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Tuesday 9th April – The Birds of North Worcestershire with Craig Reed

The Hartlebury Common Local Group’s next indoor meeting is on Tuesday 9th April 2024 when Craig Reed will give a talk about “The Birds of North Worcestershire”. Craig is the Worcestershire County Recorder for the West Midlands Bird Club and has many years experience monitoring and recording the county’s birdlife. The meeting is being held […]

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Tuesday 12th March 2024 – Wild About Worcester Way with Paul Snookes

Our next indoor meeting is on Tuesday 12th March 2024 when Paul Snookes (the chair of the Worcester Environmental Group) will give a talk about “The Wild About Worcester Way”, a new 12-mile-long network of footpaths that now encircle the city of Worcester and join up a number of its important green spaces. The meeting […]

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Tuesday 13th February 2024 – The Geopark Way with Georgia Jacobs

The Hartlebury Common Local Group’s next indoor meeting is on Tuesday 13th February 2024 when Georgia Jacobs will talk about “The Geopark Way: a 190 mile walking trail of Rocks, Landscape and Heritage, from Bridgnorth to Gloucester”. The meeting is being held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, Sion Gardens, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8BH. The talk starts […]

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Tuesday 12th December 2023 – AGM followed by My Hartlebury Common

The group’s AGM will start at 7:15 pm and is open to members only. This will be followed at 7:45 pm by “My Hartlebury Common”.  Where members of the group will tell/show us what is important to them about Hartlebury Common.  All are welcome to this part of the evening. Light refreshments will be available […]

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Tuesday 14th November 2023 – Hartlebury and The Civil War with Tim Cornah

The Hartlebury Common Local Group’s next indoor meeting is on Tuesday 14th November 2023 when Worcestershire archeologist Tim Cornah will give a talk on “Hartlebury and the Civil War”. The meeting is being held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, Sion Gardens, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8BH. The talk starts at 7:45 pm and admission is £3.00 (cash […]

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Tuesday 12th September 2023 – Flower Power with Rosemary Winnall

Tuesday 12th Spetember 2023 is the date of the next indoor meeting of the Hartlebury Common Local Group when well known local naturalist Rosemary Winnall returns to give an illustrated talk entitled Flower Power. The meeting is being held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, Sion Gardens, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8BH. The talk starts at 7:45 pm […]

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Saturday 13th May 2023: Dawn Chorus Walk led by Craig Reed

This Saturday the Hartlebury Common Local Group is undertaking a Dawn Chorus Walk on Hartlebury Common led by Craig Reed. Craig is the current Worcestershire County Bird Recorder and has a great knowledge of all things ornithilogical. The walk starts at 5:30am from the Wilden Top car park. This is a free event and all […]

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Monday 8th May 2023 – Reptiles & Amphibians with Phillip Playford

Monday 8th May 2023 is the date of the next indoor meeting of the Hartlebury Common Local Group when local ecologist Phillip Playford returns to give an illustrated talk on Reptiles & Amphibians. The meeting is being held at Stourport Sports’ Club, Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ. The talk starts at 7:45 pm and admission is […]

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Monday 6th February 2023 – Fantastic Fungi talk with Kate Aubrey

Monday 6th February 2023 is the date of our 1st indoor meeting of the year where Kate Aubrey of the Kemerton Conservation Trust will be giving the group a talk on Fascinating Fungi: The Hidden Kingdom Beneath Our Feet The meeting is being held at Stourport Sports’ Club, Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ. The talk starts […]

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Monday 5th December 2022 – AGM followed by Wildlife Question Time

Monday 5th December at 7:45pm sees our final indoor meeting of the 2022 and is a Wildlife Question Time.   The panel will attempt to answer all manor of wildlife related questions that the audience may have. The meeting is being held at Stourport Sports’ Club, Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ.  The talk starts at 8 pm […]

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19th September Indoor Meeting Cancelled

INDOOR MEETING CANCELLED: 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. The group’s next meeting is on Monday 3rd October, 7.45 p.m. at Stourport Sports […]

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Monday 9th May 2022 – Swifts with Carol Wood

Monday 9th May 2022 is the next indoor meeting of the Hartlebury Common Local Group with a talk by Carol Wood on Swifts.   The meeting is being held at Stourport Sports’ Club, Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ. The talk starts at 7:45 pm and admission is £3.00 (cash only).  All are welcome.

