A local wildlife group, known as the Joy of Wildlife, has recently won a national award. The group, who help the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and other landowners understand the range of flora and fauna on their land, received the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) 2019 Group Award.
The gathering of amateur entomologists started in 2012, since then the group has grown to include amateur botanists, ornithologists, mycologists and lichenologists. Group coordinator Keith Fowler from Wellington arranges a series of weekly field trips through spring, summer and autumn to sites throughout the county. He then collates the records made by the group members and supplies them to the relevant landowners and the various County Recorders.
The NBN champions the sharing of data, working with partners and members to share information about wildlife.