Wildlife surveys at Luckett & East Kit Hill mine (ECMHA)

23/05/2017 - 10:00am
23/05/2017 - 4:00pm
01579 370411 or email: carolinevulliamy@hotmail.com
Event Leader:
Caroline Vulliamy
Luckett car park down by the bridge PL17 8NJ or map ref: SX389737

This event has been organised by Caroline for the East Cornwall Mining History Association (ECMHA) to explore and record the natural history around two, actually three, mining areas below Kit Hill and near Luckett village. Caroline asked us to join in to help and we will have addtional involvement from the Cornwall Mammal Group and Botanical Cornwall. The rest of us should be able to manage the bird life and butterflies, veteran tree measuring, and maybe more!

One is the area around the miners cottages on the edge of the village. There is a remaining part of the deerpark plus the old 'gardens'; the second is East Kit Hill mine near Sevenstones, up the hill from Luckett and on the eastern slope of the Hill. And the third is the larger area out from the Luckett mine. 

The outline programme which may be subject to change depending on the weather is as follows~

All meet in the car park at 10am

Caroline will give a short introduction to the day followed by reports from the previous evening surveys on bats (Tony Atkinson); mammals (Dave Groves); moths (Mary Atkinson).

We will then split into two groups to visit the two smaller sites, returning to the car park at around 12 noon.

Picnic lunch in the parking area alongside the stream. Best to bring your own but there may be some cake to share. And there will be a chance to examine some of the moths trapped during the night before they are released back at the sites.

After one o'clock, Caroline will take us over to the larger mining site near Luckett, where we can either divide up into interest groups to carry out further surveys or just walk around with Caroline to hear about the fascinating history of the site and see how the new habitats are developing.

We will then return to the car park for a brief summing up at the end of the afternoon at around 4pm. 

There is more historical information about the sites on the ECMHA website (Click here to link

Equipment & Booking:
Outdoor clothing to suit the weather; good walking boots; packed lunch and drink; field kit such as notebook, binoculars, camera/phone etc. Sun cream if sunny(!); insect repellent.