Shropshire Wildlife Trust
At CJ Wildlife we are always looking to help and support local charities, particularly those associated with wildlife. So we are pleased to be a corporate member of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Craig Baker, MCIPD at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust says: "Shropshire Wildlife Trust cares for 40 nature reserves, including woods, meadows and wetland bird havens and encourages people to enjoy nature with walks, talks and events in towns and countryside across the county. With local branches around the county, the Trust involves volunteers in all aspects of its work and campaigns for positive development that respects our natural environment. For example, this is achieved through encouraging thousands of school children to be in touch with nature through for instance school grounds projects, John Muir Awards and trips to nature reserves and working through corporate and business partnerships to improve wildlife provision on site and encouraging improved health and wellbeing of employees through nature-based activities.
"Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s vision for Shropshire in fifty years is to see a county rich in wildlife, deeply valued by all who live here; wildlife valued not only for itself but for the contribution it makes to society and the economy. We see a natural environment that is safeguarded yet dynamic, a resilient place where we can all enjoy a sustainable future, recognising that the economy depends on the environment."
To find out more about Shropshire Wildlife Trust and their projects please click here
Pine Marten Project 2019
The Pine Marten Project aims to research the pine marten population in south Shropshire and protect their habitat. Whilst volunteers work tirelessly to install den boxes and trail cameras; research and monitoring of the individuals and the habitat they use is continuous. By working with landowners to protect the woodland upon which they depend and raising awareness of these elusive nocturnal mammals, the population will thrive.
Pine martens are part of the mustelid family and are identified by their chestnut-brown fur with pale cream or yellow ‘bib’ on the chin and throat and a long bushy tail. Their preferred habitat is woodland where they forage for food. The news that pine martens are back here in Shropshire proves that there is potential for these beautiful creatures to once again flourish in our county after an absence of over 100 years.
Since an initial sighting in 2015, at least 13 individuals have been filmed on camera traps in the same area of the South Shropshire Hills. This includes young martens (kits) which shows our small population is breeding and it is imperative that we conserve the woodlands to provide a network of habitats for them. The potential to breed is much improved by offering safe den boxes across the area and this is where CJ Wildlife became involved.
CJ’s was delighted to present Shropshire Wildlife Trust with a contribution to the Pine Marten Project of 3 new den boxes from its Vivara Pro professional and conservation range.
Customer Donations fund starter sets for Feed The Birds Project 2019
As a result of the generous donations from our customers, we were delighted to present Shropshire Wildlife Trust with a contribution of £1000. The donation is being used on their fabulous community project ‘Feed The Birds’ helping local vulnerable people connect with nature through bird feeding.
Feed The Birds involves training volunteers to visit people who are experiencing social isolation, to install and refill bird feeders and chat about garden wildlife. It aims to reach 100 beneficiaries, matching them with 100 volunteers in 12 months. Each beneficiary receives a Feed The Birds Starter Pack consisting of a Bird Feeding Station, a Metal 4 port feeder, 12.75kg Hi-Energy No Mess Seed Mix plus a Garden Bird Identification poster – all from the CJ Wildlife range. The generous contribution from CJ Wildlife customers will ensure at least a quarter of the Starter Sets are already funded and ready for use.
New look to the Nest Box Walkway at The Cut
The new display is located at The Cut Visitor Centre in Shrewsbury between the beautiful walled wildlife garden, revitalised by a group of dedicated volunteers, leading up to the internal shop are the cloisters of this historic building. The side wall which used to house a haphazard array of wildlife habitats has undergone a facelift complete with illustrations to now display a whole range of CJ Wildlife bird, insect and mammal habitats. The aim of the project was to create better awareness of the diversity of wildlife in our gardens and how to care for them with habitats specific to their needs. Now that the habitats have been grouped into their individual display sections, visiting customers can see the types of wildlife they can attract. The new display received positive response from staff, volunteers and visitors and has also captured the enthusiasm of children. As new designs are produced the display can develop with them.
Not only a visually appealing addition to The Cut, but an important engagement tool for the staff at Shropshire Wildlife Trust who can help customers in choosing the correct habitat as well as caring for wildlife in general. Visitor Services Manager, Lizzie Stuart said: “We are very grateful to CJ Wildlife for their support creating this wonderful new display of wildlife homes, which we hope will engage and inspire visitors to install nest boxes in their own gardens”.
Ercall Wood Nest Box Project
In March 2013 we donated 30 nest boxes to Shropshire Wildlife Trust with the aim of increasing the range of Pied Flycatcher in Ercall Wood on the Edge of the Wrekin, near Telford in Shropshire.
Pied Flycatchers are amber listed under the UK conservation categories because of steep declines in population in recent years and closely associated with oak woodland such as that found at this particular location. We hope that providing safe, suitable nesting sites could help to stem the decline.
During the breeding season the nest boxes will be inspected by a licensed Shropshire bird ringer to help the Trust monitor the birds' breeding success and keep a keen eye on results.