Survey Group

Beginning in 1999, with a survey of Ledbury Town trail, a group of Ledbury Naturalists members, ably led by Janet Parry, have carried out surveys each year since of the flora and fauna, and sometimes the geology, of habitats in or around Ledbury. Most have been at the request of the landowner. Surveyed sites are diverse and include woodland and reclaimed farmland, ancient estates and areas of the Malvern hills.

Surveys are based on monthly visits to the chosen site from March to October when survey members record all species found to compile a detailed database of the wildlife present during the spring and summer period. Data are collated, and a report produced for each location that are archived on this website and the individual records submitted to Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) to enhance county records. Some reports have been used to inform decisions about the sites, for example, the survey of Broadmoor Common found use in decisions made by the Parish Council who now manage the common.

After long and distinguished service, Janet has retired from active duty in leading the surveys, so the group is not currently looking for places to survey, although it will consider requests from local landowners on a case-by-case basis.

Accordingly, for 2021, we have agreed to survey the newly-established orchards of the Colwall Orchard Group (COG) to assess progress in creating species-rich habitats, and as a benchmark for the future. There are two sites, on Old Church Road, Colwall, one adjacent to the allotment and the other at adjacent Luggs Mill. Our survey will contribute evidence to support an application to the soon-to-be-established Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).

We will meet monthly on Thursday afternoons beginning 15 April, then on 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 Aug, and 16 Sept, (and 14 Oct – if needed). For at least the first meeting, we will be under the rule of 6, so will walk round in separate groups with COG personnel who will brief us about their work and their plans for the future. Subsequent to the induction, individuals can visit any time but are encouraged to report any new data to Hilary Ward. In May, we expect to relax the rules, and plan to hold a club evening walk around the orchards later in summer.

New survey members are urgently needed. Specialists are welcomed but we also need non-specialists as more eyes and ears mean more discoveries. If you enjoy finding things, and learning about nature, we want to hear from you. Contact Janet by tel. 01531 640640 or email janet@jobeys.plus.com.

Completed surveys