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December Newsletter, getting into the festive spirit!

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 | Stephanie

Exciting new Curlew partnership announced

Curlew Country is pleased to announce a closer working partnership with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).  The GWCT has been one of Curlew Country’s national partners for some time and has supported the project with a range of advice and help.  When the Landscape Partnership Scheme ends in March 2018, GWCT will become the host for Curlew Country, enabling the project to continue its vital work to reverse the decline of our local curlew population.  Follow the link to read the joint Press Statement for more information Exciting new Curlew partnership announced.

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photograph by Ben Osborne

Getting into the festive spirit

Little did Abbi Knight know that elf duties were part of her traineeship!  Father Christmas and the elves were on hand at the recent late night shopping event at Carding Mill Valley.

While trainee Sarah Fortune’s creative skills were put to the test last weekend helping with the wreath making event at Severn Valley Country Park. 

Amber Bicheno also spent a snowy Saturday at the Oakage, in the Hope Valley, with our Young Rangers.  Activities included mammal tracking and gathering materials to make festive garlands.

 

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Celebrating achievements and sharing stories

Over 80 people attended our Celebration Event this autumn. Presentations, case studies and an exhibition at Norbury Village Hall  gave participants an insight into the breadth of the Scheme’s achievements.  Much praise was given to the many volunteers who have shared their knowledge and time to make the Scheme a success. Site visits included a visit to Poles Coppice to see some of the habitat restoration work, a trip to Cothercott Barytes Mine to look at the built heritage conservation and interpretation, and a walk to discover what the Scheme’s archaeological investigations have revealed.  The Scheme ends this March 2018, follow the links to see some of our achievements in facts and figures:

http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/2017/12/scheme-facts-figures/

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Steps, stiles and scrub

Our brilliant Tuesday Task Team continue to battle their way through scrub, build steps, block ditches and coppice trees all in the name of conservation.  A huge thank you to everyone who joins us on these practical task days.  The wildlife and historic sites that we have toiled on are now in much better condition, with improved access, habitats restored and management plans in place for their future.  Our next task day is Tuesday 19th December at Poles Coppice, followed by Tuesday 9th January at The Hollies, a Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserve.  The January to March 2018 winter work programme is being finalised and details will be available on our website soon.  Check the events listing page at  http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/events/

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Bog reservoir revealed on new all-ability path

A new 300 metre all-ability circuit has been completed the Bog.  This is a flat and surfaced path suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.  It runs alongside the reservoir, which has been transformed into a wildlife haven through the Rescuing Rocks project. A picnic bench has been installed for people to sit and enjoy the new space.  Parking is at the Bog Mine Miners’ Institute car park, which is just across the road from the Bog Visitor Centre.  The Bog all-ability path is highlighted in a new walk leaflet ‘The Nipstone Wanderer’, which is detailed below.

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New walks to try this winter

Hot off the press are two new walk leaflets which will help you to explore Stapeley Common and the countryside around the Nipstone Rock. Follow the links to download the leaflets:

  • The Nipstone Wanderer (this includes the Bog all-ability circuit). Starting at the Bog Mine car park, this walk guides you through woodland and farmland onto Nipstone Nature Reserve.
  • Stapeley Hill Historic Trails, Stapeley Hill is a very special place where monuments bear witness to early inhabitants.  Two historic trails have been waymarked to guide you around the common.  Both walks start at small car park above White Grit.

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Habberley Village Hall Buzzing

Over 50 people attended Jenny Steel’s ‘how to make a meadow’ talk at Habberely earlier this month.  This was the third of four evening talks by Jenny which have focused on gardening for wildlife.  The talks are part of our Buzz in the Borders project to raise awareness of the plight of native pollinators and what we can do to help them.  The final talk ‘creating a wildlife pond’ was postponed this week because of the snowy weather.  We will rearrange a date for this talk at Snailbeach Village Hall early in the new year.

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Artwork by Mary Napper-White

Celebrating communities and creativity

Small grants have enabled community groups to care for, learn about and celebrate their local landscape.  Vanishing Building is a project which focused on lost buildings around the Churchstoke area.  A series of walks and workshops in 2016 helped participants to research and create interpretation.  This creativity has been captured in a beautiful book which will be launched on 8th March in Bishop’s Castle.  Details to follow in the new year.  Follow the link to take a look at the range of projects which have been supported by the Scheme http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/down-to-earth/

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