Worcester & Malvern RSPB Local Group Conservation Projects

Our RSPB group runs several conservation projects that are open to all members, join us and get involved!

Corn Bunting Feeding
– in partnership with the Vale Landscape Heritage Trust – We feed the largest flock of corn buntings in Worcestershire over the winter and spring; numbers have increased from 25 three years ago to 55 in 2022. Our members feed the birds with grain supplied by the group. We also have “stake-out days” to observe all of the species using the food and evaluate when and in what numbers they visit the site. We have developed the site by planting scrub for shelter.

Sand Martin ‘hotel’

Canal & Rivers Trust
We are involved in the management of the three main lock islands on the River Severn. We have installed a Sand Martin bank, and have been ringing the broods in the artificial nest burrows. We install nest boxes on the islands, including owl boxes and survey the birds living on the islands.

Development of an 18 ha nature reserve in partnership with Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC)
The RSPB group in partnership with the MHDC is developing a nature reserve with wild flower meadows and wader marshes. This exciting project involves surveying the land so that future changes are based on strong baseline data. We are also building and erecting owl and kestrel boxes.

University of Worcester
We have converted three hectares of unused playing fields into a wild area with badgers, foxes, stonechats and skylarks and a smaller area of bird seed crop that was home to a flock of 150 linnets last winter. This project was featured on the Midlands Today TV news and has been featured in the RSPB magazine. We are extending the project with the installation of a Kestrel box, and Swift boxes on another university building.

Heart of England Forest
The charity has purchased 150 acres of farmland to the east of the county and our group is helping them to survey the land for birds and will be working with them to develop the land for nature. This is a new project.

Wildgoose Rural Training
A charity with a 37 acre private nature reserve. Our group surveys birds and carries out conservation work on this lovely nature reserve.

Worcester City Council
Our group does bird surveys and is involved in the management of four small city nature reserves run by the Council. We have installed over 100 nest boxes on these reserves.

Barn Owls
We have just linked up with farmers and landowners to install 12 barn owl nest boxes across the county. When these are occupied by nesting birds there may be an opportunity for highly controlled ringing of nestlings, which small numbers of members will be able to attend, and we will plan responsible barn owl watching events.

Swifts
We make swift boxes and organise installation in neighbourhoods in Malvern.

A swift box ready for installation