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The Marine and CoastalAccess Act – time to celebrate!Rocky coastline at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes. Photo by A CormackCornwall and The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trusts are celebrating the long awaited Marine and CoastalAccess Act, which finally gained Royal Assent in November 2009.This is a truly momentous event in the history of ourseas and a fabulous step towards achieving ‘Living Seas’,our vision in which wildlife thrives from the depths ofthe ocean to the coastal shallows. Our seas and sea lifehave a remarkable capacity to recover, but only if giventhe chance. If effectively implemented, the Act providesa unique opportunity to conserve marine habitats andspecies around the English coast and to start to managethe marine ecosystem as a whole.So, what’s going to change?• The new Marine Management Organisation has beenset up nationally to oversee all marine matters.• There will be a strategic, comprehensive planningsystem for all marine activities.• Businesses and marine industries will benefit from amore streamlined consenting and licensing system.• Inshore fisheries will no longer be managedby Sea Fisheries Committees but by new modernisedorganisations called Inshore Fisheries andConservation Authorities (IFCAs). These willhave a broader environmental remit as wellas stronger legislation to enable better enforcement.• A network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) willbe created that will protect marine species and habitats.A corkwring wrasse making his nest. Photo by Robert BaileyPage 4 Issue 111 Spring 2010


An enthusiastic group gets together to explore the shore. Photo by Abby CrosbyYour shoreResidents of Cornwall will have an opportunity to explore and protect their local marineenvironment with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s new Your Shore Project, thanks to a grant of £103,000from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and future funding from South West Water and GE.Have you ever looked out to sea and wondered whatlies beneath the silvery waves that play on its surface?Perhaps you have been rockpooling with a youngerfamily member and found it frustrating not to knowwhat type of seaweed you were clambering over or whatspecies of crab was glaring at you from under its rock!In previous years, residents of Looe have been able tojoin Cornwall Wildlife Trust to learn more about theirlocal marine environment through theDiscovering theWonders of Looe’s Marine Heritage Project’, whichsuccessfully involved thousands of South East Cornwallresidents in marine-related events, school workshops andvolunteering opportunities. The good news is that thework will now roll out across the county!The Your Shore Project – a three-year activity programme– will be centred on the Voluntary Marine ConservationAreas (VMCAs) of St Agnes and Polzeath on the northcoast, and Helford, Fowey and Looe on the south. Thefocus of this project is on Cornwall’s diverse naturalmarine heritage, which is recognised as being of bothregional and international importance. It contributes tothe county’s appeal as a tourist destination, attractingmore than 5.5 million visitors each year, but also requiresprotection for the same reason.Cornwall has some of the mostbeautiful coastlines and shallow seasin the worldThe UK’s 11,073 miles of coastline is host to an amazingarray of wildlife. Many thousands of species live in ourseas including intricate corals, whales and dolphins,basking sharks, seals, and a myriad of fascinating fish,crustaceans and molluscs. Here in Cornwall we are spoiltwith some of the most beautiful coastlines and shallowseas in the world, therefore you have even more of areason to take part in one of our events and come andhave a look!Local residents, families, businesses and volunteers ofall ages will be recruited in all five VMCAs to take partin a range of activities – involving some 150 events overPage 6 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Heathland, one of West Penwith’s valuable wildlife habitats.Photo by Sheila McCann-DownesWild Penwith updateThe summer 2009 issue of Wild Cornwall brought news of Wild Penwith, the major new ‘LivingLandscapes’ project to re-connect and restore fragmented habitats in West Penwith. This is the firstof a series of follow-up articles as the project develops.Wild Penwith VolunteersWe have recently obtained funding through theCommunity Grants Programme to set up a ‘Wild PenwithVolunteers’ group. The aim of the group is to help peopleacquire new skills by working on practical conservationtasks across Penwith. We are working with farmersinvolved in the Wild Penwith project because whilst thereis good work for wildlife happening already, there isalways more to be done! Cornwall Wildlife Trust naturereserves and local Sites of Special Scientific Interest(SSSIs) have also benefited from the group’s activities.The tasks that the Wild Penwith Volunteers group haveundertaken include scrub clearance, habitat restorationand access improvements. A couple of taster days inDecember at Baker’s Pit Nature Reserve gave potentialvolunteers the opportunity to try out their practical skillsbefore joining the group. We started in earnest in Januaryand have been heading out into the Penwith countrysideevery Tuesday since then.If you are currently unemployed and interested inundertaking some practical conservation work inPenwith, then we would love to hear from you as weare always looking for more people to join us. We canhelp with transport to task locations and will keep yougoing with tea, coffee and biscuits. If you are interested infurther training, there are opportunities to attend relevantshort courses such as ‘first aid’ and ‘identification’workshops. For more information or to get involvedin the Wild Penwith Volunteers group, please contactClaire Rodger on (01872) 273939 ext 201, mobile 07920816020 or email claire.rodger@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.Farm visitsAfter all the planning and preparation, the last fewmonths have seen the Wild Penwith project team startingto get out and about visiting farmers. As part of our farmsurveys we are providing landowners with advice andguidance on how to manage habitats on their land to bestbenefit wildlife. These surveys have been used in someinstances to help inform applications for Higher LevelStewardship (HLS), the higher tier of the governmentrunagri-environment schemes that reward farmers forsensitive management of valuable habitats, species andheritage. HLS agreements run for 10 years and are avital tool for securing long-term positive conservationmanagement.Wild Penwith is also working with the Farming WildlifeAdvisory Group (FWAG) to carry out soil nutrient testsas part of our farm visits. These tests can flag up areaswhere there is excess use or wastage of fertilizers. Thisenables farmers to alter their regime, thus reducing theirfertilizer use, which has a positive impact on surroundinghabitats and saves the farmers money. These kinds of‘win-win’ situations, where sensitive land managementbenefits conservation and farmers alike, are key to thesuccess of landscape-scale projects like Wild Penwith.Liz Cox, Wild Penwith Project Manager andClaire Rodger, Wild Penwith Project OfficerThank you for your appeal donationsWe would like to thank all those who kindly donatedto Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wetland Appeal last year.Over £16,000 was raised from your donations, which ishelping to protect important wetland sites in Penwith andother parts of Cornwall.A Wild Penwith volunteer enjoys cutting back scrub to improveaccess on a public footpath. Photo by Cornwall Wildlife TrustPage 12 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Your Local GroupAgas Bagas LeelThe Local Groups continue to organise a varied programme of events so that people of differentages and interests can watch, learn about and help wildlife. Please go along and share theirenthusiasm this spring and summer (see the diary of events on the centre pages).PenwithOur annual presence at Botallack Country Fair at thebeginning of September was, as usual, great fun andvery successful. It was good to see many membersenjoying the activities.At our rescheduled event later in September localmembers, soprano pipistrelle bats, plus 19 moth specieswere attracted to two sites in Ludgvan. Members, plus avolunteer bat expert with the National Trust, found mothspecies such as merveille du jour, four-spotted footman,angle shades and snout. In October a walk from Sennento Land’s End was well supported on a very windyafternoon. We spotted very late plants and eventuallyarrived back in Sennen for a very late cream tea! TheNew Year saw 12 of us on the annual walk from Sennento Gwenver, enlivened by some New Year visitors to thearea. Nigel Haward spoke about the evolution of thedune system and the granite geology.We hope to be more involved with the Wild Penwith projectthis year and we have an interesting programme this spring/summer with a focus on our varied plant communities.Jane Haward, VolunteerFriends of Kilminorth WoodsAutumn was a busy and exciting time for the Friends ofKilminorth Woods. Several activities were connected withfilming, benefiting from the expertise of local film-makerPeter McMurdie.First came an intriguing experiment in badger watching:a small group accompanied Peter as he filmed badgersat a sett. We watched the animals in the fading light,and then after dark on a laptop screen linked to hisinfra-red camera, when they were no longer visible tothe naked eye.Peter’s enchanting film, Cornwall, the Wild Peninsula,featured in an evening arranged with Looe Film Society,attended by 45 people despite awful weather. The Ageof Stupid, Franny Armstrong’s film about the direconsequences of human-induced climate change, mademore depressing viewing.Next we collaborated with the BBC in the making of afeature for their Inside Out programme, broadcast on30th November. This film focused upon the accessibilityof Kilminorth Woods and its wildlife, and on the waythe Woods had been shaped by coppicing. The film waspresented by the BBC’s Mike Dilger, and was a greatadvertisement for the Local Nature Reserve and its Friends.What else? Coppicing was one of the topics coveredby Paddy Saunders in his thought-provoking talk on‘Butterflies and Cornish Woods’. In November the groupwas delighted by an award to their secretary, ChristineSpooner, as Cornwall’s Environmental Volunteer of theYear (2009 Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards).Finally, Matt Lewis, Lanhydrock warden, led a Kilminorthfungi foray. The variety of fungi seemed less this year, butthere was an excellent showing of some species.Derek Spooner, VolunteerMike Dilger from the BBC, Lyn Winter and Peter McMurdie.Photo by Derek SpoonerIs it edible? Fungi foray with Matt Lewis.Photo by Lyn WinterIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 13


