Calendar of our meetings, events and activities

     

    Our Indoor Meetings (IMs) are held at 7-30 pm at the Lyttelton Rooms, Church
    Street, Great Malvern WR14 2AY, next to the Priory Church. Entrance fee: adults £2.50, children no charge, including refreshments. Everyone is very welcome,
    including non-WWT members. For more details about the talks, contact Alison Uren on 01684 567819. For reports of previous Indoor Meetings, click here.

    Our Outdoor Meetings (OMs) are held on a regular basis throughout the year. For details or to arrange a lift, contact Margaret Vernon 01684 565079 (coach and minibus trips); Neil (local walks) on 01684 564288; Carol Bradley (local wildlife ambles) on 01886 884372/ 07929 091814; or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Details/booking form for all planned trips in 2018 can be found by clicking here. 

    For trips in 2019 click here

    2018

    Wednesday 6th June    OM/Amble  10am to approx. 12.30pm  Slow wildlife amble in the local  area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Wednesday 20th June  OM/Walk   9.30am to 12.30pm. Hardwick Green Meadows: the flora and flora of the floodplain meadows.

    Guided walk with Rob Allen, WWT Reserves Team Leader around the newly acquired meadows, focusing on plants, butterflies, insects, birds and hopefully seeing brown hares. Meet and park at the reserve (SO 815327). Voluntary donation to WWT. Take a packed lunch if you wish. LIMIT 20. Booking is essential; contact Neil on 01684 564288. 

    Thursday 28th June    OM/Amble  10am to approx. 12.30pm  Slow wildlife amble in the local  area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Friday 6th July   OM/Walk  10am to 1pm.  Swinyard Hill area : flora and fauna.

    Guided walk around Swinyard Hill, Gullet Quarry and adjoining common land with local resident Roger Bates, hoping to see silver-washed fritillaries, peregrines and slow worms, and hear (and see?) turtle doves. There will also be a visit to Roger's wildlife garden where tea and cake will be available. Meet and park at Swinyard Car Park (SO 768 382). Voluntary donation to WWT. LIMIT 20. Booking is essential; contact Neil on 01684 564288.

    Thursday 12th July   OM/Walk   9.30 to 12.30pm.  The Fold Nature Reserve, Bransford

    Guided walk through the reserve led by Keith Falconer, a local naturalist familiar with the Fold, taking in the  Lakeside, Railway and Riverside trails and covering their different wildlife habitats. There are some steps and uneven ground but the walking is fairly easy. Voluntary donation to WWT. After the walk, if you can stay on, please support the marvellous organic café at the Fold serving local and seasonal food. Food can be ordered before we set off. Meet and park in the large car park (SO 796 526) at the rear near the reserve entrance: from the Leigh Sinton direction, after the Bank House roundabout turn left just past the garage into the main vehicle entrance. Booking essential; ring Neil on 01684 564288. 

    Tuesday 17th July  OM/Amble  2pm to approx. 4.30pm. Slow wildlife amble in the local  area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Tuesday 24th July and possibly Wednesday 25th July 2018.  OM/Trip  Pine Marten Recovery Programme Central Wales

    We have the opportunity to join the development officer for the Pine Marten Recovery Programme in Central Wales as she monitors the ongoing work. Details can be found here.

    Wednesday 8th August & Thursday 9th August. A one-day visit to Imber Village on Salisbury Plain.

    Both trips are full but a reserve list is operating.More details can be found here.

    Friday 24th August   OM /Amble  10am to approx. 12.30pm. Slow wildlife amble in the local  area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Thursday 6th September  IM   Limestone and grassland butterflies. Talk by John Tilt, co-author of Butterflies of the West Midlands.

    John coordinates all butterfly records and analysis of casual sightings and transects for the West Midlands branch of Butterfly Conservation. In this fascinating talk he describes the numerous species of butterfly in the UK that inhabit limestone areas and grasslands. The decline of some species and success of others will be of interest to all conservationists.

    Tuesday 11th September   OM/Amble   2pm to approx. 4.30pm. Slow wildlife amble in the local  area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Thursday 4th October  IM  Malvern Hedgehog Rescue. Talk by Viv Smith, manager of Malvern Hedgehog Rescue.

    MHR is a voluntary rescue centre providing treatment and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs within Malvern and the surrounding areas, Viv will talk about her dedicated work, the problems hedgehogs face in the wild, and how to attract them into our garden. Her aim is to relieve suffering and return all healthy hedgehogs to the wild.

    Wednesday 17th October  OM  10am to approx. 12.30pm. Slow wildlife amble in the local area.

    More details including location will be circulated nearer the time to those on the Malvern Group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (see above).

    Thursday 1st November  IM  Walking the Malverns in search of wildlife. Talk by Ian Butler, wildlife photographer.

    Having lived in Malvern for several years, Ian knows that the Malvern Hills are full of wildlife watching opportunities throughout the year. Illustrated by stunning photography of plants, birds, insects and mammals, this talk will interest all wildlife lovers.

    Thursday 6th December  IM  Discovering Scotland's western and northern isles.  Presentation by Nick Martin, wildlife photographer.

    In this digital presentation, Nick Martin describes the Western Isles including Skye and the mysterious Outer Hebrides. We then move north to the magical Shetlands. Images of landscapes and wildlife include everything from orchids to eagles, skuas and otters.