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Monday 6th December 2021 – Wildlife Question Time

Monday 6th December sees our final indoor meeting of the 2021 and is a 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 […]

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Monday 4th October : The History of Camp Bewdley by Geoff Shaw

Monday 4th October 2021 sees the next indoor meeting of the group with a talk by Geoff Shaw on The History of Bewdley Camp.   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. […]

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Monday 6th September 2021: The Orchids of Worcestershire by Sean Cole

Monday 6th September 2021 sees the return of our indoor meetings with a talk by national orchid expert Sean Cole.  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 […]

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Discovering Reptiles – An Online Talk by Ben Harris

Monday 24th May 2021 at 8PM sees the fourth in the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s series of Zoom talks: Discovering Reptiles by Ben Harris Ben works for the charity Froglife as the Project Officer for Discovering Reptiles. He recently liaised with Worcestershire County Council to visit a number of sites within the county (including Hartlebury […]

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An Introduction to British Bats – An Online Talk by Matthew Terry

Monday 12th April 2021 at 8PM sees the third of the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s series of Zoom talks:    An Introduction to British Bats by Matthew Terry.   Matthew is a member and former Chair of Worcestershire Bat Group and has a wealth of knowledge about these fascinating flying mammals.   Admission to the talk […]

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The Butterflies & Moths of Bolivia – An Online Talk by Mike Southall

Monday 1st March 2021 at 8PM sees the second of the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s Zoom talks:   The Butterflies & Moths of Bolivia by Mike Southall. Hartlebury Common Local Group member Mike Southall is also the current chairmen of West Midlands Butterfly Conservation and for this talk he will show us some of the fabulous […]

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A Garden For Wildlife – An online talk by Rosemary Winnall

Monday 1st February 2021 at 8PM sees the first of the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s talks. A Garden For Wildlife by Rosemary Winnall. Due to the current pandemic situation the group’s indoor meetings are being replaced with a series of online Zoom talks with this being the first. Rosemary is a well known (and very […]

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Conservation Work Parties on Hartlebury Common

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Work parties will resumed in the new year on the first Sunday (not January) and second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The next one is on Thursday 14th January. If you would like to join us, please email Mike lomax info@hartleburycommon.org.uk for details of time place etc. The dates of the Work […]

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Hartlebury Parish Magazine

For the past year one of our committee members, Michael Howard, has been writing articles for the Harlebury Parish Magazine. These are excellent and deserve to be read by a wider audience. They can be read by clicking on the links below. 1, 2019 dec from parish mag 2. 2020 mar from parish mag 3. […]

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AGM Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the continued Covid safety measures, we have canceled our AGM and meeting, Tony Simpson “The Moths of Worcestershire” on the 7th December. We hope to hold the AGM and meeting at the earliest opportunity, hopefully in the spring or early summer.

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September Indoor Meeting Cancelled

I am sorry to inform you all that the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s indoor meeting on Monday 7th September 2020 has been cancelled.  This was to be a talk by Phillip Playford on the Reptiles of Shropshire and Staffordshire.  With the current situation regarding Coronavirus and current Social Distancing measures we feel that it is right […]

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July Outdoor Event Cancelled

In the light of the current situation the group’s July outdoor meeting, an expert led guided walk with Kevin McGee looking at the Bees and wasps of Hartlebury Common, on 25th July has now been cancelled.  This was to be followed by our annual bring and share picnic. Kevin is more than happy to re-arrange […]

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The latest news from Hartlebury Common Local Group

A butterfly expedition to Bolivia by some of our group members last autumn sounded exciting and exotic. I was quite eager to learn of its success – especially as, after they had arrived, the television news showed widespread political protests in Bolivia’s major cities. The country’s President Morales needed to seek refuge in Mexico! This […]

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April, May & June Indoor Meetings and Outdoor Events Cancelled

