Spring Things on the Long Mynd

Lower Carding Mill Valley in spring

With the sun fully out and day's length stretching, the Long Mynd suddenly becomes a lot busier with wildlife. Why not get out and feel the sun on your back whilst taking in a new adventure.

As the warmer days and extra light finally fill the valleys of the Long Mynd, it's time to get out and explore. Green becomes the prominent colour on the hill. Insects buzz and flutter overhead. New life starts later here on the hill but explodes with the coming of the sunshine.

The summer migrant birds slowly return to the Long Mynd, joining the chorus of bird song from the residents. Look out for the speedy flight of the house martins, a true sign of end of the cold weather. There are loop the loops to spot from the ravens, the only bird to fly upside down. European gorse comes out to flower, filling the air with a heady scent of coconut.

Red grouse on the Long Mynd in spring
Red grouse on the Long Mynd in spring
Red grouse on the Long Mynd in spring

One very important bird for the Long Mynd needs our help each spring. Join us at sunset on the hills to count the Red Grouse and help to protect Shropshire's largest population of this special bird.

Counts take place between April and May, before the breeding season begins. During this time the birds stay deep in the heather, making them difficult to spot and count.

If you're interested in birds and conservation then this activity is for you. No special knowledge or skills are needed. A full briefing and training will be provided. It’s easy to do and everyone is welcome to take part. Counts will be held on six successive Thursdays in April and early May. Drop us an email if you'd like to join in and we'll send you the details.

NT Images
A spring view across the top of the Long Mynd
NT Images

The extended daylight means long walks in the sunshine to enjoy. Why not try a walk over the top of the Mynd with a well-earned drink or an ice cream from our tea-rooms at the end? Or even go all the way over the hill to stay in the YHA for the night before strolling back to Carding Mill Valley.

If you are out enjoying a walk with your dog on the Mynd or in Carding Mill Valley please be very aware of the resident sheep. It is lambing time and the pregnant ewes, new born lambs and new mothers need space and safety. It is essential all dog owners keep their dogs on leads and under close control. The commoners who farm the Mynd and own the sheep were really grateful to our visitors last year for their understanding and help to keep the sheep safe. We hope to erradicate dog attacks and can only do so with your strong support.

Spring lambs in Carding Mill Valley
Spring lambs in Carding Mill Valley
Spring lambs in Carding Mill Valley

Our spring programme of activities is very busy this year with Ranger talks, family Easter trails, new holiday activities and the first two Live at the Chalet gigs of 2019. There's also guided walks to enjoy primroses and the dawn chorus along with a new series of bird watching walks as well. Check our What's On pages for all the upcoming events and don't forget to book on early.