We are very pleased with our Hebridean sheep who graze our meadows, now is the time of year that you can begin to see the impact they have had. By keeping down vigorous plants like nettles and brambles our sheep have allowed wild flowers to come through. You might see these cheeky chaps in Ippikins and Ballstone.
Monday, 20 April 2015
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The Wenlock woods and meadows are filled with beautiful wild flowers, look out for wood sorrel, barren strawberry, ground ivy and many more!
Wood anenomes are doing really well especially down in Northway wood.
There are some lovely specimens of Lesser Celandine at Knowle quarry, Presthope and at Wilderhope, near the stream.
Wilderhope is a great place to see cowslips and primroses.
Violets are springing up everywhere, a good place to spot them is on the path above Lea quarry.
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Wilderhope has one of the biggest colonies of swifts in Shropshire which has been a very important consideration when re-roofing the Manor house. The National Trust have worked closely with the swift group and have installed a number of swift boxes in the roof as well as leaving openings where swifts can enter. We will then monitor whether these boxes are being used next year.
Last Tuesday we and our volunteers were at Wilderhope in the pudding bag, cutting brambles and raking away brash. This will allow the wild flowers to come through. Peacock and brimstone butterflies were enjoying the sun too!
Saturday, 4 April 2015
The Countryfile team were at Wenlock Edge on Thursday to discover more about our Shropshire stronghold of dormice. We are looking forward to seeing our wonderful woods and wildlife on BBC1 on the 19th April! Make sure you catch it too!
|Stuart Edmunds, who monitors our dormouse boxes, talking to John Craven.|
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Shropshire and Staffordshire National Trust Volunteers (SSNTV) came to Wenlock Edge last Sunday to help widen one of our woodland rides. Opening up the rides make them sunnier which is beneficial for vegetation and visitors alike. Thank you SSNTV, we really appreciate all your hard work!
Also yesterday and today Me and Al tried a new method of cleaning the tracks on the Edge. We are using this little tractor with a mounted brush to sweep the mud off the paths. It is working really well so we will continue tomorrow as well. Hopefully you will see the difference on your next walk.