Our work

Staff and volunteers both work on our conservation projects © Nick Robinson

Staff and volunteers both work on our conservation projects

Conserving the Long Mynd

Over the past 15 years we have been working to reduce the damage to the hill caused by the overgrazing of sheep. Our conservation management plan aims to improve the condition of the heather, control the bracken and scrub, restore pools and monitor wildlife.

Otter camera

The team of volunteers that set the camera for our otter friend © Nick Robinson

The team of volunteers that set the camera for our otter friend

Our full-time volunteer, Kate Price, has been working with Stuart Edmunds from the Shropshire Mammal Group to try and capture on camera some of the wildlife in Carding Mill Valley.

They began by placing a camera in the tunnel that goes underneath the reservoir. We already knew that this tunnel was home to a number of bats but to our amazement the camera captured some lovely footage of a dog otter wandering up and down.

Bird cameras

The swallow camera has been a real hit with visitors © Nick Robinson

The swallow camera has been a real hit with visitors

Richard Yeoman-Clarke, one of our volunteers, has been leading a project to capture nesting and feeding birds.

The volunteers have put cameras up by our bird feeders in our wildlife garden and on the swallows' nest in the barn. The live footage from the bird feeder cameras can be seen on the screen in the tea-room.

Richard has put together a short video on the nesting swallows this year.

Badger camera

Badgers love to nibble on our plants in the garden © National Trust

Badgers love to nibble on our plants in the garden

Kate Price has managed to capture some lovely footage of a badger in the kitchen garden at Carding Mill Valley.

Kate managed to entice the badger near to the camera by leaving a small pile of peanuts and jam. In the video you can clearly see him tucking in.

This year we are going to try putting the camera in a variety of spots to see what we can capture on film.

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