Stiperstones NNR/SSSI. Trevor Halsey - 01746 785348 or 07940 959303.

A walk along the west side of the ridge with heathland, hedgerow and farmland birds and a chance of red kites. SO 357978  Directions  Report

October 21st - Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow. Gail Ellis - 01584 873465.

A walk on quiet lanes and across fields with lots of hedge-loving birds and maybe fieldfares, then back along the Teme to the wildfowl at Dinham and Ludford bridges. SO 505743  Report

November 18th - Venus Pool SOS Nature Reserve. David John - 01694 724772.

A walk through meadows visiting a series of hides by lakes and woodland, to see water birds, song birds and possible rarities. SJ 548062

December 16th -  Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Pat Fairweather - 01588 773470.

A walk through the Onny meadows then across to Stokesay pool and Sallow Coppice, with a chance of winter thrushes, wildfowl and maybe dipper or kingfisher. SO 435825

2018

February 17th -  Ellesmere Lakes. Carol Wood - 07807 068304.

A walk around the mere to view the heronry and the ducks and waders. SJ 406344

March 17th - 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 421788

April 21st - Devereux Wootten Farm. David Bird - 01568 613127.

A walk through a mixed farm with meadows, fields and woods, led by Patrick Wrixon who has done a lot to attract wildlife at the farm. SO 385485

May 19th - Bodenham Lake (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust). Chris Bateman - 01584 878362.

An important HWT site with two hides, lakeside walks, orchards, meadows and nearby river. 160 recorded bird species and breeding otters seen occasionally. SO 528511

June 16th - The Onny Trail (SSSI). Isabel Carter - 01694 722296.

A riverside walk with woodland birds and possibly sand martin, dipper, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher and kingfisher. SO 430844

July 21st - Clunton Coppice. Clive Cooke - 01584 872508.

A walk through woods and farmland to see redstarts, yellowhammers, a variety of warblers and possibly pied flycatchers. SO 337806

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