Worcester local group

Birdwatching at The Knapp (c) Poppy MorrisBirdwatching at The Knapp (c) Poppy Morris

Worcester local group welcomes you all to join us for a range of wildlife-related talks, walks and reserve visits.

We’re lucky enough to have three great nature reserves on our doorstep; Monkwood, Trench Wood and Lower Smite Farm.

There are many ways you can get involved – from enjoying an event or helping out at meetings to volunteering with a work party on one of our reserves.

Meetings and Events Diary

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month between September and April.
• Where: Bishop Allenby Hall, St Stephen's St, Worcester, WR3 7HS
• Time: 7.30pm
• Admission: £2.50, including refreshments
• Books and gift items available for sale
• Bird food usually available for sale
• Non-members always welcome

During the summer months we organise a varied programme of outdoor visits and walks. Check the events pages for an event near you or download our Local Group What's On

You can read more in our winter newsletter.

February

We were delighted to invite popular speaker Brian Draper MBE to our February meeting. The meeting was well attended and Brian took an appreciate audience on a wonderful journey along the River Severn from its source in the moorlands of Plymlimon to Slimbridge, telling us about some wonderful places to watch a whole variety of wildlife along the way.

Brian has kindly supplied us with summary notes of his journey, packed with map references and information about wildlife to look out for, so now you can plan some outings and get out there to discover some of these wonderful places for yourself! Many thanks to Brian.

Sightings

We have a ‘sightings’ book at our meetings, and we’re always glad to read what people have been out and about spotting – or perhaps what wildlife has been to visit them!

Brian Clarke saw a barn owl hunting in meadow at Kempsey Church in the middle of January.

Jan and Feb - Andy and Jean Young have seen flocks of lapwings, redwings and fieldfares around Besford.

Patrick Linturn has recently spotted two redpolls, a great spotted woodpecker and a female blackcap. He has also enjoyed watching foxes and a badger visiting his garden thanks to images captured on his trail camera.

I am now getting regular visits from a pied wagtail. One morning I was hanging out my silver car cover to dry on the line over my patio and he couldn't quite muster up the courage to walk beneath it, despite many brave attempts!

On 12 February I saw a song thrush on my lawn - a first! 

If you have spotted anything unusual or interesting, it would be lovely to hear from you.  You can email Poppy – if you managed to get a photo too that would be great!

For more information about recording sightings of wildlife visit the website of the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre.

Helping your local nature reserve

Each of our local reserves holds volunteer work parties to help with their management.  A range of work is undertaken – no experience is necessary as all tools and guidance are provided. Bring your own refreshments and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear.

For information about times and who to contact, visit our volunteering opportunities pages.

Contact

For more information about our activities, or if you’re interested in getting involved, contact Poppy on 01886 812854.

What's on - Worcester

  • Worcester Local Group Meeting

    Wednesday 17th January 2018,
    7.30pm - 10.00pm

    Venue: Bishop Allenby Hall

    Worcester local group's monthly meeting - speaker to be confirmed.

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  • Volunteer

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    Log sales volunteers (c) Claire Dovey

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    What's on

    The Biology, Ecology and Folklore of Plant Galls

    Tuesday 2nd January 2018,
    7.45pm - 10.00pm

    Venue: Webheath Village Hall

    Wondering about witches' brooms and Robin's pincushions? Find out about these bizarre bumps and lumps with Peter Shirley and the Redditch local group.

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