Shropshire Wildlife Trust Blog

Paul Hobson


Blue tit and apple

Autumn wildlife gardening

Autumn is traditionally the time to tidy up your garden, ‘putting it to bed for winter’ as my grandfather would say. Times and attitudes have changed, and I’d like to put in a big plea for not…

Autumn leaves

Autumn Leaves

Our best natural autumn spectacle is the changing colour of leaves in our woodlands. But why does this happen?



These wonderfully juicy berries cover hedgerows in late summer, and are loved by insects and mammals including squirrels and badgers who disperse the seeds. Discover more about blackberries,…

Wild angelica

Wildflowers at Sweeney Fen

Sweeney Fen hosts a very rare habitat for Shropshire – calcareous fen. Here base-rich water seeps from the limestone bedrock into the peat. Though small, the site is extremely diverse and, with…

Sweeney Fen

Wildflower Meadow Regeneration

Species-rich grassland is a sadly endangered thing – since 1950, we’ve lost around 98% of our traditional wildflower meadows. They were not just beautiful and culturally significant, they were a…

Walking Stiperstones

Wild Staycations

Have you decided to holiday closer to home this year? Here are some tips for having a wild week away (or even a feral fortnight) without the stress of air travel.

Blue tit drinking

High summer in the wildlife garden

We all enjoy a spell of hot weather – out in the garden with a cool drink, barbeques with friends and long evenings as the day cools down, enjoying the scent of the honeysuckle. Hot weather can be…


Bluebells in Spring

There is nothing quite so magical as stepping into a wood in early May, and finding yourself in a sea of bluebells. Dr Cath explains more about their history, how to spot non-native bluebells and…