Hartlebury Common Local Group’s programme of Indoor Meetings will be held at The Elizabeth Mill Centre, Sion Gardens, Stourport on Severn DY13 8BH –    off New Street, opposite the Civic Centre.  Indoor meetings are held on Tuesdays and start at 7:45 pm and admission is £3.00 (payments by cash only).

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2024 Programme of Events


Tuesday 13th February 2024

Geological Inspirations – Along the Geopark Way.  Talk by Georgia Jacobs

Tuesday 12th March 2024

Wild about Worcester Way.  Talk by Paul Snookes, Chair of the Worcester Environment Group

Tuesday 9th April 2024

Birds of North Worcs.  Talk by Craig Reid, County Bird Recorder


Tuesday 14th May 2024

Bees and Wasps of the West Midlands’ heathlands.  Talk by Aaron Bhambra

2023 Programme of Events

Monday 6th February 2023

Kate Aubrey on Fascinating Fungi

Monday 6th March 2023

Mel Mason on Lost Fritillaries of the Malvern Hills

Monday 3rd April 2023

Jason Kernohan on ‘A Fascination with Clearwings’.

Monday 8th May 2023

Phil Playford on Reptiles and Amphibians

Saturday 13th May 2023

Dawn chorus walk lead by Craig Reed. Meet 5.30am in Wilden Top car park.

Saturday 29th July 2023

Annual walk and picnic. Aaron Bhambre from Birmingham University will lead a walk on the common looking for solitary bees and wasps. Meet 11.00am in Lower Poollands car park. The walk will be followed by our annual bring and share picnic at 1.00pm.

Tuesday 12th September 2023

Rosemary Winnall on Flower Power

Tuesday 10th October 2023

James Parslow on grazing English Longhorn cattle on Hartlebury Common

Tuesday 14th November 2023

Tim Cornah  on Hartlebury and the Civil War

Tuesday 12th December 2023

7:15 pm  AGM  (members only)

7:45 pm “My Hartlebury Common”  –  Members of the group will tell/show us what is important to them about Hartlebury Common .


2022 Programme of Events

Monday 7th February 2022

Phillip Playford  “Badgers:  It’s not all Black & White ”

Monday 7th March 2022

Adam Wright  “Even small things matter ”

Monday 4th April 2022

Kevin McGee  “The Bees & Wasps of Hartlebury Common”

Saturday 7th May 2022

A spring walk on Hartlebury Common in search of Green Hairstreak butterfly and Emperor Moth.  Meet 11.00am in Wilden Top car park.

Monday 9th May 2022

Carol Wood  “Swifts”

Saturday 13th August 2022

A guided Bee and Wasp walk around Hartlebury Common with Kevin McGee, followed by our annual picnic (bring your own).   Meet 11am in Lower Poollands car park.

Monday 19th September 2022  CANCELLED

Mel Mason “Malvern Hills Lost Fritillaries Project.

Please Note:  As a mark of respect for our late Queen Elizabeth, the Hartlebury Common Local Group committee has decided to postpone Mel Mason’s talk on the Lost Fritillaries Project. Mel will now give his talk on 6th March, 2023.

Monday 3rd October 2022

Mike Smart “Breeding Curlews in the Severn and Avon Vales”

Monday 7th November 2022

Mike Southall – “Artefacts from a lifetime in farming”

Monday 5th December 2022

AGM followed by Wildlife Question Time



2021 Programme of Events


Monday 1st February 2021</strong

Rosemary Winnall  “A Garden For Wildlife”

This is an online meeting and will be hosted using Zoom.   It is a free event but pre-booking is essential.   Please email: to book a place.


Monday 1st March 2021

Mike Southall  “The Butterflies and Moths of Bolivia”

This is an online meeting and will be hosted using Zoom.   It is a free event but pre-booking is essential.   Please email: to book a place.


Monday 12th April 2021

Matthew Terry “An Introduction to British Bats”

This is an online meeting and will be hosted using Zoom.   It is a free event but pre-booking is essential.   Please email: to book a place.


Monday 24th May 2021

Ben Harris “Discovering Reptiles”

This is an online meeting and will be hosted using Zoom.   It is a free event but pre-booking is essential.   Please email: to book a place.


Monday 6th September 2021

Sean Cole “The Orchids of Worcestershire”

Sean co-wrote the recently published Wild Guides: Britain’s Orchids –  A Field Guide to the Orchids of Great Britain and Ireland and for this talk he will be focussing on Worcestershire’s orchids.  This is definitely not one to miss!


Monday 4th October 2021

Geoff Shaw “The History of Camp Bewdley”

Geoff is from the Areley Kings History Group and will be talking to us about the history of the camp and the American Army in this area during World War 2.


