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Abdon and Heath Parish

Wildlife Group

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Abdon District Community Wildlife Group

Meetings 2019:

  • Wednesday 16th January 7.30pm Abdon Village Hall.
  • Wednesday 13th February 7.30pm Abdon Village Hall. 
  • Wednesday 13th March - Curlew and Lapwing Survey 2019 meeting, 7pm Abdon Village Hall. See document attached below.

13th February - At our February meeting, we decided to change our name to Abdon District Community Wildlife Group. We are now part of the county-wide family of Community Wildlife Groups. More information about these groups can be found at: www.shropscwgs.org.uk We will in due course have our own page on this site. 

We also put together a Programme of events for 2019 attached below. Do print this off, put it on the notice board, give a copy to a friend! Look forward to seeing you in the company of moths, dragonflies, orchids or whatever this year!

18th February - Red Kites Help. If you see evidence of breeding Red Kites we would like to know, please. Contact Leo Smith email: leo@leosmith.org.uk 01694 720296. See poster attached below for details.

Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm Abdon Village Hall - Curlew and Lapwing Survey meeting.

This meeting is for those who carried out surveys last year and those who wish to carry out surveys or help by providing casual sighting records this year.

Last year we found 2 pairs of Lapwing and definitely 5 pairs, possibly 8 pairs, of Curlew with another nest found just outside our area.  This year we need to build on this and try to identify more specifically where and how many pairs are nesting in the squares where we identified them last year.  We also have casual records of at least one further nest that we did not find last year so there may be more yet to find.

There have been a number of changes from last year the main one being that we have increased the number of tetrads that we would like to survey this year so we need additional people to survey them, see attached map, Some of these had casual records of Lapwing and Curlew reported last year.

You do not need to be an experienced birdwatcher, you can carry out a survey on your own or with someone else.  It is easy and enjoyable to do and is helping the conservation effort for these amazing birds in our area.

SOS Curlew Appeal

You will know from the report of our 2018 Lapwing and Curlew survey that the Curlew survey work that we do contributes to the SWT/SOS Save our Curlews campaign. The campaign includes a joint appeal, which in 2018 funded a nest finding and protection project, and monitoring the movements of radio-tagged chicks, in the Upper Clun and Clee Hill CWG areas. The project reports can be found on the SOS and the CWGs websites. The appeal also helps support the work of Community Wildlife Groups like ours across the County. We want to repeat these projects in 2019, so the appeal needs to raise a lot more money (several £000 for all that we want to do). Attached is an abridged version of the article in the current SOS magazine, and the appeal letter from last year, with the form to fill in to send with any donation (including the Gift Aid certificate, which increases the value of your donation by 25% if you sign it). Curlew conservation work is being funded by national organisations in other parts of the country, but none of that will help Shropshire’s Curlews. Action to help save them is down to local residents. I hope you will feel able to make a donation to the appeal, please.

Churchyard survey May 2016 Churchyard survey May 2016