A nature reserve, a brook into a river and bird variety
WITH THE HELP of a grant from the Worldwide Fund Nature, Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) was able to acquire this fascinating site as a nature reserve. It has an interesting history as squatting settlements and product of Parliamentary Enclosure but is now on a slope draining the north side of Catherton Common down to the brook called Cramer Gutter, that effectively drains the hill into the River Rea that flows down to join the River Teme in Worcestershire. It is on the north-east slopes of the Titterstone Clee hill, one of the highest hills in Shropshire with the Giants Chair part of the history. Botanically, there are more than 100 flowering plants and there is heather and bell heather with various bog plants in the wetter areas, and several different sedge species. But let’s get back to the birds. One of the birds that favour this reserve is the Curlew, with its long bill curved downwards and its mellow whistle call making it unmistakeable. However, recent studies have shown a decline in the number breeding in Shropshire and it suggests a decline of about 80% across the whole county. The Sky Lark is common here, and you will most likely see Red Kite or Raven.