I am sorry to inform you all that the Hartlebury Common Local Group is cancelling all it’s indoor meetings and outdoor events during the months of April, May and June 2020.   With the growing concerns regarding Coronavirus and the government’s latest guidance on Social Distancing we feel that it is right to suspend our […]

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Indoor Meeting Cancelled

We are sorry to inform you all that the Hartlebury Common Local Group is cancelling it’s next indoor meeting at Stourport Sports Club on Monday 6th April 2020. With the growing concerns regarding Coronavirus and the government’s latest guidance suggesting that all social gatherings in enclosed spaces (eg. pubs, restaurants, clubs etc) be avoided we […]

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Sunday Work Party

If you are free this Sunday (1st March 2020) why not come to Hartlebury Common Local Group’s second Sunday conservation work party this year.   You will be helping keep Hartlebury Common the beautiful and important lowland heath we all love. Meet 10.00am at Wilden Top car park.    All tools provided, and tea/coffee and […]

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Monday 9th March: Indoor Meeting

The next indoor meeting of the group is on Monday 9th March when Andy Harris and Charlie Bird of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will give us a talk about the Dropping Well Farm Heathland Restoration Project. This ambitious project by the Trust on their recently purchased farmland between Burlish Top and Devils’ Spittleful/Rifle Range aims […]

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Monday 10th February: Indoor Meeting

Monday 10th February sees the beginning of the Hartlebury Common Local Group’s 2020 programme of talks. Joining us for this event is Charlie Bell of the FSC Biolinks Project who will be giving us a glimpse into the world of the often overlooked but ecologically important creatures Earthworms. Our indoor meetings are held at Stourport […]

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Monday 27th January 2020: Lower Heath Litter Pick

There will be a litter pick on the Lower Heath area of Hartlebury Common on Monday 27th January at 10.30am.  Meet in Sandy Lane, parking at Brian Norton Autos. We will be continuing with clearing the fly tipped areas of Lower Heath alongside the Pickup Artists and Worcestershire County Council.   All are welcome so […]

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January Work Parties

The dates of the WCC led conservation voluntary work parties at Hartlebury Common for January 2020 are:   Thursday 16th January, Saturday 18th January and Thursday 30th January. Start time is 9.30, usually meet at Wilden Top car park, unless otherwise stated.  Hot and cold drinks are provided. If you would like to volunteer and […]

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Upcoming Work Parties

The remaining conservation voluntary work parties at Hartlebury Common for 2019 are on Thursday 5th December, Thursday 19th December and Saturday 21st December.  Start time is 9.30, usually at Wilden Top car park, unless otherwise stated.  Hot and cold drinks, and biscuits, are provided. If you would like to volunteer and need more information (date, […]

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Monday 9th December: AGM & Indoor Meeting

The next indoor meeting of the Hartlebury Common Local Group is on Monday 9th December (at 8 PM) when Roger Umpelby will be giving a talk on “Bredon Hill through the year, a nature lover’s view”. All are welcome to attend this talk.   Prior to the Indoor Meeting there will be the group’s AGM […]

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Litter Pick on Lower Heath

There will be a litter pick on Lower Heath on Monday 25th November at 10.30am. Meet in Sandy Lane, parking at Brian Norton Autos. We will be continuing with clearing the fly tipped areas of Lower Heath with the Pickup Artists and Worcestershire County Council. Please come along and help.

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Work Party Location Change – Thursday 7th November 2019

Owing to the amount of rain over the last few weeks Rush Pool is too wet to work in/around safely at the moment.   For Thursday 7th November could volunteers please meet at the Kyle Milne Way entrance to the Common for a job in that area. Locations for tasks beyond this date are not […]

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Monday 11th November 2019: The Butterflies of Hartlebury Common

The next indoor meeting of the Hartlebury Common Local Group is on Monday 11th November when Mike Lomax will give a talk on the Butterflies of Hartlebury Common. Mike is one of two individuals that undertake the butterfly transect on the Common and has built up a wealth of information about the site’s butterflies over […]

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Hartlebury Common 2019 Bioblitz: Species List