TamarOur winter programme of talks has continued, with goodattendance. In October we heard a most interesting talkon the important work done by the Lobster Hatcheryin Padstow, which also described some of the reintroductionand breeding programmes in other parts ofthe world.In November we were guided round the Devon andCornwall Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at MarslandMouth, with details of the work done there. This inspiredus so much that we hope to take a walk round the reservein May (see Diary of Events).The hamlet where I live is well off the gritted track, soJanuary’s cold weather has made travelling difficult. Notfor the lapwings though; we have had a large flock in ourfields, together with fieldfares and at least one redwing.I have found different birds coming to my feedersduring the snow, including blackbirds and thrushes whoscavenge underneath. I also had two robins, very close toeach other, so intent on feeding that they did not botherto fight!Gill RuddockCamelCamel branch has now received funding of £200 fromthe Wadebridge Town Forum toward the dormouseproject along the Camel Trail. We are having boxesbuilt and are keen to get them in situ soon. We arevery grateful to the Town Forum for their backing. Adormouse hunt was held alongside the trail on the GaiaTrust land at Treraven. It proved popular with membersand the general public and we all learnt a lot about thesecretive mammal.Another project that has been requested of the branchis to identify, and hopefully increase, the nesting sitesof swifts in our area. We are gathering informationand hope to hear from any members who have reliabledata. The garden of Alison Salisbury at Old Zanzig nearWadebridge will be open to the public on 6th June (seediary of events for full details) specifically to raise moneytoward this project.The ice and snow over Christmas and the New Yearattracted many birds to reserves and local gardens.Many people reported redwings and fieldfaresstruggling to find food, and lapwings and snipe turnedup in unusual places.Camel CommitteeRedwing on hawthorn. Photo by Adrian LangdonLapwing and robin on the Camel Trail in winter.Photos by Adrian LangdonCamel Trail nut hunt. Photo by Adrian LangdonPage 14 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Mid-TamarThe annual October inspection of the bat boxes atArmstrong Wood Nature Reserve is not only the jewelof our autumn programme, it also gives an excellentopportunity for the public to see bats close up, and givesbat handler trainees opportunities to practise handlingskills. We had trainee bat wardens from Plymouth,Lifton, Okehampton and Falmouth.Generally, in good deciduous woodland like this, batboxes are not really necessary, but we have a consistent,if somewhat low, occupancy rate. What surprised uswas the fast take-up by bats of the honeycomb-typepolystyrene boxes that were put up in 2006. This type ofbox has over 50% occupancy rates.Tony Atkinson has put up two more boxes, large andsmall, using a slightly different design with polyurethanefoam, in the large oak tree on the top ride. In one of thehoneycomb boxes we could see about nine noctule bats.One of the disadvantages with this type of box is thatone can’t handle the bats. However, they can be safelyinspected at any time of the year from ground level, usinga torch, without disturbing the bats.The older wooden boxes, located on a beech by the leat,had five Natterer’s bats in one and one brown long-earedbat in another.Other events included a fungus foray held after a wet,grim autumn, which produced fewer mushrooms andtoadstools than usual.David BaldockAdministration VolunteerRestormelOur September meeting with Cornwall Fungi Groupturned out a good number of members. With the helpof Pauline Penna and her friends we found several fungispecies, and one keen-eyed member found an unusualichneumon wasp Rhyssa persuasoria (a female laying hereggs), making for a very good day. In October, AdrianLangdon gave us another excellent slide show and talkon his visit to Iceland, which must have come in handyfor the snow we had in January, and to Yellowstoneand Grand Tetons National Parks in Wyoming for thebeautiful autumn colours.Female ichneumon waspRhyssa persuasoria.Photo by Dave ThomasApologies to Iain Stewart for having to move venues at thelast minute in November, but he still gave an excellent showand talk on his travels and the wildlife of Tanzania andHimalaya – very warming on a very wet winter’s night.Dave Thomas, VolunteerInk caps.Photo by Dave ThomasCornwall Wildlife Trust membershipThe more members we have, the more we can dofor wildlife. Please help us by recruiting a friend orrelative to our cause.I/we would like to support conservation work in Cornwall byjoining Cornwall Wildlife Trust.Membership rates:Ordinary £22Senior citizen / student / unemployed £13Family - parents + Fox Club £27These are the minimum membership rates, but remember the moreyou give the more work we can do to protect the wildlife of ourcounty.Membership subscription £Donation £Total £I enclose a CHEQUE/PO made payable to CORNWALLWILDLIFE TRUST or Please debit my VISA/ACCESS/MASTERCARD account.Card no.Expiry dateName(s): Mr/Mrs/MissAddressDOBEmailSignatureTelephonePostcodeDirect Debit forms are available on request from Andrea Toy, MembershipManager, on (01872) 273939 ext 206.Registered Charity No. 214929. Registered Charity Name Cornwall Trust for NatureConservation LtdI wish all donations I’ve made to Cornwall Wildlife Trust since 6th April 2000and future donations to be Gift Aided until I notify you otherwise.(To qualify for Gift Aid, what you pay in income tax or capital gains taxmust at least equal the amount that we will claim in the tax year.)Issue 111 Spring 2010 Page 15


Keen volunteer Val comes into Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s head office at Allet,near Truro, to pick up the sales goods for her next local event.Photo by Cornwall Wildlife TrustVolunteer profileVal Barnes has been a volunteer with the Trust for nearly four years. Although Val is a very busylady carrying out other volunteering duties, she is always willing to help us with our stand at variedlocal events throughout throughout the year, and hand delivers this magazine in her local area.Where did your interest in wildlife begin?I’ve always been interested in animals and the countryside,as although I was born in a town, I spent every sparemoment on farms belonging to various relatives andthoroughly enjoyed it. I have rescued birds over the yearsand taken them to the RSPCA. I also helped at the bathospital when it was located in Penzance.How did you first become involved in the Trust?I rang to ask if there was anything I could do to help,bearing in mind that I was thinking of retiring andwanted to have some activities in place. At first Idelivered the Wild Cornwall and Wild Scilly magazinein the Truro area, which then led to another magazinedelivery area of Mylor Bridge, and now I also representthe Trust at local events by manning their stand, which isreally enjoyable. At these events I get to meet lots of newpeople who have an interest in wildlife, and I get to tellthem all about the fantastic work the Trust does, whilstmaking some money for the Trust too!commit to lots of hours of your time, and it really is greatto spread the word about the Trust! By volunteering youhelp to keep Cornwall the beautiful county it is.Val Barnes was interviewed by Cornwall WildlifeTrust’s Marketing and Fundraising Administrator,Carolyn O’Hagan. If you’d like to help us at local eventscontact Carolyn on (01872) 273939 ext 204.What other hobbies and interests do you enjoywhen not volunteering for the Trust?I love all forms of needlework, listening to music, localconcerts, reading, genealogy, gardening and driving –probably easier to ask what does not interest me!Have you any advice for someone who might thinkabout volunteering for the Trust at local events?I’d reassure people that you don’t have to have any priorknowledge. When you meet people at events, and areasked anything technical, you can always get back tothem with the information they need. You don’t have toVal Barnes with some of the merchandise she sells onbehalf of the Trust. Photo by Cornwall Wildlife TrustPage 16 Issue 111 Spring 2010


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Cornwall Wildlife TrustDiary of EventsDydhlyver hwarvosowApril to August 2010Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJTel. (01872) 273939Details of events and other Trust activitiesare also available on our website:cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatsonEVERYONE is welcome to attend ALLevents. Donations from non-memberswould be appreciated. Please bringwaterproof clothing and footwear to alloutdoor events.CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIEDBY ADULTSBatsBirdsKey to symbolsEvening get-togetherFamily eventFox Club (all children welcome)Full or partial disabled accessGeneral eventGeologyIllustrated talk or film showInsectsMarine/coastalPhotographyPlantsWalkAPRIL Mys EbrylWednesday 7First Wednesday of every monthCORNWALL SEAL GROUP MONTHLYMEETINGRedruth6.30pm food (optional), 7.30pm meetingstartsMeet at Inn for All Seasons Hotel, Redruth,TR16 4AP (SW700434)Cornwall Seal Group welcomes anyoneinterested in grey seals. Information isshared about recent seal activity, sealrelatedissues and organisations involvedin working with seals. Contact: Sue Sayer(01736) 754562, sue@cornwallsealgroup.co.uk. Organised by Cornwall Seal Group.Wednesday 7ST AGNES VMCA MARINEDISCOVERY DAYSt Agnes12.00 to 4.00pmMeet at St Agnes lifeboat station,Trevaunance Cove, Quay Road, TR5 0RY(SW720514)A day to launch our new ‘Your Shore’Project in St Agnes. Rockpooling withmarine experts, creating beach sculptures,learning the secrets of seals and savingdolphins with marine life rescue experts!Under 18s must be accompanied by anadult. Bring sensible clothing & footwearfor beach activities. Leader/contact: AbigailCrosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised byCornwall Wildlife Trust.Saturday 10SPRING BIRDSSaltash10.30am for approx 2 hrsMeet at Cecil Arms Public House by St.Stephens Church, Saltash (SX417583)Looking at spring birds on ChurchtownFarm Community Nature Reserve, Saltash.Wear outdoor clothing & stout footwear.Bring binoculars, camera & scope ifyou have them. Leader: RSPB Guide.Contact: Hazel Rawlings (01752) 846407.Organised by Friends of Churchtown FarmCommunity Nature Reserve.Monday 12PHOTO GROUP MEMBERS’ EVENINGAllet7.30pmContact: David Chapman (01736) 850287or Adrian Langdon (01208) 813440.Organised by Photographic Group.Tuesday 13GREY SEALSBooking essentialGwithian Church Hall7.00 to 8.00pm with free refreshments tofollow.Meet at Gwithian Church Hall (SW586412)Illustrated talk by Sue Sayer from CornwallSeal Group on the secret and surprising livesof Cornish grey seals. £6/adult, £3/child,£15/family (2 adults & 2 children). Leader/contact: Emma Stockle (01736) 754510.Organised by Cornwall Seal Group & theNational Trust.Thursday 15LOOE VMCA MARINEDISCOVERY DAYHannafore Point, West Looe10.00am to 4.00pmMeet at Hannafore Beach, belowcoastguard hut, West Looe, PL13 2DJ(SX259524)A day to launch our new ‘Your Shore’Project in Looe. Rockpooling with marineexperts, creating beach sculptures or savingdolphins with marine life rescue experts.Bring sensible clothing and footwearfor rockpooling. Under 18s must beaccompanied by an adult. Leader/contact:Abigail Crosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.Organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust &Looe VMCA Group.Saturday 17SEASHORE SAFARIBooking essentialHelford PassageExplore the magical world at the edge ofthe Helford River as the tide falls, withcrabs, sea anemones, sea squirts and othermysterious creatures. Wear wellies or nonsliprock-scrambling shoes that can get wet.Suitable for families with children of allages. Bring donation. Leader: Abby Crosby(Marine Education Officer). Contact:Kirstie Francis on (01872) 273939 ext 203.Organised for Fox Club.Sunday 18HERON AND EGRET SURVEY OFTHE HELFORDBooking essentialCalamansack10.00am to 12.00 noonMeet at entrance to Calamansack road,between Port Navas and Constantine(SW746281)Morning survey of the wonderful heronand egret populations of the Helford River.Bring binoculars, weatherproof clothing,and robust footwear advised. Leader/contact: Martin Rule (01326) 561952 or0785 412 3877. Organised by HelfordMarine Conservation Group.Sunday 18EARLY DUNE FLOWERSGwithian Towans near HayleMeet at car park at Gwithian Towans (maybe a charge) (SW578414)Page 18 Issue 111 Spring 2010


