Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Bird box monitoring

Our bird box monitoring is in full swing with our volunteers recording eggs and chicks and then once the chicks are old enough they will be ringed. Our box scheme not only provides suitable nest sites but by monitoring them it also gives us an idea on how the bird populations are doing compared to previous years and what species are present. A huge thanks goes to all our volunteers who help monitor the boxes. This photo of some smiley chicks was taken by volunteers Peter and Jane Howsam just last week. By supporting the National Trust at Wenlock Edge through membership, volunteering or visiting you are also supporting the wildlife that lives here. 

Wenlock Olympian - Race on the Edge

It is not too late to get your ticket for the 'Race on the Edge 2018', taking place on the 3rd June. The Wenlock Olympian Society and the National Trust have formed a partnership in order to provide a stunning route. It is a challenging 9 mile, off-road, multi-terrain race which includes three significant ascents totaling 821ft. The route takes you along the crest of the limestone ridge and through the ancient woodland providing gorgeous views. For more information and to get yourself a ticket click below.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Events update

Wild flowers
Our bat walk event on 3rd May is now fully booked! 🤗🎉 But there are places on our wild flower event on 21st June which promises to be a brilliant evening also 🏵️🌷🌼 Book now to avoid disappointment!  

Wild food 
In response to the popularity of our spring foraging events and feedback from visitors wanting an autumn foraging event we are running this wild food foraging morning in September.
We will see what edible delights can be found at Wilderhope in autumn. Learn how to identify different edible and poisonous species and find out what you can do with them. This will be a short walk, foraging as we go, before heading back to the manor house to taste a variety of wild treats.
Booking is essential, £5 per person.

To book on both of these events visit our website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wenlock-edge/whats-on

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Springtime adventures

It may be snowing  but the garlic is out and the birds are singing so it must be spring! 🌱🐦 We have got lots of events happening at Wenlock edge, from family activities to guided walks, there is something for everyone. Our wild garlic walk on 8th April is always popular so book now to avoid disappointment!
Visit our website for more information and to book: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wenlock-edge/features/springtime-adventures-at-wenlock-edge

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Wild garlic walk

Not long now till spring arrives and what says spring more than the pungent aroma of wild garlic. Join the rangers on Wenlock Edge on 8th April to walk through the woods where garlic covers as far as the eye can see, then taste some delicious garlic pesto and take a recipe sheet home. 
Book now to avoid disappointment, just £3 per person. Buy your ticket here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/82c37e26-5a2d-401e-afbd-e5e4e041274f/pages/details

To see details of all our upcoming events visit our website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wenlock-edge/whats-on 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Geology training for our volunteers

Our hardy volunteers braved the snow on Saturday for a brilliant training day all about the special geology and fossils on Wenlock Edge. We started in the warm looking at different types of rocks and talking about how the Wenlock Edge was formed then went out onto the limestone ridge to hunt for fossils of silurian sea creatures. Thank you to Peter for leading the session!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Walking in a winter wonderland

Right now Shropshire is covered with a blanket of snow and Wenlock Edge it is no exception with about 12 inches of snow having fallen over the last 3 days. The roads are pretty treacherous so care should be taken if you do decide to drive to or over the Wenlock Edge. If you do visit the woods in the next few days though you will be met with truly magical scenery so if you can get here safely it is well worth a visit.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Halloween at Wenlock Edge

At Wenlock Edge we really get into celebrating Halloween. This is because the Edge is surrounded by myths and legends so Halloween gives us the perfect opportunity to tell people about the spooky side of our spirit of place.

Activities started on Saturday 28th October with a jam-packed day starting with decorating the woods near Presthope and Much Wenlock with cobwebs, fake blood, bats, spiders and more. In the afternoon we had our children’s event which was the most successful it has ever been. Children created little wooden bats before helping a downtrodden witch to rebuild and decorate her home. Then as a group we went exploring the woods at Presthope, listening to stories told by a cast of ghostly characters and last but not least we had our fancy dress competition and handed out ghoulish goody bags.

Later that evening, and again on the evening of Sunday 29th, as the woods went dark, we held our All Hallows Eve walks. These events were not recommended for children under 10 years old as attendees enter the haunted wood of Smokey Hole only if they dare. Walking through the woods at night means every snap of a twig and crunch of leaves makes you feel like you are being watched... and you are! We had an amazing group of terrifying monsters and ghouls to make our visitors jump out of their skins around every corner and some fantastic storytellers to tell the legends and tales in all their gory detail.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Nibbled nut project - We need you!

In October 2015 we started a dormouse feeding signs (hazel nut) project on Wenlock Edge. The project aims to survey the entirety of Wenlock Edge in National Trust ownership and will therefore be undertaken over a number of years on a number of occasions between September and December. The goal of the project is to see if dormouse feeding signs can be found in every area of Wenlock Edge where there is fruiting Hazel.

We are continuing with this project this year and it is the more the merrier when it comes to searching the leaf litter for nibbled nuts! The dates for the surveys are:
Wednesday 1st November
Thursday 9th November

Thursday 23rd November
Wednesday 6th December

Surveys run from 10am-2pm, you can leave early but it will be up to you to get back to your car. An email will be sent the day before with information on the meeting place and to confirm whether the survey will be going ahead (they will be cancelled if weather conditions are too poor). You will need to dress for adverse weather conditions, wear sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch. Please be aware that on occasion we may be walking on a steep slope, off footpaths and through thick vegetation. Survey sheets, instructions, equipment and maps will be provided for you on the day and previous experience and knowledge of surveys and/or dormice is not required. If you are interested in taking part, contact Kate by email at kate.price@nationaltrust.org.uk
Nibbled nut volunteers

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Monitoring small mammal populations

This month one of our wildlife volunteers, Charlotte, has been undertaking small mammal monitoring in Blakeway Coppice. She has used ten traps along one 100m transect on three separate occasions, baiting the traps with seed and apple and providing hay, for any unsuspecting mammals to make a nest in for the night, then opening them up and releasing the mammals the next morning. She managed to catch 6 bank voles and 1 wood mouse which gives an overall success rate of 23%. This was dragged down by one very soggy trapping session but is still higher than the national average of 17%. We currently borrow the traps from Shropshire Mammal Group in exchange for records but we are planning to purchase our own so that surveys can be done earlier and later in the year. A huge thank you to Charlotte who has led on this project this year!