The Suckley Hills area lies in the northernmost part of Malvern Hills AONB, where it straddles the boundary between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Here, the geological diversity and long history of settlement and small-scale farming has given rise to an intricate mosaic of habitats with traditional orchards, grazed pastures and wooded valleys interwoven with small fields enclosed by rambling hedgerows and flower-rich meadows bounded by streams.
This part of the AONB had been under recorded, with little information held by WBRC on the location of rare species within the landscape, and how their populations were faring. In order to increase our knowledge of the presence and distribution of key indicator species here the project:
If you would like more information about what took place and what we found, you can download the project report here. Even though the project has now been completed we would still very much like to receive any wildlife records you obtain within the area (and the rest of Worcestershire!) in an effort to keep our database updated. If you do have any records please feel free to email them to email@example.com. For more information on submitting records to us please visit our Sending records in page.
Worcestershire Recorders, Worcestershire Mammal Group and WBRC will work together to encourage increased recording of all wild mammal species in Worcestershire. All species are important to us - no matter how common they are (or are perceived to be). There were 433 monads (20%) with no mammal records at all in the previous survey period so we would really like to get this blank space populated with a more accurate picture of species distributions.
Records can be submitted to WBRC directly in a method that suits you, please see our Sending records in page for more information and downloadable forms. You may also be interested in using Worcestershire Mammal Group's online submission page which links directly to WBRC.
We will be keeping our Facebook page updated with latest news and what to look out for across the mammal year so keep your eyes peeled and please send in your records. If you have any queries or would like help to ID mammal tracks and signs you find, then dont hesitate to get in touch with us. We look forward to publishing updated maps to show progress.
Further information is available in the project report Conserving Worcestershire's Flagship Orchards and Stories of Worcestershire Orchards case study booklet. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any more information.
This register is now held at WBRC and although the Heritage Lottery Funding has ended Worcestershire Recorders and WBRC would very much like you to carry on recording!
If you would like to find out more please see our Worcestershire Ancient Tree Project pages.