10.30am to 12.30pmWalk to look at early flowers on sanddunes. Flower guides useful. Donationsfrom non-members welcome. Leaders/contacts: Jane & Nigel Haward (01736)740991. Organised by Penwith Group.Sunday 18SPRING BIRDWATCHLuxulyanMeet at Black Hill car park next to TreffryViaduct near Luxulyan village (SX059573)9.30am to 1.00pmA morning birding in the beautiful woodedLuxulyan Valley to look for arriving andlocally breeding birds. Bring warm clothing,binoculars & stout walking boots. Leader:Sid Cole. Contact: Dave Thomas (01726)861093 after 6.00pm. Organised byRestormel Group.Wednesday 21THE NATURAL HISTORY OFHOLYWELL AND WEST PENTIREBooking essential, numbers limited to 25Five Acres, Allet, Truro TR4 9DJ(SW793485)6.45 to 7.00pmIllustrated talk by local photographer DavidChapman (linked to the walk next month).Non-members welcome. Share transportwhere possible. Suggested donation £2.Leader: David Chapman. Contact: BaWhitehead (01872) 273939 ext 278,ba.whitehead@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk,or Joanna Wallis (joannawallis@sky.com).Organised by Carrick Group.Thursday 22GEOLOGY OF THECRACKINGTON AREACrackington11.00amMeet at the Beach Car Park, Crackington,EX23 0JG (SX143971)Bring outdoor/waterproof gear and stoutfootwear. No geological knowledgerequired. All welcome. Leader: JaneAnderson of Cornwall RIGS Group.Contact: Boscastle Visitors Centre (01840)250010. Organised by Boscastle VisitorsCentre.Saturday 24A WALK THROUGHKILMINORTH WOODSBooking essentialLocation and time tbc on bookingGuided walk through beautiful naturereserve. Wear sensible clothing &footwear. £1.50; free for Friends ofFowey Estuary members. Leader: JaneRichards. Information & booking: www.friendsofthefoweyestuary.org.uk. Organisedby Friends of the Fowey Estuary.Sunday 25PHOTOGRAPHYConstantine BayMeet at car park, Constantine Bay near StMerryn (SW858745) (parking charge)2pm to dusk (note later than usual start)Photographing landscapes and flowers ofthe coast and dunes. More walking thanusual (approx 3 miles). We will stay onlocation for a sunset shoot if the weather isgood. Bring camera, tripod, tea-time snack,suitable footwear & clothing. Leader/contact: David Chapman (01736) 850287.Please make contact the day before to makesure trip is still going ahead. Organised byPhotographic Group.Monday 26SOCIALStoke Climsland10.00am to 12.00pmMeet at Old School Resource Centre, StokeClimsland (SX36017455)Meet to share cars and continue tointeresting local habitat for a short walk.Leader/contact: Caroline Vulliamy (01579)370411. Organised by Mid-Tamar ValleyGroup.Tuesday 27SEAL PUPSBooking essentialGwithian Church Hall7.00 to 8.00pm with free refreshments tofollow.Meet at Gwithian Church Hall (SW586412)Illustrated talk by Sue Sayer on the trialsand tribulations of Cornish seal pups. £6/adult, £3/child, £15/family (2 adults, 2children). Contact: Emma Stockle (01736)754510. Organised by Cornwall Seal Group& National Trust.Tuesday 27WARDEN’S WALK AROUND STGEORGE’S ISLAND NATURE RESERVEBooking essential. Spaces limited: earlybooking recommendedLooe (time tbc on booking))Boat trip to a unique reserve and escortedwalk around the Island. During the 2-hourvisit you’ll learn about the wildlife, theTrust’s work and the challenges of islandlife. No shelter on boat or island so bringsensible clothing and footwear for rough,steep footpaths. Own refreshments &binoculars useful. Sorry, no dogs. Trip maybe cancelled due to weather conditions.£15/person includes boat & landing fees,payable upon booking. Suitable for ages11+, adult must accompany under 16s.Leader: Jon Ross or Claire Lewis. Contact:St George’s Island Warden: 07974 293495,stgeorgesisland@hotmail.co.uk. Organisedby St George’s Island staff, CornwallWildlife Trust.MAY Mys MeSaturday 1DAWN CHORUS WALKBooking essentialKilminorth Woods, near Looe5.00amMeet at Millpool gate to the Woods(SX246537)Enjoy the dawn chorus and identify birdsfrom their song, followed by the optionof breakfast in a local cafe. Bring warmclothing & stout footwear. Donationsappreciated. Leader: Derek Spooner.Contact: Christine Spooner (01503) 265590or Kilminorth@btinternet.com. Organisedby Friends of Kilminorth Woods.Saturday 1GREY SEALSBooking essentialGwithian2.00 to 4.30pmMeet at Gwithian Church Hall (SW586412)Illustrated talk by Sue Sayer on the secretand surprising lives of Cornish grey seals,followed by walk to a local seal haul out,watching seals from top of cliff with a 40mdrop. Please listen to weather forecast; wearoutdoor clothing & footwear. Childrenmust be accompanied by an adult. £10/adult, £5/child, £25/family (2 adults, 2children). Contact: Emma Stockle (01736)754510. Organised by Cornwall Seal Group& National Trust.Saturday 1WALK IN BLUEBELL WOODSBooking essentialPendarves Woods near Camborne12.00 to 2.00pmCelebrate May Day with a walk throughbluebells, looking for signs of spring.Bring a picnic and we will stop by the pondto see if the swans have nested yet.Bring warm clothing & footwear &something to sit on. Suitable for ages 6+.Leader: Anne-Marie Ellis. Contact: KirstieFrancis (01872) 273939 ext 203.Organised for Fox Club.Sunday 2VISIT TO ST UNY IN LELANTCHURCHYARD & WALK ON BEACHLelant near HayleMeet at Churchyard, St Uny in Lelant(SW548375)2.00pmLook at wonderful flowers in this ‘livingchurchyard’ and walk on the beach.Bring flower ident. books if wanted.Contributions from non-members welcome.Leaders: Nigel & Jane Haward. Contact:Jane Haward (01736 740991). Organisedby Penwith Group.Sunday 2POND DIPPINGTregellist, St Kew, Bodmin2.00 to 4.00pmMeet at Rose Cottage, Tregellist. Whitecottage on LH side of village green(SX00947750)Opportunity to examine the life of a pondwith a professional freshwater ecologist.Bring wellingtons, camera. Leader/contact:Trevor Renals (01208) 880893. Organisedby Camel Group.Monday 3POLZEATH VMCA DISCOVERY DAYBooking preferredPolzeath10.00am to 3.00pmMeet on Polzeath beach (SW936788). Ifweather is bad, meet at the Polzeath MarineCentre opposite pitch & put.A day to launch our new ‘Your Shore’Project in Polzeath. Spend the dayrockpooling with marine experts, creatingbeach sculptures or saving dolphins withmarine life rescue experts! Rockpoolramblers meet at 1.30pm. Under 18s mustbe accompanied by an adult. Bring sensibleclothing & footwear for beach activities.Leader/contact: Abigail Crosby 07917765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised by Cornwall WildlifeTrust & Cornwall Council.Wednesday 5CORNWALL SEAL GROUPMONTHLY MEETINGSee Wednesday 7 April for details.Wednesday 5GEOLOGY AROUND ROUGH TORBodmin Moor11.00amMeet at Rough Tor Car Park (SX138819)Bring outdoor/waterproof gear, stoutfootwear & packed lunch. Leader: JaneAnderson (of Cornwall RIGS Group).Organised by Cornwall Council.Saturday 8KITE FLYING AND PICNICSaltash2.00pm startMeet by the allotments entrance, WeardeRoad Saltash (SX418577) for event onPoint Field, Churchtown Farm CommunityNature Reserve, Saltash. Bring kite, picnic& camera. Contact: Hazel Rawlings(01752) 846407. Dogs on leads only.Organised by Friends of Churchtown FarmCommunity Nature Reserve.Saturday 8NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FORBEGINNERSBooking essentialLocation tbc10.00am to 1.00pmIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 19


