Spring Newsletter, 2017
Wednesday April 5th, 2017 | Stephanie
Launching this Saturday 8th April at Carding Mill Valley. This exciting arts project is based around the Long Mynd and Stiperstones. Three artists have created a programme of visual, musical and performance-based art to help people explore the history, the stories and the future of this beautiful rugged upland area. Come along between 11am and 3pm to find out what the artists are planning this summer. For more information, see https://heartlandshropshirehills.wordpress.com/
Please support our Curlew Country Appeal
Immediate action is needed to prevent curlew from disapearing from the Stiperstones and Corndon area. Your support will help Curlew Country continue to take practical steps to save local curlew by:
• Monitoring curlew nests to discover why they are failing to nest
• Working with farmers to discover the true local costs of supporting nesting and foraging curlew in a farm business
• Trialling management and protection techniques during the nesting season
• Working with volunteers from the Community Wildlife Groups to locate nesting and feeding territories and record adult population
Follow this link to read blog by project manager Amanda Perkins, Curlew Country Guest Blog
Follow this link to donate by cheque or bank transfer.
Record sightings of curlew (and other wading birds) at http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/birdform/
Last year we satellite tagged two curlew at Dolydd Hafren, a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Named Doly and Fran, we tracked their movements to gain a better understanding of their behaviour. We’re excited to announce that Doly has just returned to the Forest of Bowland, having over wintered on the shores of southern Ireland. Follow her progress at http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/curlewtrack/
Guardians of our built heritage
Last week, students from Year 10 at the Community College Bishop’s Castle spent two days learning traditional building skills. Sharing their skills and knowledge were six tutors, Allan Jones and Dave, Pembrokeshire Thatch and Carpentry Services, Neill Mapes, Woodsmith and Woodland artisan, Luke Unsworth, UNSWORTHStone masonry & Building restoration and John Munro & Ned, The Traditional Building Company. The link below takes you to the footage filmed by BBC Midlands Today, which also includes an interview with heritage builder’s Splitlath who are working for us locally. https://www.facebook.com/stiperstonesandcorndon/videos/1895241940691548/
Hay Meadow Festival, Saturday 24th June 2017, The Bog, Pennerley
We’re celebrating hay meadows once again with a festival at the Bog. Similar to last year, we planning a fun filled family day to raise awareness of the importance of wildflower meadows and their wealth of wildlife. Guided WALKS and talks, SCYTHING demonstrations and competitions, arts and CRAFTS, vintage tractors and machinery, MUSIC and merriment are all part of the packed programme. And entry is free, so spread the word and join us in June!
We need volunteers to help on the day and with set up. If you’re interested please contact us on 01938 561741, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are supporting three new trainees this year. Sarah Fortune is based at Severn Valley Country Park, Amber Bicheno is based with us at the office, and Abbi Knight is dividing her time between Natural England, Stiperstones, National Trust at Carding Mill Valley, and with JP Brayford Access & Habitat Management. They started last month and are with us for a year. All three are working towards their City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation. Amber is gaining practical experience working with us on a range of projects including Curlew Country, and is leading on the Resting Hill Nest Box Project. Welcome to the team!
Minsterley Primary School, Woodcraft Folk, Brownies and other local children’s groups have taken part in a series of creative craft workshops, to discover local iron age heritage. Visiting local landmarks such as the Hill forts at Earl’s Hill and Callow Hill, the project has inspired over 150 young people and generated collaborative poetry and clay craft. The second phase of the project will be to create a community-owned artspiece to celebrate hill forts and their place in the landscape.
Follow the link to view some of the work https://impressionsofthepast.wordpress.com/
Roadside verges get a make over
We are helping Myndtown Combined Parish Council to improve their road side verges. A community event is planned for Saturday 29th April at Norbury Village Hall from 12.30pm. This is a chance to find out more about wildflowers and how we plan to increase numbers and variety on the verges. As well as information and dicussions, we’ll be making a start by sowing seeds along a section of roadside verge near the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us. There’ll also be some top tips for creating your own mini meadow!
Natural England have started a public campaign to raise £12,000 to purchase and restore the Bergum Wood conifer plantation to traditional broadleaf oak woodland. This 1.28 hectare wood will add to the beautiful wild habitats of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. Removal of the conifers will allow the oak woodland to regenerate naturally, providing habitat for pied flycatchers, redstarts, tree pipits, bats and dormice. To support this appeal you can make a donation online at www.easydonate.org/NENG001 or by texting NENG001 to 70970 to give £5 or NENG001 to 70191 to give £10.