The FSC Biolinks project have now released the species lists for the June 2019 Bioblitz and associated Moth Night.   In total 370 different species were recorded with 142 of which being moths.  Bugs, beetles and bees/wasps were also well recorded. The full list of species recorded during this event is now available in the […]

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Upcoming Conservation Voluntary Work

The dates for the Worcestershire County Council led Conservation Voluntary Work Parties on Hartlebury Common for the remainder of 2019 are as follows: Thursday 10th October, Saturday 19th October, Thursday 24th October, Thursday 7th November, Saturday 16th November, Thursday 21st November, Thursday 5th December, Thursday 19th December, Saturday 21st December. Hot and Cold drinks and […]

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Monday 14th October 2019: Indoor Meeting

Sadly, Peta Sams has had to withdraw from giving the group a talk about Swifts on Monday 14th October.  No need to worry though as she is rescheduling for the Spring 2020 programme of talks. This will also tie in very nicely with the Swifts return to the UK to breed. In the meantime Jason […]

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Monday 30th September 2019: Litter Pick

On Monday 30th September between 11:00 am  to 1:00 pm the Hartlebury Common Local Group will be litter picking on Lower Heath in support of an event organised by The Pickup Artist and WCC.   Those interested are asked to meet in Sandy Lane just before 11 am.

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Monday 9th September 2019: Owls with John Robinson

Monday 9th September sees the return of our 2019 indoor meetings with a really interesting season of talks.  First talk on the calendar is on Owls with John Robinson. Some of you may know John as he was formerly the Nature Reserve Warden for the Wyre Forest and he is a wildlife photographer with over […]

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Conservation Work Party Sunday 4th August CANCELLED

Unfortunately the conservation work party on Sunday’ 4th August has been cancelled. Thursday and Saturday work parties will continue as advertised. See the Work Party page on our website for more information https://www.hartleburycommon.org.uk/about-us/work-parties/. or email info@hartleburycommon.org.uk.

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Litter Pick 2nd September

On Monday 2nd September 11.00 to 1.00 Hartlebury Common Local Group will be litter picking on Lower Heath in support of an event organised by The Pickup Artist and WCC.  Meet in Sandy Lane.

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BioBlitz 2019 Gallery

A gallery of photos from the 2019 Hartlebury Common BioBlitz and Moth Night (28th & 29th June) is now online.  Click on the Read More button and then you can access the following link: BioBlitz Gallery 2019    

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Next work parties

The next conservation work parties are on Thursday 18th July and Saturday 20th July. Meet at 9.30 at Wilden Top car park. For more information contact David Shepard on 01905 766155. Tea and biscuits provided.

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Read about our successful Hartlebury Common BioBlitz

Last weekend’s BioBlitz on Hartlebury Common was a great success.  Organised by the FSCBiolinks project with assistance from the Hartlebury Common Local Group the event saw a Moth trapping event on the Friday evening followed by a program of guided activities and walks on the Saturday.  The weather was good and many species were recorded […]

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A New Leaflet on Hartlebury Common

The Hartlebury Common Local Group recently published a brand new leaflet about Hartlebury Common and its flora and fauna.  A printed version of this leaflet is available from HCLG events and an electronic version is available to download from the following link: Hartlebury Common Wildlife Leaflet

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Hartlebury Common BioBlitz

A public BioBlitz on this fantastic site, it’s free to attend and everyone is welcome! Join us on the 29th of June as we attempt to find and record as many different species of plants and animals as we can! Whether you’re a keen wildlife recorder or a complete beginner with a general interest in […]

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Pond Dipping and Bug Hunt

This Sunday (9th June) the Hartlebury Common Local Group is holding a pond dipping and bug hunt event at Hillditch Pool. The event is being led by Mike Averill who is the Worcestershire County Recorder for Dragonflies and weather permitting it should be a great opportunity to see some fascinating species of dragonfly, damselfly and […]

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Green Hairstreak Hunt

On Sunday 19th May Mike Lomax and Jason Kernohan will lead a walk on Hartlebury Common to look for Green Hairstreak and some of the other rare butterflies and moths that can be found on the common. Meet at Wilden Top car park at 1.45 for a 2.00 pm start.

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