Get to know how to use your camera inthe wild, step by step. Bring digital point& shoot compact or digital SRL camera.£10. Leader/contact: Dave Thomas (01726)861093 after 6.00pm, davecarp86@hotmail.com. Organised by Cornwall Wildlife TrustLocal Groups.Sunday 9GEOLOGY WALKBooking essentialFrom Cot to Cape in West PenwithMeet in St Just10.30am to 12.30pmExplore the Cot Valley on a circular walkalong the Celtic Sea coast to Cape Cornwalland learn about the rocks beneath yourfeet, mining history, animals and plants.Bring warm clothing & walking shoes/boots. Suitable for 7yrs+. Donation to FoxClub funds. Possibly a geological boat tripafterwards. Leader/contact: Rory Goodall(01736) 811200. Organised for Fox Club.Monday 10PHOTO GROUP MEMBERS’ EVENINGAllet7.30pmContact: David Chapman on (01736)850287 or Adrian Langdon on (01208)813440.Organised by Photographic Group.Wednesday 12WARDEN’S WALK AROUNDST GEORGE’S ISLANDSee Tuesday 27 April for details.Saturday 15BUGS AND BEASTIES IN MINIATUREBooking essential as places are limitedAllet near Truro11.00am to 1.00pmPond-dipping and then look at theamazing things you’ve found under specialmicroscopes. Wear outdoor clothing.Donation to Fox Club funds. Leaders: FoxClub Committee & Kernow MicroscopicalSociety members. Suitable for age 7+.Contact: Kirstie Francis (01872) 273939 ext203 to book your place. Organised for FoxClub by the Kernow Microscopical Society.Sunday 16BAT WALKTrevarno Gardens8.00 to 10.00pmTrevarno Gardens are signposted from theB3303 at the northern end of CrowntownVillage. TR13 0RU (SW643303)Watch and listen as Trevarno’s residentbats emerge at dusk, followed by walk tohear bats foraging in the gardens. Bring atorch, good footwear, warm clothing &bat detector if owned. Weather dependent.Leaders: John Paul Gilkes of Trevarno& Sam Smith of Cornwall Bat Group.Contact: Trevarno Gardens (01326)574274. Organised by Trevarno Gardens &Cornwall Bat Group.Sunday 16WILD FOODS WALKHelford Village2.00 to 4.00pmHelford Village car park (SW759261)A guided wild food walk with expertCaroline Davey to identify edible springplants found in the hedgerows andwoodland around Treath and Bosahan onthe south shore of the Helford. Learn aboutthe culinary and medicinal uses for theseplants, historical facts and how to foragesustainably, legally and safely. Bring stoutfootwear and small food containers if youwish. Leader: Caroline Davey. Contact:Rhiannon 07710 956734 or Ruth 07967251278. Organised by Helford MarineConservation Group.Sunday 16GUIDED WALK FROMHOLYWELL TO WEST PENTIREBooking essential, places limited to 25Holywell Bay10.00amNational Trust car park, Holywell(SW766588)We’d hope to see a variety of plants, insects,birds and mammals as we walk with localphotographer David Chapman. Nonmembersalways welcome. Please sharetransport where possible. Bring sensiblewalking shoes & waterproof clothing.Bring lunch/snack as we may be out until2.00pm, plus change for car park. Suggesteddonation £2. Leader: David Chapman.Contact: Ba Whitehead (01872) 273939 ext278, ba.whitehead@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, or Joanna Wallis, joannawallis@sky.com. Organised by Carrick Group.Monday 17NEWQUAY EVENING BOAT TRIP,SEA-SAFARIBooking essentialMeet at Newquay Harbour car park, lookfor boat ‘Atlantic Diver’ (SW808619)6.45 for 7.00pm startA slow ride around Newquay headlandsand then out to sea to look for kittiwakes,fulmars, gannets, cormorants, terns, seals,possibly dolphins and basking sharks.Bring warm waterproof clothing, warmdrink, binoculars & camera. £20/adult,£15/child up to 12 yrs. Leaders: boatmanChris Lowe and local wildlife expert DaveThomas. Contact: Chris Lowe (01637) 850930, mobile 07860 927 833.Email: enquiries@atlanticdiver.co.uk.Organised by Restormel Group.Monday 17 to Friday 21WILDLIFE VIDEO FILMING ANDEDITING COURSEBooking essentialTime & meeting place tbc on booking5-day course learning to create excitingwildlife films – camera work, editing &story creation. Filming at the best wildlifelocations in Cornwall, including selectedTrust nature reserves. Can showcase yourwork on Trust website. £250. Book withorganiser Jeff Goodman (01736) 788705.Tuesday 18THE PAST AND PRESENCE OFTHE MARINE STRANDING NETWORKBooking preferredLooe7.30pmMeet upstairs in the Looe RNLI lifeboatstation, PL131AT (SX249535)Cornwall experiences a large amount ofweird and wonderful, rare and beautifulcreatures washed up on our shoreline. JanLoveridge will speak about the historyof the Marine Strandings Network to itspresent day success. Leader/contact: AbigailCrosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised byCornwall Wildlife Trust & Looe VMCAGroup.Tuesday 18GREY SEALSGwithian (see Tuesday 13 April for details)Sunday 23PAR BEACH BIRD WALKParMeet at Par beach car park by the publictoilets (SX085533)10.00am to 1.00pmExplore the varied habitats around Parbeach, looking for birds on the pool, in thewoodland, on the beach and out to sea.Suitable for beginners and more experiencedbirders. Bring binoculars if you havethem. Leader/contact: Matt Ward (01726)815313. Organised by Restormel Group.Monday 24SOCIALStoke Climsland (see Monday 26 April fordetails)Tuesday 25TALK BY DAVID PARRY:PAINTING THE FOWEY ESTUARYTime tbc on bookingGolant, FoweyMeet at Golant village Hall (SX120548)David Parry is an internationally acclaimedwildlife artist who has travelled to manycountries to observe, draw and paint a widevariety of subjects. At this talk he will sharehis love and passion for painting the wildlifeon Fowey estuary. £1.50; free to Friendsof Fowey Estuary members. Leader: JaneRichards. More information & booking:www.friendsofthefoweyestuary.org.uk.Organised by Friends of Fowey Estuary forthe ‘Your Shore’ Project.Saturday 29WALK AROUND RESERVE ATMARSLAND MOUTHMarsland Mouth ReserveBring good footwear, food & drink. Leader/contact for details of time & meeting place:Tim Dingle (01288) 361356). Organised byTamar Group.Saturday 29WILDLIFE EXPERIENCEBooking essential as places are limitedPortreath10.30am to 12.30pmGuided walk through woods and fieldslooking for hidden wildlife such as slowworms and field voles then meet theCentre’s resident wildlife! Tame foxes, tryfalconry, hold Chewie the grass snake andmeet his mammal friends in the classroom.Wear clothing & footwear for walkingthrough muddy wood. £5/child plus oneadult only per family who can attend free.Leader: Gary Zammit. Contact: KirstieFrancis (01872) 273939 ext 203 to book.Organised for Fox Club to celebrateNational Wildlife Week.JUNE Mys MethevenTuesday 1SEAL PUPSGwithian (see Tuesday 27 April for details)Wednesday 2CORNWALL SEAL GROUPMONTHLY MEETINGSee Wednesday 7 April for details.Wednesday 2COSTAL WALK, ST AGNES VMCABooking essentialSt Agnes10.00am to approx 1.00pmMeet outside the Driftwood Spas,Trevaunance Cove, and St Agnes, TR5 0RT(SW721513)Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the stunningcoastline of the St Agnes VMCA withmarine experts and CWT ecologist LizCartwright. From porpoises to puffins,thrift to heathers, all types of fauna andflora will be spotted and examined on thiscoastal exploration. Bring sensible clothing& footwear plus binoculars. Under 18smust be accompanied by an adult. Leaders:Abigail Crosby & Liz Cox. Contact: AbigailCrosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised byCornwall Wildlife Trust for the ‘Your Shore’project.Page 20 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Saturday 5 to Sunday 6WILDLIFE VIDEO FILMING ANDEDITING COURSEBooking essentialWeekend course. Cost £95. See Monday 17to Friday 21 May for details.Saturday 5ARTRAGEOUSBooking essential, places limited to 14Allet10.00am to 12.00 noonJoin us in creating all sorts of wild creaturesfrom natural and recycled materials.Please bring £1/child to help cover costof materials. Leader/contact: KirstieFrancis (01872) 273939 ext 203 to book.Organised by Fox Club to celebrate WorldEnvironment Day.Saturday 5WILDLIFE WALK, FIR HILL WOODColan, Newquay10.00am to 1.00pmMeet at Colan Church (SW869613)Morning walk through Fir Hill wood tolook for woodland birds, spring flowersand insects with local wildlife expert. Bringbinoculars & stout walking shoes. Leader/contact: Dave Thomas (01726) 861093 after6.00pm. Organised by Restormel Group.Sunday 6WILDLIFE WALKBooking essentialCape Cornwall10.30am to 12.30pmOn this circular walk, our guide will helpyou look for reptiles, butterflies, birds,seals, basking sharks and fabulous coastalflowers. Suitable for age 7+. Wear suitableoutdoor clothing & sensible walking boots.Bring binoculars and/or telescope, camera.Donation to Fox Club funds. Leader/contact: Rory Goodall (01736) 811200.Organised for Fox Club to celebrateNational Wildlife Week.Sunday 6HEDGEROW IMPORTANCETEST TRAINING AND PRACTICALBooking essential; places limited to 15Allet10.30am to 3.30pmMeet at Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ(SW793485)Workshop on how to assess the value ofour hedgerows, followed by a practicalsurvey. Bring lunch or, when booking,order a pasty. Non-members alwayswelcome. Suggested donation £2 (+ pastycost). Disabled access at meeting room inFive Acres. Leader: Gary Lewis, Manager,Environmental Records Centre forCornwall & The Isles of Scilly. Contact:Ba Whitehead (01872) 273939 ext 278,ba.whitehead@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk,or Joanna Wallis (joannawallis@sky.com).Organised by Carrick Group.Sunday 6PASSIONATE ABOUT PLANKTON!Booking essentialPolzeath1.30pm to 4.00pmMeet at Polzeath Marine Centre, oppositethe pitch & put (SW936788)Investigate the most crucial part of themarine environment: the bizarre worldof the microscopic plants and animalsfound in the sea. Make your own planktonnet and catch mini-beasties to examineunder the microscope! Under 18s mustbe accompanied by an adult. Ownwetsuit required. Leader/contact: AbigailCrosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organisedby Cornwall Wildlife Trust & CornwallCouncil for the ‘Your Shore’ project.Sunday 6WILDLIFE GARDENOPEN TO PUBLICOld Zanzig, St. Jidgey, Wadebridge10.30am to 6.00pmMeet at Old Zanzig, 4 miles outsideWadebridge; turn off the A39 at Blable,PL27 7RD (SW947703)Wildlife garden, woodland, ponds, plantstall, crafts, refreshments. Entrance fee: £2.Contact: Alison Salisbury (01028) 812603.Organised by Camel Group.Monday 7 to Friday 11WILDLIFE VIDEO FILMING ANDEDITING COURSESee details for 17 to 21 May course.Friday 11EVENING RAMBLESaltash6.30pm, approx 2 hrsMeet outside the Cecil Arms Public HouseSaltash (SX417583)Looking around Churchtown FarmCommunity Nature Reserve at twilight.Bring warm clothing, torch, bat detectorif owned. Sorry, no dogs. Leader: KeithRawlings, Warden. Contact: Hazel Rawlings(01752) 846407. Organised by Friendsof Churchtown Farm Community NatureReserve.Saturday 12STRANDLINE TREASURE HUNTBooking essentialSpit Beach, near St Austell10.30am to 12.30pmExplore the wonders of this beach withevidence of past volcanoes and the effectsof the last Ice Age. Wear beach shoes, bringsun screen or waterproofs, bucket, donationto Fox Club funds. Leader: Catriona Burt.Contact/booking: Kirstie Francis (01872)273939 ext 203. Organised by Fox Club tocelebrate World Oceans Day.Saturday 12NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FORBEGINNERSSee Saturday 8 May for details.Saturday 12CLIMATE CHANGE IN ST AUSTELL BAYSt Austell Bay10.30am start. Finish at Spit Beach carpark, approx 12.30pmMeet at Carlyon Bay upper car park(SX054522)A look at geological deposits showinghow the climate has changed from nearglacial to slightly warmer than presentover the last 150,000 years. Bring outdoorgear & waterproof footwear. Leaders:Colin Bristow & Peter Ealey. Contact:Sue Hocking (01872) 240777 ext. 246.Organised by Cornwall RIGS Group.Sunday 13PLANTS OF A TRADITIONALHAY MEADOWSt Kew, Bodmin2.00 to 4.00pmMeet at Rose Cottage, Tregellist. Whitecottage on the village green (SX00947750)Traditional hay meadows supporting arange of grasses and herbs are now rare. Agood opportunity to identify grasses. Bringidentification guides, lenses, camera.Leader/contact: Trevor Renals (01208)880893. Organised by Camel Group.Sunday 13ROCKPOOL RAMBLEBooking essentialPenzance10.30am to 12.30pmDiscover what lives in the rockpools aroundthis part of the Cornish shore and learnfascinating facts from our marine expert.Wear non-slip rock scrambling shoes thatcan get wet and bring water to drink, sunprotection or rain gear, donation to FoxClub funds. Leader: Rory Goodall. Contact:Kirstie Francis (01872) 273939 ext 203 tofind out where to meet. Organised for FoxClub to celebrate World Oceans Day.Sunday 13WOODS OF THE WEST LOOE VALLEYBooking advisedLooe10.30am to 12.30pm or 4.30pmMeet at Millpool gate to Kilminorth Woods(pay & display car park) (SX246537)Woodland walk along the West Looe Riverthrough the oakwoods of Kilminorth, withthe option of continuing across the riverinto Trenant Woods for those with moretime. We will look for birds, butterfliesand signs of mammals. Long walk approx9 miles. Bring binoculars, stout footwear,picnic lunch. Donations appreciated. Sorry,no dogs. Leaders: Derek Spooner/DavidWinter. Contact: Christine Spooner (01503)265590 or kilminorth@btinternet.com.Organised by Friends of Kilminorth Woods.Sunday 13BUTTERFLY AND DRAGONFLYPHOTOGRAPHYBreney Common10.00am to 3.00pmMeet at Gunwen Chapel, Lowertown nearLuxulyan (SX053613)We will be looking for marsh and smallpearl-bordered fritillaries as well as somedragonflies. Bring lunch, macro lens, tripod,stout footwear. Contact/leader: DavidChapman (01736) 850287. Organised byPhotographic Group.Tuesday 15ILLUSTRATED TALK ABOUTGREY SEALSGwithian (see Tuesday 13 April for details)Wednesday 16NEWQUAY EVENING BOAT TRIP,SEA-SAFARISee Monday 17 May for details.Saturday 19TODDLER NATURE DISCOVERY WALKBooking essential (max 10 children)Five Acres, Allet, Truro10.30 to 11.30amMeet outside the front of CWT HQ, FiveAcres, Allet, Truro TR4 9DJ (SW794486)We will be toddling around the woodslooking for wildlife and discoveringnew smells, sights and sounds. Sensibleclothing & footwear essential. £1 donationrequested to go towards Fox Club. Suitablefor children around 16 months to 3 years.Paths are buggy friendly. All children mustbe accompanied by an adult. Leader: CherylMarriott. Book with Samantha on Trustreception (01872) 273939. Organised byCornwall Wildlife Trust.Saturday 19BOTALLACK TO CAPECORNWALL WALKBotallack2.30pmMeet at Botallack Count House (parkingavailable) (SW364332)North coast path walk from BotallackCount House to Cape Cornwall withflowers, mine scenery, rock pools. Bringfootwear suitable for rockpool scrambling.Contributions from non-members welcome.Leaders: Nigel & Jane Haward. Contact:Jane Haward (01736) 740991. Organisedby Penwith Group.Issue 111 Spring 2010 Page 21


