Barn owl - Gary Cox
Staffordshire has a variety of special interest groups for different species and families.
Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group
Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group was formed in 1986 by a small group of people who were initially involved in providing evidence of badger persecution. Since then the group has grown in size and now covers all aspects of badger conservation.
Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group can also help if you find a sick or injured badger - for contact details visit the website.
Staffordshire Barn Owl Action Group
The Staffordshire Barn Owl Action Group (BOAG) was set up in 2001 after it was estimated that there were only 30 breeding pairs left in Staffordshire. In an effort to help increase the population, since then BOAG has installed over 280 barn owl nest boxes in areas where the habitat is suitable. These boxes are monitored on an annual basis to establish which are being used. Where chicks are found and with permission from the landowner, they are ringed. This provides BOAG with further information to help with conservation work and build up a picture of barn owl movement after fledging.
To help them keep track of the population, BOAG are keen to hear about any barn owl sightings or discoveries of dead barn owls, especially if they are ringed. Anyone with suitable habitat who is interested in having a barn owl box should also get in touch.
The group is affiliated to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. For more details, contact Helen Cottam on Thursdays on 01889 880100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on barn owls can also be found on BOAG's website.
Staffordshire Bat Group
Affiliated to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Bat Group was formed in 1990, to increase knowledge, understanding and acceptance of bats through promotional activities and research. The group has a varied membership with a core of dedicated volunteers who undertake work for the group in their spare time.
Activities include talks, walks, surveys, promotional work, bat care and rehabilitation and training courses. For more information on the group, visit the website. If you find a sick or injured bat, call the Bat Conservation Trust on 0845 1300 228.
Staffordshire Fungus Group
Affiliated to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Fungus Group was formed in 1994 to cater for the increasing number of people sharing a fascination for the fungi of Staffordshire.
The groups runs a number of fungus forays and other events for members and the public throughout the year, and adds records of finds to local and national databases.
The Group exists to: record species of fungi and their distribution in Staffordshire; foster an awareness of the need to conserve fungi and their habitats; work with other organisations to further the study of fungi; liaise with the British Mycological Society in their nationwide recording schemes, conservation and survey projects.
Membership costs £5 per household per year and is open to anyone with an interest in fungi, from beginners onwards. Members can attend all forays and events organised by the group. For more information, see the group's website.
Staffordshire Invertebrate Group
Staffordshire Invertebrate Group (SIG) is a group of invertebrate enthusiasts with a breadth and depth of knowledge covering many invertebrate groups from bees to molluscs and from novice to expert. The group is affiliated to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
Meetings are informal and a chance for like-minded people to get together. Anybody is free to join in, there is no membership fee, all you need to bring is your interest and enthusiasm. For more details, visit the SIG website.
Staffordshire Mammal Group
Staffordshire Mammal Group are a friendly group of enthusiasts whose aims are to increase mammal awareness; record mammal distribution; provide training and give advice.
They organise a variety of activities, such as walks and surveys. For more information on upcoming events and identifying different mammals by their field signs, visit the website or join their Facebook group.
Staffordshire Moth Group
Affiliated to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Moth Group was set up to try to coordinate and increase an interest in moths in the county. People can sign up to join the group's electronic newsgroup, to find out about upcoming events or ask for help in identifying a moth.
For more information, including tips on getting started in mothing, visit the website.
West Midland Bird Club
West Midland Bird Club's mission is to bring together those with a common interest in wild birds and to encourage the study of these birds and the conservation of their habitats. The Club was formed in 1929 as the Birmingham Bird Club. Membership was then a mere handful, but today there are almost 2,000 members, who monitor the bird life of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Metropolitan West Midlands.
There is a regular programme of field and indoor meetings. For more information on these, and on joining the club, visit the website.