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Bird box building at the Beach Party

Wednesday July 26th, 2017 | Stephanie

The 9th of July saw the return of the bi-annual Beach Party, this time in Snailbeach. The weekend was full of activities, with a scarecrow competition (see our entry below), dog show, fashion and costume show, mine tours, classic car display and much more. We set up shop at the main fete to welcome and engage […]

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Hay Meadow Festival Gallery – take a look at the photographs

Wednesday June 28th, 2017 | Stephanie

Around 500 visitors celebrated traditional hay meadows and their wealth of wildlife at the Hay Meadow Festival in the Shropshire Hills on Saturday. From scything to skipping, spells and storytelling, there was plenty to keep everyone entertained.  Competitions in scything, hay bale lobbing and hayrick building were closely fought.  Scything workshops, greenwood working demonstrations were […]

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Time Travellers invite you to The Camp, 21 – 23 July, Pontesford

Tuesday June 27th, 2017 | Stephanie

The spectacular landscape of the Shropshire Hills is the star of Stan’s Cafe’s performance The Camp happening 21st-23rd July. The Birmingham based theatre company are setting up camp and spending 48 hours on two Iron Age sites at Earls Hill, Pontesford where they are inviting members of the public to join them. We invite you […]

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Hay Meadow Festival this Saturday 24th June at the Bog, Pennerley

Tuesday June 20th, 2017 | Stephanie

Traditional hay meadows are a wonderful sight at this time of year.  Unfortunately, they are also a rare sight as only 3% of the meadows that existed nationally in the 1930s remain. The Hay Meadow Festival this Saturday 24th June at the Bog, Pennerley (10am – 4pm) is a fun and free event to celebrate, […]

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Wednesday May 31st, 2017 | Stephanie

Impressions of the Past at Poles Coppice This beautiful sculpture, echoing the outline of Earl’s Hill and representing a hillfort palisade fence, has just been installed at the picnic site in Poles Coppice.  The sculpture is the result of a series of workshops, walks and events which started last autumn and has involved over 150 […]

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A typical Curlew Country day in the field, May 2017

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 | Stephanie

Heather Scott, a placement student gaining work experience as part of a Harper Adams University Countryside Management Course spent some time with Tony Cross, ornithologist and Amanda Perkins, Curlew Country project manager on Monday 15th May.  She has written a piece about her experience. “We started out from the office at about mid-day as Mandi had […]

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Curlew Country Nest Monitoring Update

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 | Stephanie

This spring, the dry weather has caused unusual behaviour among curlew.  Whilst their season started early it slowed right down as ground became too hard for adult birds to probe their bills into.  The dry conditions have also meant the grass was not at a good height in which to form a nest without vulnerability […]

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Hay Meadow Festival, The Bog, 24th June

Tuesday May 16th, 2017 | Stephanie

A typical meadow can be home to over 150 species of wild plants and flowers.  These attract and support other wildlife, including the vital pollinator insects, which are in decline. To celebrate local wildflower meadows and their wealth of wildlife we hope you can join us at our Hay Meadow Festival on Saturday 24th June.  […]

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Hay Meadow Festival – TRADE STALL applications

Wednesday May 10th, 2017 | Stephanie

roll up… roll up… Apply for your trade stall at our Hay Meadow Festival on Saturday 24th June at the Bog, Pennerley, 10am – 4pm It’s going to be a fun filled family day to celebrate wildflower meadows and their wealth of wildlife. Activities include guided meadow walks, family bug hunts, have a go at […]

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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 […]

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