Sunday 20FARMING THROUGH THE AGESBooking essential (max 40)Between Mawgan and St Martin12.00 noon to 4.00pmMeet at entrance to Gear Farm (SW723249)Gear Farm on the southern side of theHelford has been a focus of human activitysince farming began in Britain. BBC’s TimeTeam excavated part of the site a fewyears ago. Hear James Gossip, CornwallCouncil archaeologist & Mary Combefrom the Farming and Wildlife AdvisoryGroup describe how the land has beenused through time. Bring stout footwear.Contact: Martin (01326) 561952 or 07854123 877. Organised by Helford MarineConservation Group.Sunday 20A CLOSER LOOK AT DRAGONFLIESGoss Moor Nature Reserve10.00am to 3.00pmDrive from Indian Queens towards Bodminon old A30 road for 1 mile. Just beforethe bridge is a lay-by on the left; meet here(SW934599)A walk around one of Cornwall’s largestnature reserves with dragonfly expert SteveJones. Over the last 3 years large areas ofGoss Moor have been opened up so wewill be looking at new and old sites. Bringwellingtons, binoculars, hand lens & lunch.Leaders: Steve Jones & Dave Thomas.Contact: Dave Thomas (01726) 861093after 6.00pm. Organised by RestormelGroup for National Dragonfly Week.Monday 21 to Friday 25WILDLIFE VIDEO FILMING ANDEDITING COURSESee details for 17 to 21 May course.Saturday 26WHO USED OUR MINIBEAST HOTEL?Booking essentialManingham Wood, Illogan11.00am to 12.30pmHelp the Friends of Maningham Wooddismantle and then re-make the minibeasthotel they created last autumn to see whatcreatures have used it. Wear outdoorclothing, bring something to sit on &donation to Fox Club. Suitable for all ages.All paths are wheelchair friendly and there isa RADAR Key gate at the entrance. Leaders:Alison Forward & Sue Scott. Contact/booking: Kirstie Francis (01872) 273939 ext203. Organised for Fox Club by the FoMWto celebrate National Insect Week.Tuesday 29SEAL PUPSGwithian – see Tuesday 27 April for details.JULY Mys GortherenSaturday 3NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FORBEGINNERSSee Saturday 8 May for details.Sunday 4GUIDED WALK AT KENNALL VALEBooking essential as numbers are limitedKennall Vale Nature Reserve10.00amMeet at main entrance to reserve; if comingby car, please park in the village and walkup to the reserve (SW753375)A stroll through the reserve with theWest Cornwall Reserves Officer. Nonmembersalways welcome. Bring sensibleshoes. Suggested donation £2. Leader:Nick Marriott. Contact: Ba Whitehead(01872) 273939 ext 278, ba.whitehead@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, or JoannaWallis (joannawallis@sky.com). Organisedby Carrick Group.Sunday 4MARINE MAMMAL BOAT TRIPBooking essential, places limited to 12PenzanceMeet 10.15 for 10.30am to 12.30pm tripA 2 hr Atlantic Adventure boat trip aroundLands End to spot marine mammals suchas seals, porpoises, dolphins and perhapseven whales! Wear warm, waterproofclothing and non-slip shoes that you will getwet (remember, it’s always colder at sea!)and bring binoculars & camera. Children7–14yrs: £24, parents: £32 (10% of allcharges donated to CWT Marine StrandingsProject). Not suitable for under 7s. Ringleader Rory Goodall (01736) 811200 tobook your place. Organised for Fox Club tocelebrate National Mammal Week.Sunday 4BUTTERFLY FORAYTregellist, St Kew, Bodmin2.00 to 4.00pmMeet at Rose Cottage, Tregellist. Whitecottage on the edge of the village green(SX00947750)An opportunity to see a range of butterfliesand insects. Bring identification guides,camera. Leader/contact: Trevor Renals(01028) 880893. Organised by Camel Group.Monday 5NEWQUAY EVENING BOAT TRIP,SEA-SAFARISee Monday 17 May for details.Tuesday 6THE WORK OF THE VETERINARYLABORATORIES AGENCY (VLA)East Looe7.30 to approx 9.00pmMeet upstairs in the lifeboat station, EastLooe Seafront, PL13 1AT (SX249535)A veterinary pathologist’s approach tohandling marine strandings - how to protectyourself from zoonoses. This session isfor all volunteers. A look at the cetaceanpost mortem work conducted by the VLA:examination, sampling and what can belearned from mortalities. Leader: JamesBarnett. Contact: Abigail Crosby 07917765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised by Looe VMCA Groupfor the ‘Your Shore’ project.Tuesday 6THE BUILDING STONES OF STAUSTELLSt Austell Town Centre6.00 to approx 7.30pmMeet at St Austell Bus/Rail Station CarPark. Gather in the foyer in front of thebooking hall (SX015525)St Austell has a wider range of buildingstones than most Cornish towns. On thiswalk, granites, elvans, greenstones andothers will be seen. Bring suitable warm/waterproof clothing. Leader: Colin Bristow.Contact: Sue Hocking (01872) 240777 ext.246. Organised by Cornwall RIGS Group.Wednesday 7CORNWALL SEAL GROUPMONTHLY MEETINGRedruth - see Wednesday 7 April for details.Saturday 10BUTTERFLIESSaltash2.00pm, approx 2 hrsMeet at Wearde Rd entrance toChurchtown Community Farm NatureReserve (SX421582)Discovering butterflies on the reserve. Bringappropriate footwear plus waterproofs.Sorry, no dogs. Leader: John Randall.Contact: Hazel Rawlings (01752) 846407.Organised by Friends of Churchtown FarmCommunity Nature Reserve.Saturday 10WHAT’S IN AN OWL PELLET?Booking essential, places limited to 12Allet near Truro11.00am to 12.30pmDissect an owl pellet to find the skeletalremains of the owl’s lunch and piece thebones together to identify what mammalsthey came from. Please bring £1/child tohelp cover cost of materials. Suitable forage 7+. Leader: Alison Forward. Contact:Kirstie Francis on (01872) 273939 ext203 to book. Organised by Fox Club tocelebrate National Mammal Week.Sunday 11HELFORD CONSERVATION CRUISEBooking essentialHelford Passage4.00 to 6.30pmMeet at The Ferryboat Inn jetty, HelfordPassage on the NORTH shore, TR11 5LB(SW764269)Enjoy the Helford wildlife scene on aboat trip upriver from the mouth ofthe estuary with local experts, displays,children’s activities and live tanks. Bringweatherproof clothing. Binoculars couldbe useful. Contact: Paul (01326) 341030.Booking: please send cheques payable to‘Helford Marine Conservation Group’ toPaul Garrard, 4 Valley View, Constantine,Falmouth TR11 5AP. Include SAE fortickets. Adults £8; under 18s £4. Organisedby Helford Marine Conservation Group.Sunday 11LUDGVAN CHURCHYARD VISITAND VALLEY WALKLudgvan Church Town2.00pmMeet at Ludgvan Church. Parking onsquare or outside White Hart (SW504331)A look at churchyard plants and valleywalk. Bring flower ident. books if wanted.Contributions from non-members welcome.Leader/contact: Jane Haward (01736)740991. Organised by Penwith Group.Saturday 17WILDLIFE EXPERIENCEBooking essential as places are limitedPortreath – see Saturday 29 May for details.Saturday 17WILDLIFE WALKBreney Common Nature Reserve1.00pmMeet at Gunwen chapel at Lowertown nearHelman Tor (SW053613)A wildlife walk around Breney andBokiddick with the warden to look forsummer butterflies, wildflowers and otherwildlife. Bring binoculars & stout walkingshoes. Leader: Dell Netherton. Contact:Dave Thomas (01726) 861093 after6.00pm. Organised by Restormel Group.Saturday 17FOWEY VMCA ROCKPOOL RAMBLEFowey10.30am to 12.30pmMeet at Spit Beach, Par (SX074523)Join marine experts and search for themicro-beasties of the shallows such asstarfish and crabs. Bring sensible clothing& footwear. £1.50; free to Friends ofFowey Estuary members. Under 18s mustbe accompanied by an adult. Leader: JaneRichards. Contact: Abigail Crosby 07917765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised by Friends of FoweyEstuary for the ‘Your Shore’ project.Tuesday 20PHOTOGRAPHY EVENINGTregellist, St Kew6.00 to 8.00pmMeet at Rose cottage, Tregellist. WhitePage 22 Issue 111 Spring 2010


cottage on the edge of the village green(SX00947750)A variety of subjects suitable forphotography. Bring a camera. Leader/contact: Trevor Renals (01208) 880893.Organised by Camel Group.Friday 23BLUES IN THE BARNBooking essentialWoodland Valley Farm, Ladock TR2 4PT6.00pm start, 1.00am finishMeet at TR2 4PT. See www.woodlandvalley.co.uk for further detailsCharity event which last year earned £300for the Trust. With your help and supportit will raise a lot more. Bring a tent ifyou want to camp & farm footwear as itcould be a little muddy. £10 – includes bbqitem, drink & free camping. Organisers:Chris Jones & Jo Wallis. Contact: (01726)884127, enquiries@woodlandvalley.co.uk.Organised by Woodland Valley & CornwallWildlife Trust.Friday 23 to Sunday 25LOOE FESTIVAL OF THE SEAEast Looe SeafrontAll weekendMeet at East Looe seafront (SX249535)Looe welcomes you to the fifth LooeFestival of the Sea. Cornwall WildlifeTrust will be representing marineconservation with displays, arts & craftsand daily rockpool rambles leaving at10am from outside the lifeboat station.Find us down on the seafront and getinvolved! Bring sensible footwear &clothing for rockpooling. Under 18s mustbe accompanied by an adult. Leader/contact: Abigail Crosby 07917 765581,abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.Organised by Looe VMCA Group for the‘Your Shore’ project.Sunday 25th JulyINSECT PHOTOGRAPHYRospannel Farm10am to 3pmHead west along A30 from Penzance, turnleft at the centre of the hamlet of Crows-anwra.Follow single track road for approx1km to end. Entrance drive to RospannelFarm runs south from this point. Park asinstructed at the farm (SW390263)Joint meeting with a moth group; mothtraps set the night before so we will bephotographing moths and dragonflies.Camera, tripod, packed lunch, suitablefootwear & clothing. Leaders: DavidChapman & Steve Jones. Contact: DavidChapman (01736) 850287; please makecontact the day before to make sure thetrip is still going ahead. Organised byPhotographic Group.Wednesday 28LIFE IN A ROCKPOOL – GET CRAFTYPolzeath11.00am to 1.00pmMeet at Polzeath Marine Centre, oppositethe pitch and put (SW936788)Learn about rockpool life by creating yourown watery world using arts & craftsmaterials. Under 18s must be accompaniedby an adult. Leader: Joanna Osborn.Contact: Abigail Crosby 07917 765581,abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust& Cornwall Council for the ‘Your Shore’project.Wednesday 28CHURCHYARD RAMBLEBooking preferredIllogan10.30am to 12.00 noonMeet at Illogan Parish Church (SW672440)Guided walk through a living churchyard.Identify the trees by their leaves and seewhat wildlife lives amongst the log piles andbramble thickets. Suitable for all ages. Wearsturdy walking shoes or wellies and bringwaterproofs or sunscreen, depending on theweather, plus donation to Fox Club. Leader:Andrew Tompsett. Contact: Kirstie (01872)273939 ext 203. Organised for Fox Club aspart of the Living Churchyards Project.Saturday 31CORNWALL WILDLIFETRUST’S WILDLIFE CELEBRATIONHeligan10.30am to 4pmMeet at The Lost Gardens of Heligan,Pentewen, St Austell, PL26 6EN(SW996471)Children’s activities with Fox Club, wildlifewalks & talks, Trust experts to answerwildlife questions. Learn about the workof the Trust & Cornwall’s wildlife inthe wonderful surroundings of Heligan.Contact: Carolyn O’Hagan (01872) 273939ext 204. Organised by Cornwall WildlifeTrust & Lost Gardens of Heligan.AUGUST Mys EstSunday 1ROCKPOOL ROADSHOWBooking essential, places limited to 12Allet near Truro10.30am to 12.30pmAquarists from Blue Reef Aquarium inNewquay will introduce you to crabs,starfish and other marine invertebrates,then you can make sea creatures fromrecycled materials. Bring £1 to cover costof materials. Leaders: Blue Reef AquariumStaff & Kirstie Francis. Contact/booking:Kirstie Francis (01872) 273939 ext.Organised for Fox Club to launch MarineWeek 2010.Monday 2SNORKEL SAFARIBooking essentialSt Agnes1.00 to approx 400pmExplore the incredible underwaterenvironment. Bring own wetsuits, fins,mask, snorkel. Under 18s must beaccompanied by an adult in the water.Leader: Emily Priestly. Contact: AbigailCrosby 07917 765581, abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised byCornwall Wildlife Trust for the ‘Your Shore’project.Wednesday 4CORNWALL SEAL GROUPMONTHLY MEETINGRedruth - see Wednesday 7 April for details.Wednesday 4WHALE, DOLPHIN ANDBASKING SHARK WATCHCarn Gloose, near Cape Cornwall headland12.00 to 5.00pmMeet at Carn Gloose headland (SW352312)Join experts searching for cetaceans andbasking sharks as part of the SeaquestSouthwest programme. Suitable for all ages.Under 18s must be accompanied by anadult. Leader/contact: Tom Hardy (CWT)(01872) 240777 ext 208, tom.hardy@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised bySeaquest Southwest & SeaWatch SW forNational Marine Week.Saturday 7AWARENESS/OPEN DAYSaltash10am start – all dayMeet at Wearde Rd entrance toChurchtown Farm Community NatureReserve for event at Wearde Park Field(SX421582)Various country crafts and stalls, children’sactivities, birds of prey, falconry display,guided walks, etc. Free entrance. Bringappropriate footwear, waterproofs,pocket money. Contact: Hazel Rawlings(01752) 846407. Organised by Friendsof Churchtown Farm Community NatureReserve.Sunday 8SPECTACULAR SEALSBooking essential for the boat tripEast Looe12.00 to 4.00pmMeet upstairs in the Lifeboat Station, EastLooe Seafront PL13 1AT (SX255531)Afternoon boat trip around Looe Islandwith Cornwall Seal group to learn aboutthe secret life of Looe’s seals, or drop intothe Lifeboat Station for lots of free sealgames and arts & crafts. Under 18s mustbe accompanied by an adult. Lifeboatactivities are free. Boat trips £5 per person.Contact: Abigail Crosby 07917 765581,abby.crosby@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Organised by Looe VMCA Group &Cornwall Seal Group for National Marineweek and the ‘Your Shore’ project.Monday 9 to Friday 13WILDLIFE VIDEO FILMING ANDEDITING COURSESee details for 17 to 21 May course.COPY DATE for the next diary is 22 April 2010The next diary covers the period from August to November 2010.Advance notices of later events can be included to increase the chances of publicising them, but if the diary is a large one thesemay not be published. Wild Cornwall no. 112 will be published on 23 July and no. 113 in November, but bear in mind whenplanning dates of events that hand-delivery in your area may take several days.Please send details of events (these MUST be submitted on forms available from Trust HQ to:Diary Editor, Mark Dungey, 10 Rame Croft, Rame Cross, Penryn, TR10 9NB; Tel. (01209) 860970Email diaryeditor.cwt@rame.eclipse.co.ukIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 23


