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Welcome to the new Teme valley wildlife group web site blog pages. The main purpose of the blog for the moment is to publish the monthly articles written by committee member Steph Mocroft, that are sent out to a number of parish magazines, including Abberley parish magazine, Teme Span and Teme Triangle. If you are …

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Teme Valley Musings, June 2022

The Teme Valley Wildlife Group is meeting again at Stoke Bliss and Kyre village hall now that corona virus restrictions have been lifted. One of our speakers has been Nick Dunn from Frank P Matthews Tree Nursery who gave an excellent talk on trees and shrubs for gardens and wildlife. The meeting was well-attended and …

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Teme Valley Musings, May 2022

I’m always on the look-out for information about the Teme valley so was interested to read a recent report about a project called “Riverscapes”. It is a partnership between four different trusts, which are The Rivers Trust, The National Trust, The Woodland Trust and The Beaver Trust. Its aim is to promote healthy rivers through …

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Teme Valley Musings, April 2022

Last year I wrote about sparrowhawks in one of my articles and had not imagined that I would return to the subject so soon. However a couple of weeks ago I witnessed a sight that I think is worth describing. It happened in the town of Stourport-on-Severn. As I descended a canal bridge on my …

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Teme Valley Musings, March 2022

“I’ve heard that Tommy Tittle-mouse lived in a little house” began Beatrix Potter in a nursery rhyme about one of our most loved garden birds. The old word titmouse once applied to the tit family in general, but here she was referring to the long-tailed tit, which does indeed have a splendid little house, woven …

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Teme Valley Musings, February 2022

February “fill-dyke” is a good month to stay indoors and avoid the slush and sogginess outside. The topic I have chosen for today’s article can be contemplated indoors and concerns the plants and animals which feature in place names. Some can be obvious; a name such as Ferny Hill needs no explanation. This hillside area …

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Teme Valley Musings, January 2022

The first frost of winter heralded a bright crisp day, perfect for walking, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to explore the Clent Hills. I had been keen to visit since reading Francis Brett Young’s “The Ballad of St Kenelm AD 821”. I liked the poet’s description of the woods there, “a brambled brash of …

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Teme Valley Musings, December 2021

The approach of Christmas brings to mind churches and the thought of churches reminds me of a visit I made earlier this year to Great Malvern Priory. This stately building is now a parish church but it began as the place of worship for Benedictine monks. Their wealth allowed them to commission rich ecclesiastical decorations, …

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Teme Valley Musings, November 2021

August saw the Teme Valley Wildlife Group’s first outdoor meeting of 2021. We enjoyed a splendid visit to Catherton Common for a nature ramble led by the group’s engaging entomology expert, Tony Simpson. The day was warm but not over-hot and wildlife was out in force at this special Shropshire site. As we assembled, friends …

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Teme Valley Musings, October 2021

Worcestershire has long been known for its fruit-growing; apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherries and blackcurrants all thrive in the moderate climate and fertile soil of our county. Here is a traveller looking down from Broadway Hill in the late eighteenth century, “I well remember standing some time to gaze over the rich country below. The …

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Teme Valley Musings, September 2021

This month’s topic is ash dieback, a disease that is currently affecting our native ash tree, Fraxinus excelsior. Like Dutch elm disease before it, it is expected to change the appearance of the English landscape and much research is under way on how to manage it and mitigate its effects. The disease is caused by …

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