Return visit to Truscott ponds

18/08/2018 - 10:00am
18/08/2018 - 1:00pm
Contact:
Jen B 01566 782661 or email: jenbousfield@gmail.com
Event Leader:
Sue, Joe and others
Meeting:
Close to Higher Truscott at SX311858 Post code: PL15 8LA

Can't believe it is three years and one month since we did the pond surveys at Truscott. And of course this year, with such hot and dry weather, are the ponds still watered?

Joe reports that the old pond is very low and silted but the newer pond has a good depth of water in it still. For those who did not visit last time, the pond and larger verge have a history as a drovers road and this was an area to stop and water the livestock.

The evening before, Mary & Tony will set up their moth lamps, as will Joe so if anyone is interested in joining them for an hour or two, you are welcome. They will save the most interesting moths for us to view on the Saturday morning and then, after a cuppa, we will set to and record all we can in and around the ponds and hedges. 

Joe can offer hot water etc for refreshments, we will bring cake and bring a packed lunch if you would like to stay on longer. And, important after handling pond water, washing facilities etc are close at hand.

We have quite a number of pond dipping nets and equipment and will bring other nets and beating trays. We need expert entomologists really but we'll do our best and take photos.  

Best to say no dogs because of other animals close by. 

Directions because this is an interesting place to find ~

From the Newport area in Launceston, take the B3254 towards Bude then turn off left at the top of the hill opposite St.Stephen's church. Take the second turning to Truscott, not the first one at the cross-roads and follow the lane down keeping left. There are two sharp bends before you drop down the hill and the ponds will be on your right. Just past the ponds, look out for the first house on the left which is where we will park opposite in the layby and grassy verge. Please do not park by the ponds. The post code is PL15 8LA but as we all know, this might cover a large area...!

 

Equipment & Booking:
Dress for the weather as usual, waterproofs, wellies (waders?), sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent! Packed lunch if staying; notebook, camera/phone, field guides, binoculars, lenses. No dogs.