Some rare spots

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Wrekin Forest volunteers recently visited Whitcliffe on the lookout for unusual insects and they were well rewarded with David Williams getting this picture of a scarlet tiger moth while Jim Almond photographed a white plume moth and a white letter hairstreak.

scarlet tiger, Callimorpha dominula, Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow
White-letter hairsttreak

Tree had to go


Some of you may be wondering why this tree beside the path from The Bowling Green to Ludford was felled this week.
A limb over the path had been damaged and, on inspection was found to be diseased and likely to fall on the path. So, armed with necessary permissions Matt from Shropshire Wildlife Trust felled it. Some of the wood has gone to Tom Crowther and will eventually be turned into beautiful wood ornaments and sold to raise money for the Friends of Whitcliffe.

Triple otter treat

My thanks to Dennis Pitt for his lovely picture of an otter with her two cubs slippng quietly over the Mill Street weir to play on the island below. Dennis says they are now a regular sight at Mill Street weir..

New route for walkers

After a series of incidents involving four wheel drive vehicles entering the old wood and causing problems we blocked off the southern part of the woods with tree trunks.
However the move proved unpopular with walkers who accessed the wood that way. We have now cut a way through the tree trunks so that walkers can once again access the wood from that direction.

Path reinstated

Rare teasel appears on Breadwalk

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Rare teasel spotted on the Breadwalk

Small Teasel (Dipsacus pilosus) is not a common species in Shropshire but it has appeared on The BreadWalk. It differs from the more frequently seen Teasel (D. fullonum) by its having smaller and spherical flowering heads compared to the conical heads of Teasel. The latter is often found around Ludlow on waste ground and churchyards etc. whereas, Small Teasel has been spotted in Ludlow Castle last year. Now we have it growing nicely along the Breadwalk. It is biennial and likes damp shady conditions, si its present site on Whitcliffe is ideal and the plants can be admired by passing walkers.

Senseless vandalism of theft?

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Senseless vandalism or just plain theft? Whichever it is, it has been condemned by the voluntary group which cares for the Ludlow beauty spot of Whitcliffe Common.
Both have happened at the common in the past couple of weeks, actions which have angered the Friends of Whitcliffe Common.
Vandalism or theft have seen four slabs ripped up and taken from the popular picnic table area at Dinham. “It has happened in two separate incidents,” said chairman Daphne Jones. “It has seen two slabs taken each time so it is either someone intent on vandalism or on stealing slabs for themselves.
“Whichever it is we are very angry. We are only a very small charity which cares for the common. Like everyone else in this Coronavirus crisis our fund raising has come to a complete halt. And we rely on that fund raising to help us keep the common in top condition and safe for the public to use.
“It is very sad at any time but particularly now when the common has become an even more popular place for people to go for fresh air and exercise.”
Mrs Jones added that further vandalism had been done to “No Cycling” signs and posts on which they had been erected. “Cycling is not allowed on the common as it is dangerous to people who enjoy walking there.
“We can only appeal to members of the public who walk on Whitcliffe to be vigilant and report any unsocial behaviour to me.”
Her telephone number is 01584 874773.

Breadwalk reopens

5B17D42E-2335-46D1-8C65-DD85B91786FE 8FBBA1FD-DB39-483F-B3E2-ED847C21F28C AB7507E3-A6B8-41FE-A79A-5BF8ECC30994 B561C98A-4989-4D06-988D-B07E3DE248F1 10DFA9C0-A594-4799-BF51-2484CC6DF179 7AA05127-2230-45B0-8CFA-D5F116F15610The BreadWalk reopened today, five days after a 70 foot sycamore, it’s roots loosened by heavy rain, crashed down from the cliff above.
the work was carried out by tree surgeon Alan Jones and his crew who have removed most of the wood. The root ball, which is now stable, will remain on the cliff face for the time being.