Get involved and volunteer with the Stepping Stones project

Volunteer with the Stepping Stones projects in South Shropshire

Stepping Stones is a programme of landscape-scale environmental projects in the Shropshire Hills. There are lots of opportunities throughout the year to support the project and help us restore and connect healthy habitats for wildlife. If you'd like to know how you can get involved, read on to find out about the opportunities we've got coming up.

Upcoming Stepping Stones events

The best way to stay up to date with all our volunteering opportunities is to sign up to the Stepping Stones newsletter. You can sign yourself up here.

Volunteers installing some fencing as part of the Stepping Stones project
Volunteers installing some fencing as part of the Stepping Stones project in South Shropshire
Volunteers installing some fencing as part of the Stepping Stones project

 

 

Monday 27 June

Yellow Rattle seed colletion and meadow celebration.  Fir Tree Farm.  7pm - 8.30pm.

Come and help collect the seeds of yellow rattle, one of the most important plants in meadow restoration.  And spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds of a developing local meadow.

To book please email John Adams.

Tuesday 5 July

Stepping Stones Project talk as part of Shropshire Wildlife Trust's 60th anniversary celebrations.  Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.  7pm - 9pm.

Join Stepping Stones Project Officer Charlie Bell for an insightful evening into the work of the project, plus information about the various inspiring local groups that are supported by the project resources in order to make a difference in the area.

More information and booking details here.

Wednesday 6 July

Stepping Stones Community Field Visit - Meadows and Swifts.  Church Stretton.  6pm - 9pm.

You are invited on an evening visit to find out more about the Stepping Stones Project, meet some of the people and groups involved, and see examples of the nature conservation work happening locally.  The theme for this visit will be meadows and swifts, and will showcase the work of the Marches Meadow Group and the Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group.

To book please email John Adams.

Thursday 7 July

Yellow Rattle seed colletion and meadow celebration.  Jinlye Meadows.  2.30pm - 4pm.

Come and help collect the seeds of yellow rattle, one of the most important plants in meadow restoration.  And spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds of a developing local meadow.

To book please email John Adams.

 

Thursday 4 August/18 August/1 September

Haymaking and green hay collection.  Little Caradoc.  10am - 3pm.

Please note we are holding three dates for this session, as it is weather dependant.  A decision will be made nearer the time as to which date we go for!

We have an opportunity to work with a local smallholder to help them manage their excellent hay meadow, in return for the green hay.  They will cut the hay and we will rake and collect it on the same day.  If you would like to come along to rake, bag and collect some green hay to help spread seed on your own meadow or verge restoration project, or just want to come along and help others collect some, then please let us know.

To book please email John Adams.

 

Wednesday 10 August

Training session - Identification of Dragonflies.  Natural England, Pennerley.  10am - 4pm.

Aimed at beginners, we hope to introduce you close-up to a number of dragonflies so that you will leave confident in your own abilities to identify them and make species records.  Taught by Shropshire Dragonfly Recorder Sue Rees Evans.  Free to attend but booking essential.

Bookings via Eventbrite.

 

Monday 15 August

Training session - Scything refresher and scythe maintenance.  Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms.  2pm - 5pm.

Refresh those rusty scythes...and those rusty scything skills!  This afternoon session will cover scythe care and scythe maintenance, plus tips on how to refine your scything technique.  Not suitable for begiiners - participants will need some previous scything experience or prior attendance of a beginners' scything course.

To book please email John Adams.

 

Monday 22 August

Training session - Scything refresher and scythe maintenance.  Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms.  2pm - 5pm.

Refresh those rusty scythes...and those rusty scything skills!  This afternoon session will cover scythe care and scythe maintenance, plus tips on how to refine your scything technique.  Not suitable for begiiners - participants will need some previous scything experience or prior attendance of a beginners' scything course.

To book please email John Adams.

 

Thursday 25 August

Volunteer day - Russels Meadow, Church Stretton.  10am - 3pm.

We will help local volunteers and the Town Council create a more wildlife friendly space in the heart of Church Stretton.  Tasks will include stripping turf in preparation for hedge planting in the autumn, and constructing tree protectors for the planting of standard trees.

To book please email John Adams.

 

Tuesday 4 October

Training session - Damselflies & Dragonflies - what next?  Natural England, Pennerley.  2pm - 4pm.

Intermediate level - some dragon/damselfly identification skills required. 

This half day session will focus on putting your draogn and damselfly identification skills to good use. We will clarify what make a good biological record and then outline a number of different ways in which your records can contribute to our knowledge and conservation of Odonata, with particular reference to the Stepping Stones Project Area. Taught by Shropshire Dragonfly Recorder Sue Rees Evans.  Free to attend but booking essential.

Bookings via Eventbrite.

 

Thursday 24 November

Volunteer day - Russels Meadow, Church Stretton.  10am - 3pm.

We will help local volunteers and the Town Council create a more wildlife friendly space in the heart of Church Stretton.  Tasks will include hedge planting, and installing tree protectors for the planting of standard trees.

To book please email John Adams.

Sheep grazing on the Long Mynd in South Shropshire

Stepping Stones Project

Find out all about this landscape scale project in the Shropshire Hills and how you can be involved.

Low cloud draped over the Shropshire Hills

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Help us to restore and connect isolated habitats for plants and wildlife across Long Mynd and the Stiperstones.