Sponsorship success storiesBy sponsoring a particular project or aspect of the Trust’s work, businesses can feel proud of thedifference they are making to wildlife conservation in Cornwall.Sponsorship can be tailored to meet the particularinterests of each business. Last year British InternationalHelicopters offered £10,000 to sponsor Cornwall WildlifeTrust’s Seaquest Basking Shark Project for two years,through their carbon compensation fund. The projectmonitors the distribution of basking sharks off the Cornishcoast, which may be affected by climate change.As well as funding specific conservation projects,businesses can support us by helping towards our costs.Worldwide Financial Planning, Independent FinancialAdvisors to the Trust, kindly sponsored our WetlandHabitats Appeal last autumn, helping us maximise theappeal’s fundraising potential. Through sponsorshipthey have also helped us buy a new passenger boat forSt George’s Island Nature Reserve. Peter McGahan,Director, said: “We’ve been supporting Cornwall WildlifeTrust for many years through our pension advice scheme.Sponsoring the appeal and the boat were further ways wecould help and we were proud to do so.”From nature reserve work to covering our raffleproduction costs, and from calendar sponsorship tohelping us celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2012, wehave a range of exciting opportunities coming up in thefuture, with guaranteed promotion to our membershipand beyond. To find out more, please contactSerena Pettigrew-Jolly on (01872) 273939 ext 205,serena.pettigrewjolly@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk orvisit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/business.Serena Pettigrew-JollyMarketing and Fundraising CoordinatorDonna Hansen and Peter McGahan of Worldwide FinancialPlanning with Jasmin Appleby of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.Photo by Sheila McCann-DownesPage 24 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Pinger project updateFor those who have not heard of the pinger trial before, it’s a project designed to test theeffectiveness of acoustic deterrents (pingers) at reducing the incidence of accidental entanglement(bycatch) of cetaceans in static fishing nets set by vessels within six nautical miles of the coast.Now in its final three months, the pinger project is stillgoing strong, and so far the feedback from fishermen hasbeen very positive regarding the practicalities of usingthe pingers. There have only been a couple of incidentsof nets getting tangled, and generally fishermen areconfident that the kit is easy to use and doesn’t affecttheir ability to fish.A huge amount of data has also been collected from theacoustic monitoring devices (C-PoDs) which record theclicks and whistles of cetaceans and give us an idea ofthe relative amount of cetacean activity around nets withand without pingers, aiming to show the effectiveness ofpingers as a deterrent.As the trial is still underway it would be pre-emptive todraw any firm conclusions, but it is fair to say that thedata show some promising preliminary results and weaim to have a final report ready this summer.Cornwall Wildlife Trust has also recently received furtherfunding towards its Seaquest Netsafe Project, whichincludes two additional aspects of cetacean work. Firstlywe can expand and develop our Marine StrandingsNetwork and secondly we have been able to set up anetwork of seven static acoustic monitoring sites. Weutilise CPoD monitoring devices coupled with visualsurveys by volunteers at each of the seven sites, givingus an unprecedented record of effort-based surveysthroughout the seasons.Overall it is an exciting time. We hope this projectwill further our knowledge of cetacean species foundin Cornish waters, and therefore better inform ourconservation objectives.Tom HardyMarine Conservation OfficerSeaquest Basking Shark Project 2010The time has come for Cornwall Wildlife Trust to recruitvolunteers once again for our 2010 summer seasonbasking shark survey. If you are interested in finding outmore about these magnificent creatures and participatein land-based surveys to monitor and record the Cornishpopulations, then please call Tom Hardy on (01872)240777 ext 208, baskingshark@cornwallwildifetrust.org.ukIllustration by Sarah McCartneyThe tragic loss of Ginny Harrison-White to the wildlifeconservation movement in Cornwall hardly bearsreflection. An absolute power-house in her own field,Ginny’s marriage to Nic, our Wildlife InformationCoordinator at Allet, ensured that Cornwall WildlifeTrust had the best of all worlds. Nic is an expert,dedicated researcher whose cheerful voice on the phone isthe voice of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.That he was so ably supported, both in his happymarriage and in his day-to-day work, was a tremendoustribute to his ‘other half’, an expression often heardat their little patch of paradise on the edge of BodminMoor. Ginny’s sudden death affects us all. She will besadly missed.Ginny Harrison-WhiteHoward Curnow, ChairmanCornwall Wildlife TrustGinny Harrison White. Photo by Nic Harrison-WhiteIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 25


Nature newsNowodhow naturCornwall MammalGroupLooking out for mammals2010 is the International Year ofBiodiversity. The aim is to raiseawareness of the importance ofbiodiversity (biological-diversity),especially to human well-being. Ithink this is something CornwallMammal Group (CMG) is constantlystriving to promote.Many of our events have focusedon Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)species – these mammals havebeen selected as priorities that arevulnerable, often at low numbersand usually under-recorded. Lastyear, for example, we focused onthe dormouse, and as this speciesis spectacularly under-recorded inCornwall, will be doing the samethis year. Cheryl Mills has given atalk at Kilminorth Woods, Looe, andhas helped set up a dormouse tubeMarine StrandingsNetworkAugust to December 2009A diseased female striped dolphinwas stranded at Perranuthnoe(possibly alive) and a bottlenosedolphin was recorded near PraaSands. A harbour porpoise, withfractured ribs, died from attack bybottlenose dolphins and a diseasedcommon dolphin was possiblyGrey seal: a post-mortem discovered amass in its trachea.Photo by Rebecca Allenmonitoring scheme there. She andJenny Stuart are also setting up somenew monitoring sites around thecounty. Otters, also a BAP species,are old favourites and are the mostrecorded mammal in Cornwall.Nonetheless, we should not getcomplacent and new records arealways sought, to which end DaveGroves has led another training dayfor Friends of Luxulyan Valley. Thebrown hare is a BAP species andis also very under-recorded, as is arecent addition to the BAP list, thehedgehog. These two species can bedifficult to survey for and if you arelucky enough to see them, please,please let us know. We are not onlyinterested in BAP mammals. Themore common mammals have a vitalrole in the ecosystem, food chain andas habitat managers. Tania Percy-Bell held an excellent workshopon mammal identification and wewill also be holding other eventsto look for a range of mammals.attacked by its own species andmay have live-stranded. Of sixcommon dolphins stranded afterwinter storms, four were thought tobe bycaught (taken unintentionallyalong with a catch of fish).A rare seal post-mortem examinationdiscovered a mass in the windpipe,possibly caused by a foreign body,which affected its ability to diveand feed. A juvenile seal was foundwrapped in huge, discarded nets nearNewquay.The first shark autopsy in England,on a 4.2m basking shark, discoveredgastritis and evidence of livestranding,while a fresh, 3m longmale thresher shark was found atGwithian. Two live loggerheadturtles were rescued and taken tothe Blue Reef Aquarium; one deadleatherback was possibly bycaught.Strandings recorded by volunteersin 2009 totalled 73 cetaceans, 61seals, five basking sharks, threeturtles and 235 Portuguese man o’Any record is a vital contributionto our Mammal Atlas that CMGaims to produce in the next year.Please keep your eyes open andtell us what you’ve seen (www.cornwallmammalgroup.co.uk).Kate Stokes, VolunteerThe hedgehog is very under-recorded inCornwall. If you see one please let CMGknow. Photo by JB & S Bottomleywar. One violet sea snail and dozensof sea potato urchins were found atMarazion. Four live gulfweed crabswere recorded, as were thousands ofgoose barnacles and seven trigger fishin various locations.Jan Loveridge, VolunteerFirst basking shark to undergo a postmortemin England.Photo by Rory GoodallPage 26 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Cornwall Seal GroupBreeding beachmasters retireAdult males that win the rightto mate with females are calledbeachmasters. Surprisingly,beachmasters are rarely the biggest,strongest males, but rather thebiggest personalities, able to warnmales off with a ‘look’ from 100m!Disputes reaching physical contactare brief, as combatants quicklyrealise who’s strongest. Only equallymatched opponents battle for justa few minutes. At two adjacentnorth coast haul outs, reigningbeachmasters were overthrown lastyear, leading to power vacuums andchaotic haulouts full of anxiousThe old beachmaster called DP176 ‘W’. Photo by Sue SayerA netted seal and Roseland retireeknown as DP200 Old Railway Arch.Photo by Sue Sayerseals. DP176 ‘W’, was a strongleader, so during his five-year reign,little aggression occurred. In hisabsence, the frequent replacementof insecure beachmasters assertingthemselves resulted in numerousbleeding bite wounds and one pupwith such a severe facial injury thatit had to be rescued after gettingin the way of brawling males,oblivious to all around them. Welonged for ‘W’’s leadership and weredelighted when he reappeared in lateNovember. Although fit and healthy,he was a shadow of his former self,surreptitiously hauling up one sideof the beach, stopping whenever thenew beachmaster turned around,even camouflaging himself by rollingover and covering himself in sand.About halfway up the beach, thebeachmaster eyeballed him and thatwas enough. ‘W’ was off, flyingback down to the sea, having lostall his confidence. Coincidentally,the adjacent cove lost its reigningbeachmaster too, but DP200 turnedup on the Roseland in Novemberand January, clearly relaxed in hisretirement home.Sue Sayer, VolunteerLiving ChurchyardsWhere ecologists fear to tread!This memorial was photographedlast year in a Cornish churchyard,so please be aware and be verycautious when you go exploring.Similarly, the cement capping on oldgraves can be very liable to suddenlyfail, to reveal a considerable hole...so try not to stand on graves whilststudying that rare lichen! Thoseholes can be perfect sites for bumblebees, and although there can beunstable or even wobbly masonry inmost churchyards, the majority ofit is quite safe, provided memorialsare treated with respect and care. Ifyou do have a concern, a note in thechurch visitor book is a good wayto record it. However, do contactthe Living Churchyard schemeby emailing me, the coordinator:rmoor@penmoor.co.uk or byphoning Cornwall Wildlife Trustand having your details passed on tome. Then a recorded risk assessmentcan be carried out.The Church of England is apartner in the International Year ofBiodiversity 2010 and a nationalaudit of churchyards is one of theinitiatives being planned, so pleaseget your local churchyard to set up asheltered wildlife area.Some ongoing churchyard projectsrequire a source of suitable wildflower plug-plants. Is there asympathetic gardener who needs aworthwhile job?Robert Moor, VolunteerWatch out for toppling memorials.Photo by Robert MoorIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 27


