In the Spotlight: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Interview with Luke Neal – Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Name: Luke!


    Occupation:  River Projects officer – Delivering Slow the Flow, natural flood management, in the Corve Dale


    In three words describe Shropshire Wildlife Trust: 

    protecting local wildlife

    How did Shropshire Wildlife Trust start? What is the Shropshire Wildlife Trust story?

    Founded in 1962 by local naturalists in order to take action around loss of habitats and biodiversity observed through extensive plant surveys of the county.

    Now we are the county's leading environmental charity, supported by 11,000 members. Shropshire Wildlife Trust protects wildlife where you live

    What are the aims of Shropshire Wildlife Trust?

    Our mission

    To protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Shropshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.

    Our vision for Shropshire in fifty years is to see a county rich in wildlife, deeply

    valued by all who live here; wildlife valued not only for itself but for the contribution it makes to society and the economy.

    We see a natural environment that is safeguarded yet dynamic, a resilient place where we can all enjoy a sustainable future, recognising that the economy depends on the environment.

    This vision is underpinned by three objectives:

    • restore Shropshire’s species and habitats to levels that are safe and sustainable;

    • ensure that Shropshire’s natural environment is sufficiently resilient to pollinate crops and provide clean, manageable water in the face of climate change;

    • reconnect the people of Shropshire with their natural environment, for them to value and enjoy.



    What events do you have coming up in 2018?

    All our events can be found here:

    Locally as part of our annual ‘Love your Magnificent Severn’ campaign we are carrying out litter picking, highlighting the role rivers have to play in marine plastic pollution – June 12th, Shrewsbury;

    June 13th, Ironbridge;

    June 14th, Bridgnorth

    Please get in touch if you want to be involved.


    What is the Shropshire Wildlife Trust greatest achievement?


    In the last year:

    Discovered Pine Martens living in Shropshire – the first in England for over 100yrs!

    Slow the Flow, a 3 year £2m initiative run jointly with Shropshire Council and the Environment Agency. Natural flood management project across Shropshire and Telford. Currently working with 100 farmers in the Corve Dale with hundreds of watercourse structures in place and kilometres of hedging in the pipeline enhancing habitat and protecting downstream communities form flooding.


    Meres and Mosses - Declared a Nature Improvement Area in 2012, the Meres and Mosses of north Shropshire have seen almost five years of intense activity. Around 25,000 people, including families, community groups, land owners and school children, were involved with the Meres and Mosses through events and training. Habitat improvements have been made on over 50 sites.


    Lightmoor - Having helped protect Lightmoor as a wildlife haven over the past 30 years, while the new town developed, the Wildlife Trust has now secured a 25 year contract from Telford and Wrekin Council to enhance this piece of green space wilderness. Working with the new communities springing up all around will be the key to success.


    New nature reserves - Two new reserves have been acquired through the generosity of individual donors and supporters. Farfields in south Shropshire is an increasingly rare example of a flower rich hay meadow. The second, an extension to Prees Heath Common, is a stepping stone between the nature reserve owned by Butterfly Conservation and nearby Brown Moss.


    Useful links to find out more about what great work Shropshire Wildlife Trust are doing:

    Learn more about our rivers work here:

    Shropshire Wildlife Trust:

    Love Your Magnificent Severn:

    Love your Magnificent Severn – Bridgnorth:

    Bridgnorth Branch, Wildlife trust -

    Shropshire Wildlife Trust FB -