Orchids & butterflies around Tresellern Marsh, North Hill

04/06/2017 - 11:00am
04/06/2017 - 3:30pm
Contact:
Jen Bousfield 01566 782661 or email jenbousfield@gmail.com
Event Leader:
Jen & Pete Bousfield
Meeting:
Along the side of the road just past North Bowda SX245 773 PL15 7PE

Although the timing is difficult and a lot will depend on the weather, we have an opportunity to visit Tresellern Marsh on the eastern side of Bodmin moor to see the display of orchids that the farmer, Maurice Hoskin is so justly proud of. This will be a good time to check for butterflies, especially the Marsh Fritillary, one of the key species in the new 'All the Moor Butterflies' (Butterfly Conservation) project and not too late to look out for Small Pearl-borders. 

There should be lots of other plants in flower and insects and birds. We may even hear the cuckoo! 

The plan is to walk along the lane to the farm and down to the marsh. It will be wet, very wet in places so wellies essential unless you bring footwear to change into afterwards. We'll spend about an hour or so then return back up to the cars to have a picnic lunch on the side of the open moor. 

In the afternoon, I suggest we walk down past the Bastreet water works and over the footbridge to the other side of the Withy Brook and then, keeping an eye out for more butterflies, head up to Trewortha Tor, along to King Arthur's Bed, around and back above the stream to the bridge and track up to the road.

Hopefully something of interest to most of us with a bit of a brisk walk in places. It's possible to join us for just the morning or afternoon but please let me know if you are arriving later so we know to wait or look out for you.

Dress for the weather on the day, remember it is usually colder up on the moor. Wellies, suncream and tick repellent recommended!

Bring a packed lunch, drink etc., and because of farm livestock and nesting birds, no dogs.

IF THE WEATHER FORECAST IS POOR WE WILL CANCEL! Keep an eye on this webpage to check nearer the time. If we do have to cancel, we may try for the following Sunday which is the 11th, perhaps just for the morning. 

 

Equipment & Booking:
Clothing to suit the weather and moorland walking; wellies for the marsh (walking sticks might be useful); packed lunch, drink, camera/phone; binoculars, note book.