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Apley Castle Park -
It's a special case

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We are looking for local people interested in joining our important work in preserving Apley Castle Park. The more members we have join the association the more we can ensure that we meet our goals for the local people and beyond.

If you have experience in any of the following fields, your help would be very much appreciated:

Apley Wood - Apley Castle Park volunteers needed to help rescue our woods. Co-ordinated activities with tools and safety equipment are provided and expert supervision and guidance on hand. We work with Shropshire Wildlife Trust & council tree specialists to ensure everything we do is appropriate, safe an legal and meets the highest standards and follows established best practice.

Footwork! -if you can assist with local information flyernder of the wood needs a great deal of care and
has been in decline since the advent of building on the surrounding parkland.
The Tree Officer is sympathetic to the idea of creating an Arboretum and is
quite willing to provide further details if asked.

ANGLING - It was estimated that for some three years the volume of water
contained in the pool was reduced by some 50% and this took its toll on the
fish. Half the amount of water could support only half the number of fish and
sadly many thousands were lost.

BIO DIVERSITY PLANS - Shropshire is valued for its beautiful countryside and
wealth of wildlife by both residents and visitors. This precious 'biodiversity' is
in great need of careful protection and constant management. Even once
common species such as song thrushes and cowslips have declined dramatically
in numbers over recent years.

HABITAT ACTION PLANS - As a habitat Apley Castle Park falls – like Attingham
Park - into the “Veteran Trees and Parkland” Habitat Action Plan definition. They
have great historical and cultural value and are particularly valuable ecologically
when found in association with other habitats such as unimproved grassland and
wetland areas. They support a wide range of species, including invertebrates, fungi, bats and birds that depend on them for all or part of their lifecycles.

BIRDS - The attractions of this area for various recreational pursuits are obvious. But the value of the wildlife Apley contains is certainly worthy of continued protection and further study. It is to be hoped that the encroaching development will not result in the devaluation of the area’s natural assets.”Unfortunately, since 1994 there appear to have been no comprehensive surveys of Apley’s bird population.

BATS - The Shropshire Bat Group consider Apley Castle Park as a very important
site, particularly in view of the variety of bat species to be found and the presence of the rare Noctule Bat. Apley Castle Park’s bat population would also be affected by any diminution in the neighbouring grassland and hedgerows.

Apley Castle Park is a Tree and Parkland habitat which is home to many valuable species of wildlife, some of which are fighting for their long-term survival.The exact numbers and their condition are not known and an  ecological audit is urgently needed to ascertain those most at risk.

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