Photographic GroupCompetition resultsIn November we had our annualcompetition; this year it was judgedby our chairman, Adrian Langdon. Iknow he found it difficult to pick outthe winners because the standard ofphotography was, again, very high.On behalf of the rest of the groupI would like to thank Adrian andNigel Climpson, who did a great jobin organising the competition, fortheir hard work.The rules of the competition allowanybody to enter a total of siximages in any combinations of thecategories. The deadline for nextyear’s competition is October 2010so if you want to have a go, get yourcamera dusted off and get out there!Here is a list of the top three placingsin each category and you can see asmall selection of the winning photosprinted here.David ChapmanVolunteerCATEGORY PLACE TITLE PHOTOGRAPHERComposition & Form (Digital) 1st Orange peel fungus David Chapman2nd Dryopteris aemula Ian French3rd Walmsley morning Nigel ClimpsonComposition & Form (Print) 1st Gunnera textures Jim Tarbox2nd Frosted leaf on bark Delia Trathen3rd Midge swarm David ChapmanFauna (Digital) 1st Rat Peter Keverne2nd Whimbrel Nigel Climpson3rd Nuthatch Adrian DaveyFauna (Print) 1st Fox cubs David Chapman2ndHummingbirdhawkmoth in flightAdrian Davey3rd Hoverflies David ChapmanFlora (Digital) 1st Dandelion Alan Griffiths2nd Fly agaric Jim Tarbox3rdRamsons, campions &bluebellsClive KingsleyFlora (Print) 1st Kidney vetch David Johnson2nd Southern marsh orchid Jeremy Northcott3rd Ribwort plantain David JohnsonHummingbird hawkmoth in flight.Photo by Adrian DaveyOrange peel fungus. Photo by David ChapmanWhimbrel. Photo by Nigel ClimpsonPage 28 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Two of the exciting wildlife activities run at Gwel an Mor. Photo by Gwel an MorCornish businessessupport the TrustOnce again we have had great support from the business community over the past months andwould like to welcome the following new Business Members:Gwel an Mor, PortreathMeaning ‘View of the Sea’, thisfive star luxury holiday village isrun with a passion for Cornwall,its wildlife and environment. GaryZammit, Gwel an Mor’s Wildlife andConservation Manager, said, “We areendeavouring to build a sustainablebusiness, and aim to inspire ourvisitors to help them appreciatewildlife and the truly beautifulcountryside that we are fortunateenough to live in.”www.gwelanmor.comCarbis Bay Holidays, St IvesThis self-catering holiday agencyspecialises in luxury properties inSt Ives, and is committed to protectingthe stunning natural environment ofWest Cornwall. Carbis Bay Holidaysis proud to run a very successfulvisitor gifting scheme where guests areinvited to donate £5 to the Trust withtheir booking.www.carbisbayholidays.co.ukThe Golden Lion Inn and LakesideRestaurant, StithiansSurrounded by traditional Cornishfarmland, The Golden Lion andLakeside Restaurant overlooks thepeaceful Stithians Lake, which isvisited by native and migrating birds.The pub aims to reduce its impacton the environment, and chooseslocal suppliers and local produce, sogladly received St.Austell Brewery’s‘Environmentally SustainableBusiness of The Year Award’ inJanuary 2009, as well as a GreenTourism Scheme Silver Award.www.golden-lion-inn.co.ukRoundhouse Barn Holidays,St Just in RoselandThis award-winning bed andbreakfast joined the Trust as aBusiness Member in July 2009, andhas now developed its on-line bookingBarbara Sadler proudly receivesRoundhouse Barn Holidays’ BusinessSupporter’s certificate.Photo by Cornwall Wildlife Trustand payment system so that guestscan make a donation when bookingtheir holiday. Roundhouse BarnHolidays match every £1 donated byguests to the Trust. “We’re hopingwe start a trend within the Cornishleisure industry!” say owners, Markand Barbara Sadler.www.roundhousebarnholidays.co.ukAcorn Parks Ltd, LooeOaklands Park is set in 23 acresbetween picturesque Looe andPolperro and is owned by AcornParks, who are committed tohelping Cornish wildlife and theenvironment, and have recentlyachieved the David Bellamy GoldAward for conservation.www.oaklands-park.co.ukPolstrong Feed Store, CamborneThis family-run business has a hugeselection of wild bird food for saleand offers advice on using the rightfeed depending on the time of year.This enables customers to attracta diverse range of birds to theirgardens, as well as badgers, foxes,hedgehogs and squirrels. The shophas set up a visitor gifting scheme forthe Trust and donates 10p for every2.5kg bag of wild bird food sold.Page 30 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Pink foxgloves at Oaklands Park nearLooe. Photo by Acorn Parks LtdSouth West Water, based aroundDevon and CornwallSouth West Water provides highquality drinking water and waterwaste services to the region, as wellas taking care of the South West’sbathing water and coastlines. MarkThomas of South West Water said,“We are delighted to support thework of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.We take pride in the improvementswe’ve made to the coastline andwaterways of our region, and valuethe contribution the Trust makesto the quality of life of everyone inthe county”. South West Water alsosponsor our Your Shore project.www.southwestwater.co.ukPlastic bag-free schemeraises money forCornwall Wildlife TrustWe have been very fortunate toreceive ongoing support frommany local organisations thatare passionate about making adifference, and in this issue we arecelebrating the success of a veryspecial scheme:Saltash Environment Action, SaltashIn March 2008 this volunteerenvironmental action group startedan initiative to make Saltash aplastic bag-free zone by chargingshoppers five pence per new bagused, and encouraging them to reuseand recycle. Up to 36 local shopshave taken part, with special thanksto Steve Brown Butchers and TheGallery who have helped to raise afantastic £752 so far for the Trust’smarine conservation work.www.sea.pl12.org.ukSerena Pettigrew-JollyMarketing and FundraisingCoordinatorAccommodation providers• Acorn Parks, Looe• Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives• Bamham Farm Cottages,Launceston• Bedruthan Steps Hotel, MawganPorth• Bosayne Guest House, Tintagel• Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell• Bourne Leisure Ltd, Perranporth• Budock Vean Hotel, Mawnan Smith• Camilla House, Penzance• Carbis Bay Holidays, St Ives• Clowance Estate and Country Club,Praze-an-Beeble• Coastdale Parks, Atlantic CoastHoliday Park, Hayle• Coastline Housing, Camborne• Coriander Cottages, Fowey• Dolbeare Park, Saltash• Farm and Cottage Holidays,Bideford• Glyn Barton Cottages, Bodmin• Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth• Green Lawns Hotel, Falmouth• Gwel an Mor, Portreath• Higher Menadew Farm Cottages,St. Austell• HPB Management, Duloe Manor,Looe• Lower Treave Caravan andCamping Park, Penzance• Mother Ivey’s Bay Caravan Park,Padstow• Newquay Breaks Hotel, Newquay• Ocean Blue Holidays, Padstow• Parkdean Holidays, Cornwall• Pitt House, Looe• Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives• River Valley Country Park,Relubbus• Rosehill Lodges, Porthtowan• Roselands Caravan Park, St Just• Roundhouse Barn Holidays, St Justin Roseland• Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives• Tremont Guest Accommodation,Penzance• Trenython Manor Hotel and Spa,Tywardreath• Warwick House, Penzance• Whipsiderry Hotel, Newquay• Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Bude• Woodland Valley Farm and StudyCentre, TruroEducation• Cornwall College• Duchy College• Richard Lander School, TruroEnvironment• Environment Agency• Saltash Environmental Action(SEA), Saltash• SITA UK Ltd, Redruth• South West Water, ExeterOur Business SupportersFarming / Industrial• Imerys, Par• SEF Ltd, Leedstown• Watson Marlow, Falmouth• Westlands Geoprojects Ltd, BudeFinancial / Professional / Housing• Cornish Mutual AssuranceCompany Ltd, Truro• Devon and Cornwall HousingGroup, Plymouth• Robinson Reed Layton, Truro• Stephen Scown Solicitors, St Austell• Vickery Holman, Truro• Worldwide Financial Planning Ltd,TruroFood and beverages• The Golden Lion Inn and LakesideRestaurant, Stithians• The Norway Inn, Perranarworthal• The Port William Inn, Tintagel• The Victoria Inn, Roche• Venus Company Ltd, NewquayRecreation / Travel• British International Helicopters,PenzanceRetail• Brewers Business Solutions Ltd,Helston• Focallink Ltd, Truro• Frugi, Gweek• Handykam, Hayle• Polstrong Feed Store, Camborne• Sand, WadebridgeVisitor attractions• Orca Sea Safaris, Feock• Paradise Park Wildlife Centre,Hayle• The Lost Gardens of Heligan,St Austell• The National Seal Sanctuary,Gweek• Tregothnan Estates, Truro• Trevarno Estate and Gardens,HelstonFor more information on ourBusiness Supporters schemeplease contact Serena Pettigrew-Jolly, Marketing and FundraisingCoordinator, on (01872) 273939ext 205, serena.pettigrewjolly@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.For website addresses of ourBusiness Supporters please go towww.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/business_supportIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 31


