Local Groups

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Local Groups

Local group meeting by Brian Taylor

We've got eight local groups of volunteers across Worcestershire who organise walks, talks, fundraising events, volunteer work parties and survey work.  Our groups bring together people with an interest in celebrating and enjoying our county’s wildlife.

You’ll be made very welcome at their regular events whether you attend an interesting talk or a supermarket collection. You may even like to get involved with organising them!

Find out more about our local groups below, discover their activities and events in your local area on our what's on pages or take a look at volunteering opportunities near you.

Bromsgrove & NE Worcestershire

Bromsgrove & NE Worcestershire local group organises a range of interesting talks throughout the autumn and winter months. We’re always happy to welcome you along to any of our meetings.

Meetings and Events

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month between October and April

  • Where: Bournheath Village Hall, Claypit Lane, Bournheath, Bromsgrove B61 9LA
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available.
  • Bird food available for sale.
  • Ample parking.
  • Non-members always welcome

You can read our latest update with our winter newsletter.

Get Involved

If you're interested in getting more involved and helping us to help wildlife, please get in touch.  We're looking for enthusiastic people to help our current committee promote the work of the Trust; from helping at an indoor talk to organising the talk itself.  You don't need any experience, just be keen to help and have a few hours a month (if that) to spare!  If you're interested in finding out more, please visit our volunteer pages or call Gordon Forrest, Chairman, on 07885 632964.

Droitwich

Droitwich local group has regular meetings throughout autumn and winter as well as organising walks during summer.  You’re welcome to join us at our events and to get involved at whatever level you’d like to. Simply come along and enjoy the social atmosphere with like-minded people or help us organise future events.

Meetings and Events

We meet on the second Monday of the month between October and March

  • Where: Droitwich Methodist Church Hall, Worcester Road, Droitwich, WR9 8AN
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available
  • Non-members always welcome

You can read the latest Droitwich news in our winter newsletter.

Malvern

Welcome! We’re a lively and active group discovering and enjoying wildlife around the beautiful Malvern Hills.  Our area covers Malvern, Upton upon Severn and surrounding villages. All our meetings and activities are open to non-members. More details of these as well as news and other information are on our own Malvern group website.

We really look forward to meeting you – you’ll find us to be a warm and friendly group who are very enthusiastic about wildlife conservation in our area.

Meetings and Events

Our popular indoor meetings  normally consist of an illustrated talk on a wildlife or landscape topic.

  • Where: Eden Centre, Grovewood Road Malvern WR14 1GD (NEW for September 2019)
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available
  • Bird food available for sale
  • Non-members always welcome

We also organise outdoor meetings throughout the year. These include walks close to home and further afield to special areas of wildlife interest, often accompanied by enthusiastic and expert naturalists.

See our calendar or download our winter newsletter for more information.

Get involved

Fundraising and publicising the Trust’s work are two important roles for us; we have stalls at local events and collection days at supermarkets. We’re always delighted to hear from anyone willing to help. Perhaps you could take photos for our displays, rattle a tin, make a cake, hold a coffee morning, provide a raffle prize or help in some other way? We’re always keen to hear new ideas.

Your local nature reserve

The Knapp and Papermill nature reserve at Alfrick Pound is perhaps the most special of the many reserves in our area with a diverse range of habitats along the picturesque Leigh Brook. For those keen on more active volunteering, weekday working parties are held through the winter months. No practical experience is required as guidance is given; visit our Knapp work party page for more information.

Recent sightings

We’d love to know if you’ve spotted anything exciting in our local area. You can leave a message in the guestbook on our website.  For more information about recording sightings of wildlife visit the website of the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre.

Contact

Contact us by telephoning Alison Uren (01684 567819) or by e-mail at malverngroup@live.co.uk

Redditch

Redditch local group has regular indoor evening meetings through the autumn and winter months with occasional outdoor meetings during the year.

You’re welcome to join us whether you're a Trust member or not. 

Meetings and Events

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month.

