countryside & wildlife

There's something incredibly exciting about the resilience of nature in towns: its refusal to be crushed by concrete, bricks or tarmac. Poppies springing up between paving stones, buddleia bushing out from chimney pots – such triumph of life from infinitesimal chances surprises us with pleasure. These random blooms also remind us of what we have lost beneath our roads, houses and shopping centres. They make us think too of what could be destroyed in the future.


Acton Scott Farm Museum

A farm museum which also runs courses in traditional country crafts and trades

Attingham park

– loads of green outdoor activities for kids. Walled garden and National Trust House with tea rooms.

Biologic Design

Purify wastewater, create ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and plant biomass.

01886 884721

Campaign for Dark-Skies

This offshoot of the British Astronomical Association says an extra 567,000 tonnes of C02 are pumped into the atmosphere annually by inefficient and sometimes unnecessary street lighting (as on motorways).

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Campaigns to preserve the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside.

01547 528546

Cleobury Country Environment Forum

Active projects in the area

Cleobury Mortimer
01299 270562


Ecological consultancy

61 Copthorne Road
01743 236096

Environment Agency

Floodline: 03459 881188
Environmental incident hotline: 0800 807060

03708 506506

Historic England

Protects and promotes historic buildings.

Used to be called English Heritage.

0870 3331181

Marches Renewable Energy (MaRE)

Grants available for businesses, NGOs, charities etc (not domestic) for renewable schemes. Up to 50%, maximum 200kW peak 

National Wildflower Centre

Charitable and educational promoter of wildflower habitats.

Sadly, as of November 2016, this charity ceased business.

We have left the link up as there was some hope that parts of the charity could be saved.

0151 738 1913

Natural England

The government’s advisor on the natural environment, providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Parkside Court
Hall Park Way
0300 0606000

Natural Shropshire (& Shropshire Biodiversity Partnership)

for nearby wildlife, biodiversity issues, websites and local field meetings with experts. Runs a free tree scheme for residents in Shropshire every winter

01743 252562


Fun outdoors .....Bushcraft parties, local survival skills, within nature.

Little wenlock

Pesticide Action Network UK

They are an action group concerned with replacing the use of toxic pesticides.

They have section for all pollinators including bees


Works to protect wild plants.

14, Rollestone St
01722 342730

Praise Bee

A local charity, helping to save and promote the Mason Bee - a good pollinator and not subject to the same diseases and predators as the Honey Bee.  They use churchyards and local gardens to create welcome homes for the bees, which they are researching, in order to be of use in spreading info and bees beyond Shropshire.

Contact Trustee Viv Marsh on 01939 291475 or email

Preston Montford Field Studies Centre

Educational charity, training projects, research programmes and leisure courses.

0845 3307378

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

– places to see birds in shropshire. Count your garden birds in their annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey. 

Severn Tree Trust

(formerly the International Tree Foundation)

Monthly meetings or visits. Tree planting and newsletter.

Shopshire Invertibrate Group SIG

Meets monthly between March and October to explore sites around the county.

To contact, email

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Godfrey Blunt blunt.sig195[at]

Nigel Jones nipajones[at]

Shropshire & Staffordshire Amphibian and Reptile Group

ShropsARG aims to increase our understanding of the distribution and ecology of amphibians and reptiles in Shropshire.          

     Contact John Wilkinson( Shrop)


01743 252578

Shropshire Badger Group

They have area contacts throughout the county. 

Members can become more involved in dealing with badger problems if they want.

In addition to the field activities to care for badgers there are occasional meetings,with a speaker, slide show, video demonstrations etc.

01743 271999

Shropshire Bat Group

The Bat Group regularly monitors winter hibernacula in the old lead mines around Shropshire 

Shropshire Beekeepers Association

events, meetings, and what to do if you discover a swarm!

01743 88452

Shropshire Great Outdoors

Parks and Countryside Sites


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

re-discover the Shropshire Hills - an area of outstanding natural beauty; lots of signed local walking, art, shop & cafe

Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus

weekends & Bank Hol Mondays bus service into the hils. Choice of 2 routes. (Not winter).

Shropshire mammal Group

A group of mammal enthusiasts, researchers and recorders.

Shropshire Ornithological Society

The Society is involved in the management of several sites in the County,  Venus Pool, an important wetland, is owned and managed by the Society.

Shropshire swifts

A Shropshire-wide Swift Group, who have information and advice on swifts, record swifts in Shropshire, and can asist with the provision of nest boxes.  They work with Swift Conservation, and welcome info on new sites.  (There are several in Shrewsbury).

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

 Shropshire's leading conservation charity. It manages over 40 nature reserves.

Offers a number of volunteering opportunities throughout the county, including:

Survey work, help with events, Education and Gardening help



Stretton Climate Care

Climate care action group. Great website.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

They give help and advice on Hedgehogs.

Hedgehog House,
01584 890801

The National Trust

Aims to protect special places in the UK.

Attingham Park
01743 708162

Woodcraft Folk

Unique progressive educational movement for children and young adults- designed to be an ecological alternative to the Guides and Scouts.

Woodland Trust

Charity that acquires and protects native UK woodlands,