From our ChairmanFootsteps to Copenhagen – Cornwall Wildlife Trust branches outMany at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust conference at the University campus in Penryn in 2007thought that we should become pro-active – get more involved in public issues.Since then, we have continued to keep our heads downand get on with our work. Climate change, however, isan issue we cannot avoid. There are some who argue thatit is not man-made but one of nature’s cycles (a bit likeapportioning blame on the bridge of the Titanic). Theplanet IS IN A MESS and we need to do something aboutit, NOW.For ten years Cornwall Wildlife Trust has had to factorin the effects of climate change to our daily work.Our concern about the progress of the Kyoto Protocol(Dec.’97) has led us to wonder about the future, not leastthat future generations will spend their lifetimes paying formeasures taken to combat the effects of climate change,yet they do not have a say in the debate. Or do they? Weresolved to take a representative group of Cornish pupilsto the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.With encouragement from Ban ki Moon, the UNSecretary General, and countless well-wishers, we tookthese youngsters in a minibus, loaned by CornwallCouncil, plus the ‘Cape Cornwall’ gig, to Copenhagen.On 10th December the students performed a very visual,dramatic set piece in four different locations in centralCopenhagen. This, together with the gig and its massiveflag, proved to be great crowd-pullers (and the crowdswere great!). The Danish media called us “the best littleshow in town”.We received backing from Gorseth Kernow, Lady MaryHolborow, SouthWest Tourism, Cornwall Council and anumber of Councillors. We were also assisted by StenaLine and various businesses in Copenhagen, but toppingthe list were NABU, our wildlife partners in Germany,without whom the whole venture would not have beenpossible.You can follow our successful trip by looking upwww.cape2copenhagen.webs.com and also if you go to‘You Tube’ and search for ‘gig to Copenhagen 1’ and ‘gigto Copenhagen tv’.Howard Curnow, Chairman, Cornwall Wildlife TrustPupils from Cape Cornwall School join the Cornishrepresentatives in Copenhagen. Photo by Cape Cornwall SchoolThe Cornish gig in Copenhagen.Photo by Cape Cornwall SchoolEnglish – Cornish wildlife dictionary Gerlyver bewnans gwyls Sowsnek–KernewekhThese words, on a coastal theme, make up the second part of our cut-out Cornish wildlife dictionary. We have chosena few of the things you are likely to see when taking part in one of our ‘Your Shore’ activities this spring and summer– seashore plants, seashore creatures and coastal landscape features. With thanks to Howard Curnow and to Maga,the Cornish Language Partnership, for their advice.MarramSeaweedSea hollySea-buckthornMorheskGummonMorgelynnRaven an morGullCrabMusselStarfish(literally five finger)GoolanKankerMeskenPymp bysFishBeach(as in Portreath)SandSeaPyskTrethTewesMorIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 33


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Bird ringing findingsWith the encouragement of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, a permanent ringing site on theHigher Moors reserve to the east of Porth Hellick pool has been established, to monitor breedingspecies and migrants passing through the area.Birds are caught in very fine meshnets, measured, weighed and releasedquickly and very carefully. The ringsare very light and have the address touse if the bird is found. Each ring hasa unique number for identification.The training for a bird ringer is longand time consuming.In 2009, together with my excellenttrainee Jaclyn Pearson, I ringed363 birds of 23 species. Thismeant starting very early in themorning whenever conditions werefavourable. It was a poor year formigrants and we lacked the calm,dry weather needed for mist-netting.Despite this, we re-trapped reedwarblers that have bred on the sitefor the last three years and confirmedhow very rapidly grounded migrantsWater rail. Photo by Liz GrenfellNews in briefBat walksThe highlights of the Bat Group’syear were the bat walks that attractedunexpectedly large numbers of people(over 50 on St Mary’s in August!). Thewalk on St Agnes in May confirmedthat bats did not seem to have madesuch a comeback here as they hadon other islands, but the reasons areobscure. Anne and Mike Gurr gavean illustrated talk to members of theSt Mary’s Youth Club followed bya bat walk in April, which attractedmuch interest and discussion amongthe youngsters. Although the weatheraccumulate fat reserves, oftendoubling their weight before movingon. A surprise during the few ringingdays we managed in Novemberand December was a catch of71 chiffchaffs in good conditionso late in the year. Amongst thechiffchaffs were some examples ofthe more northern races as shownin the photograph. We also had theopportunity to handle, photographand correctly determine the age andsex of water rails, birds that are moreoften heard than seen.By the time this issue comes out wewill be busy with spring migrants.We hope to find some previouscaptures at Higher Moors that havecompleted another long migrationsuccessfully. We would like also todiscover which, if any, of the moresecretive migrants like grasshopperwarbler or even bluethroat may passthrough. On Scilly of course we arealways on the lookout for surprises,but our main concern is to ring largenumbers of common birds, as thisraises the chances of them being refound,giving us useful informationon the condition, movements and lifeon that evening was so bad that nobats were encountered on the batwalk, the event was neverthelessrated as the highlight of the YouthClub programme that year! A grantfrom the NHS allowed us to equip areasonable number of walkers withreflective jackets and one from theAONB Sustainable Development Fundincreased the number of detectorsavailable on walks.CountryfileIn late November 2009, the BBC Onetelevision programme Countryfilevisited Scilly and shortly afterwardspresented an excellent overview ofNorthern chiffchaff. Photo by Liz Grenfellspan of our common species. But,whatever we catch we can be sure toenjoy this stunning environment fullof birdsong.Jim Askins, Volunteer, Isles of ScillyWildlife TrustJim Askins moved to Scillypermanently in 2008, having beena volunteer with the Trust everyyear since 2002. He trained to ringbirds in Suffolk (all ringers mustbe licensed by the British Trust forOrnithology). He spent the yearsfollowing retirement living andringing migrants on Orford Ness,about as far to the east as it ispossible to get in Britain.both farming and conservation workon the islands. As the Marine andCoastal Access Bill was being discussedin Parliament, it was appropriate thatAngie Gall, our Project Officer for theMarine Biodiversity Project, was onhand to demonstrate the wide diversityof marine life in Scilly’s rock pools. Asa vivid illustration of how conservationwork here can be different from thaton the mainland, David Mawer,Senior Conservation Warden, was seentransporting one of our lovely RedRuby cattle over from St Mary’s toBryher, by boat of course! Other itemshighlighted work on the flower farms,the daily trip for Bryher children goingPage 36 Issue 111 Spring 2010


Shark tagging projectTagged blue shark. Photo by Joe PenderScilly is playing a vital role in an important shark research project, thanks to local skipper Joe PenderIt is mostly the female blue shark(Prionace glauca) that is capturedaround the UK. This shows a definiteseparation of the sexes as they migrateacross the Atlantic. This is just oneof the facts about the blue sharkrevealed through the UK shark taggingprogramme. Scilly has contributedto this research since 1996 when JoePender, skipper of the Sapphire, startedtagging sharks on his pelagic trips.The best time to catch the sharksaround the islands is from Julythrough to mid-September, when thewater temperature is above 14°C. InAugust last year, Joe caught sevenblue sharks in three trips – over eighthours of drifting. 2009 has beena busy year, which Joe puts downpossibly to restrictions in commercialfishing, although this is not a UKwidephenomenon. Dr Ken Collins,who helps to run the programme fromthe National Oceanography Centrein Southampton, says: “restrictionsconcerning sharks are very weak”.The blue sharks that are caught andtagged by Joe Pender are on average50 lb in size, and can reach up to130–150 lb. The largest sharks canbe around eight feet in length. Oncetagged and released, the sharkshave been found as far afield as theAzores and the Cape Verde Islands.Sadly, of those tagged sharks thatare recaptured, most are caught bySpanish long liners fishing for tuna.Once caught, a shark’s weight isrecorded, and a tag inserted justbelow the dorsal fin. If recaptured, theshark will be weighed again so thatgrowth can be recorded. Through theprogramme a greater understandingof the shark’s movements can begained. For instance, if a gravid(pregnant) female is caught, thiscan provide vital information aboutbreeding areas, especially if there arelarge numbers of ‘just pupped’ sizesharks in that area. This informationcan help secure the “declaration ofclosed areas for known puppinggrounds for sharks, where currentlycommercial fishermen can legallycatch tonnes of breeding sharks andjuveniles”. (Dr Ken Collins)The programme is researching allof the larger species of shark foundin British waters, including thecommon smooth hound (Mustelusmustelus), porbeagle (Lamna nasus),tope (Galeorhinus galeus) and mako(Isurus oxyrinchus). All except one ofthe species produce live young, andso are vulnerable to over-exploitationand commercial fishing.Tagging is the only non-destructivemethod for studying shark behaviour,and Joe’s role in the programme isa vital one in the long search forinformation and ultimately, perhaps,the preservation of a species.For more information go towww.ukshark.co.uk.The programme is supported by TheShark Trust and The Shark Alliance.With thanks to Juliet Savigear of TheLondon Diver Magazine and Joe Pender.to school on Tresco and the exchangeof rare plants between Tresco and theRoyal Botanic Garden, Kew.Spring squillSpring squill (Scilla verna) is adelightful little bulbous plant that isfound on coastal sites mainly along thewest of Britain and Europe. The small,blue flowers star coastal grasslandfrom April to late May, but once thedistinctive flowers are over, the narrow,curled, grass-like leaves are onlyobvious for a short while. In Scilly,spring squill has apparently alwaysbeen a local species, being found inany amount only on Bryher, alongwest and south coasts. Two smallpopulations are found on St Mary’s,one near Trenear’s Rock and the otheron Peninnis Head. Although there isa record of over 100 plants on WhiteIsland off St Martin’s in 2004, nonehave been found subsequently. Therehave been no records from the onlyknown site on Tresco at Merchant’sPoint since 1983. Heathlandmanagement work by the Isles of ScillyWildlife Trust has greatly benefitedspring squill. More plants have beenfound on Bryher and the spread of theflowers near Trenear’s Rock appearsdirectly associated with the wideningof the coastal path.Spring squill. Photo by Mike GurrIssue 111 Spring 2010 Page 37


Some Scilly firstsSeasearch dive team. Photo by Angie GallDon’t you have to go to Papua New Guinea or Brazil to find new species these days? Or studysomething so minute that no one else has bothered with it? Actually, no. Our seas here in Scillystill hold secrets for us to discover, and through the Isles of Scilly Marine Biodiversity Project wehave been uncovering some of them.The project has now been running for a year and hasinvolved a wide variety of people, from local fishermenand school children to polychaete worm taxonomists andeven a German film crew.During our recent Seasearch diving survey week, spongeexpert Dr Claire Goodwin from National MuseumsNorthern Ireland coached other members of the teamin the collection and preservation of sponges. Over 260sponges were sampled that week. Sponges are importantcomponents of marine habitats; they are simple animalsthat normally live attached to rock. In places, Scilly hasfantastic ‘sponge gardens’, often interspersed with fragileand beautiful sea fan corals.There have been a number of other exciting species foundon the dives, like a rare sea squirt, called a miniature seatulip, and the delicately beautiful lacy hydroid. A newsite was discovered for the rare sunset coral, which wesampled for part of a genetic study. The wonderfullynamed Discodoris rosi sea slug was recorded for only thethird time in the UK.But it is not all about finding new and rare species. Withthe new Marine Act in place we are embarking on theprocess of determining which areas will need protectionTwo of the sponges analysed by Dr Goodwin haveproved to be new to the UK; there are no previousrecords for these species here. One of them is likely tobe new to science altogether – thrilling for all involved.Dr Goodwin said, “Axinella flustra is a species with asouthern distribution for which there are only a handfulof records; it has not been previously recorded in the UK.I am very excited to have discovered this and the other,possibly undescribed, Axinella species in Scilly. Thesefinds demonstrate the importance and uniqueness of theScilly sponge communities”.Discodoris rosi. Photo by Angie GallPage 38 Issue 111 Spring 2010


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