Monday 1st November 2021

Paul Cook “My Life on Hartlebury Common (part 2)”

Paul of Cook’s Garden Centre will be talking to us about his life Living on Hartlebury Common


Monday 6th December 2021

AGM followed by “Wildlife Question Time”

The panel consists of Mike Averill (Worcestershire County Dragonfly Recorder), Mike Williams (Founder Member of West Midlands Butterfly Conservation) and Jason Kernohan (Local Naturalist and Wildlife Blogger) who will attempt to answer all manor of wildlife related questions that the audience may have.


Prior to the public meeting (at 8pm), paid members of the Hartlebury Common Local Group are invited to attend the groups AGM which commences at 7pm and will last until approximately 7:45 pm



2020 Programme of Events

Monday 10th February 2020

Charlie Bell (FSC Biolinks)  “A Look at Earthworms plus an FSC Biolinks Project Update”

Monday 9th March 2020

Andy Harris & Charlie Bird (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust)  “Dropping Well Farm Heathland Restoration Project”

Monday 6th April 2020 (Cancelled)

Mike Southall  “The Butterflies & Moths of Bolivia”

Sunday 26th April 2020  –   Outdoor Event (Cancelled)

Jason Kernohan & Mike Williams “Emperor Moth Hunt on Hartlebury Common”.   Meet at 2pm at Wilden Top car park

Monday 4th May 2020 (Cancelled)

Peta Sams “Our Not So Common Swifts Peta Sams”

Thursday 11th June 2020 –   Outdoor Event (Cancelled)

The Wyre Forest District Council Rangers Service will lead the group on a “guided walk around the recently created acid grassland reserve of Burlish Meadows” near Stourport-on-Severn. Meet at 6pm at the Burlish Top car park on the Kingsway.

Saturday 25th July 2020 –   Outdoor Event  (Cancelled)

Kevin McGee “A Guided Walk looking at the Bees & Wasps of Hartlebury Common”.  To be followed by our annual bring and share picnic.  Meet at 2pm at Wilden Top Car Park for the guided walk.

Monday 7th September 2020  (Cancelled)

Phillip Playford “Reptiles of Shropshire & Staffordshire”

Monday 12th October 2020  (Cancelled)

Adam Wright “The Urban Nature Reserves around the Wyre District (the small things do matter)”

Monday 9th November 2020  (Cancelled)

Kevin McGhee “Bees & Wasps”

Monday 7th December 2020 (Cancelled)

AGM followed by Tony Simpson “The Moths of Worcestershire”  

We hold both indoor and outdoor meetings. Our indoor meetings are held at Stourport Sports’ Club, Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ, which is opposite Stourport High School and has good parking facilities. Indoor meetings start at 8pm and cost £3.00. For outdoor meeting/event times and locations see below.

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2019 Programme of Events

Monday 11th February 2019

John Bingham “Historical Ecology of the Wyre Forest”

Monday 11th March 2019

Gordon Forrest “The Nature of Randan Meadow, Chaddesley Wood, WWT Nature Reserve”

Monday 8th April 2019

Kate Quinton & Sally Pendergast “Conservation at Ruskin Land”

Saturday 4th May 2019 (Outdoor Event)

Jason Kernohan “Dawn Chorus walk on Hartlebury Common”.  Participants are asked to meet at 5:15 AM at the Wilden Top car park with the walk starting at 5:30 AM prompt.

Monday 13th May 2019

Tom Woodall “Developing the wildlife meadow at Ashwood Nurseries”

Sunday 19th May 2019 (Outdoor Event)

Mike Lomax, Jason Kernohan & Mike Williams “Green Hairstreak butterfly hunt on Hartlebury Common” Meet at 1400 Wilden Top car park.

Sunday 9th June 2019 (Outdoor Event)

Mike Averill (County Recorder for Dragonflies) “Pond dipping and bug hunt on Hartlebury Common”. Followed by bring and share picnic. Meet at Lower Poolands car park. Will commence at 14.00 prompt

Saturday 29th June 2019 (Outdoor Event)

Hartlebury Common BioBlitz in association with the FSC Biolinks. It’s a free event taking place between 9 AM and 5 PM and all are welcome.  Activities include: Pond Dipping, Moth Trapping, Butterfly Walk, Dragonfly Hunt, Dung Beetle Safari, Children’s activities and much more. For further information visit:

Monday 9th September 2019

John Robinson “Owls”

Monday 14th October 2019

Jason Kernohan “The Wildlife of Hartlebury Common”


Monday 11th November 2019

Mike Lomax “Butterflies on Hartlebury Common”

Monday 9th December 2019

AGM followed by Roger Umpelby  “Bredon Hill through a year, a nature lover’s view”