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Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury
(4.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
The Shropshire Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust covering the geographic county of Shropshire, England.Nature reservesThe trust cares for, or is associated with, 42 nature reserves (plus its headquarters in Shrewsbury – see next section) in the county:Many of these sites are owned by the Trust – the most recent acquisition by the Trust is Catherton Common, in the Clee Hills, which at 527 acres is the largest Wildlife Trust nature reserve in the West Midlands region. The Trust is currently fund-raising to purchase the leasehold of Pontesford Hill – it already owns the freehold, along with neighbouring Earl's Hill. In 2012 the Trust was seeking to purchase the gardens of Charles Darwin's family home at The Mount in Shrewsbury, so that they may be opened to the public.HeadquartersThe Trust has its main offices and visitor centre at 193 Abbey Foregate near the centre of Shrewsbury – they occupy the former "Shrewsbury Quest" museum, on the corner of Abbey Foregate and Old Potts Way, opposite The Abbey church. The site encompasses a restored medieval building known as the Old Infirmary and a 1730s building called Queen Anne House, as well as gardens, including a herb garden established when the site was the Shrewsbury Quest, and a fruit tree garden. The centre and its gardens is open to the public (usually Monday – Saturday) and has a shop as well as conference rooms available for hire. Many Trust-run events take place here, including children's events during the summer holidays. Every year the centre receives approximately 25,000 visitors.
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TripAdvisor
  • The nature garden was full of wonders with such delights as types of plants and butterfly breeds. I like the animal gift shop as well. 
  • Little oasis of calm amidst the traffic opposite ancient cathedral . Lots of shrubs and bushes to attract wildlife. Only a small space but nice to sit in the sun and watch birds at feeders and have dr...  more »
  • What a surprise in the middle of Shrewsbury. Easily accessed from the road and a pay and display car park next door. I attended a conference in the recently converted loft. Well appointed, even a lift...  more »
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  • Great customer service by the staff. Lovely public walled garden for picnics/exploring etc. Dog friendly visitor centre with a well stocked tidy shop and self service cafe. Lots of speciality wildlife products, bird food and lovely gifts available to buy. Staff are friendly and informative and can offer lots of advice and information on wildlife and history of the area. Several lovely conference rooms available to hire which are in a beautiful setting. The Wild Child corner is also a great place to take children to play. Worth a visit!
  • Fantastic facilities for meetings, right next to a car park and central to town. Also a very lovely garden to lunch in and a shop and cafe. Something of a hidden gem.
  • It's got no wildlife or owt!
  • This place is brilliant! They have a wildlife garden open to the public in the heart of Shrewsbury, loads of public events and they do not restrict access to any of their nature reserves. Monkmoor is owned by Severn Trent Water as a private site. Shropshire Wildlife Trust have a key to the birdhide which they'll make available to anyone interested. All you have to do is phone the Trust and ask. Join SWT today and help protect Shropshire's wildlife.
  • A great organisation doing loads of good work for Shropshire’s wildlife. In fact too much good stuff to cover in a review! Visit them at the Abbey Foregate HQ (with its shop and garden), visit their website or just keep an eye on the local press to get a flavour all the stuff that is going on. They’re also a friendly bunch so what ever the wildlife issue they will try to help, and if they can’t they will probably know someone who can!