  • Where: Webheath Village Hall, Heathfield Road, Redditch, B97 5SQ
  • Time: 7.45pm
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available
  • Bird food available for sale
  • Non-members always welcome

You can download our latest information in our winter newsletter.

For more information about our activities or if you’re interested in getting involved with organising events, please contact Anne Williams on 01905 754919.

Orchids in a Redditch garden.

Sheena and Glen from the Redditch local group decided to leave a patch of their lawn unmown eight years ago. They soon had a couple of orchids but now they have a garden full.

SE Worcestershire

Southeast Worcestershire local group organises a range of wildlife-related events for the Pershore, Evesham and Broadway areas.  We welcome everyone to our talks, walks and reserve visits. 

The group also leads conservation work parties and runs an annual open day and monthly log sales at Tiddesley Wood nature reserve.

More details about our group are available on our South East Worcestershire Local Group website.

Meetings and Events

We meet on Tuesday evening once a month between October and March:

  • Where: Wulstan’s Hall, Pershore, WR10 1EB
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available
  • Bird food available for sale
  • Non-members always welcome

You can read more in our winter newsletter.

Volunteering at Tiddesley Wood

New volunteers are welcome to join our work parties that usually take place on the last Sunday of each month.  We undertake a variety of work in the field, orchard and wood itself. Bring your own refreshments and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear. No previous experience is necessary – we provide the tools and guidance.

Volunteers also help out with Tiddesley Wood Open Day and winter log sales.

To confirm dates of work parties call Harry Green on 01386 710377 or Bob Gillmor on 01386 556685.

Tiddesley Wood Open Day

Our annual event takes place each May and we’re looking for new volunteers to help us make it a success. We need help with car parking, setting up stalls, clearing up after the event, organising ...the list goes on!

Attractions on the day include craft stalls, traditional woodcraft demonstrations, bug hunts, wildlife discovery walks, nature trails, live music, refreshments, jewellery sales, plant sales, wildlife artists and photographers, environmental charities and much much more.

To find out more contact Bob Gillmor on 01386 556685.

Contact

For more information about our activities or if you’re interested in getting more involved contact Harry Green (chairman) on 01386 710377.

Stourbridge & Hagley

Join us for a programme of talks, walks and nature reserve-based events throughout the year; we'd love to see you at some of our varied and enjoyable events.

You're welcome to join us whether you're a Trust member or not.  If you'd like to get involved with helping organise the events or help out on one of our local nature reserves we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Meetings and Events

We meet indoors on the fourth Friday of each month between September and April and hold outdoors walks in the summer.

  • Where: St Saviours Church Hall, 1 Park Road. Hagley DY9 0NS
  • Time: 7.30pm 
  • Admission: £2.50
  • Refreshments available; ample parking
  • Non-members always welcome

You can read more in our winter newsletter.

Volunteering at your local nature reserve

Local group members run regular conservation work parties at the beautiful Penorchard Meadows.  If you'd like more information about what we do and how you can get involved, take a look at the Penorchard work party page; we'd love to hear from you.

Worcester

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

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

Check the events pages for an event near you or download our winter newsletter.

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

Contact

For more information about our activities, or if you’re interested in getting involved, contact Caryl on 07990 772693.

Wyre Forest

Come and see what we’re getting up to in the Wyre Forest Local Group. We’d love to invite you to our varied and interesting indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year.

Meetings and Events Diary

We meet on the first Thursday of each month between September and May.

  • Where: Holy Innocents Community Hall, Foley Park, Kidderminster, DY11 6LA
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £2.50, children free
  • Refreshments available; ample parking
  • Bird food available for sale
  • Non-members always welcome

We also hold regular walks once a month on a Sunday morning, which normally cover 3 to 4 miles and finish between 12.30pm and 1pm. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring binoculars if you have them. A voluntary collection is made at each walk.

You can read more in our autumn/winter newsletter.

Contact

For more information about our activities or if you’re interested in getting involved email David Howell (Chairman) on 01562 741891.

Volunteer enquiry

If you're interested in volunteering for a Local Group committee or you have a question for us, why not get in touch?

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