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Stella Turk MBE. A tribute from Mary Atkinson

Stella Turk MBE
‘We lived in the crevices between the books’ Stella once said. This, for me, epitomises her. You may not have come across Stella Maris Turk, icon of the recording world in Cornwall for many decades, but her influence pervades every aspect of natural history conservation and recording in Cornwall.

Cuckoo and Wheatears

Up on Kit Hill this  morning for a lovely walk in warm sunshine.  Heard our first Cuckoo of the year on the northern side of the hill.  Unfortunately by the time we had walked around to that side, it had ceased to call.  However, we did see several Wheatear which were very close to us, affording us some great views of them. Sadly we missed the Ring Ouzel which was reported as being seen there a few days ago.  I am yet to see one, a bird on my "bucket list".

The Big Bluebell Watch

Bluebells near Notter Tor

The Woodland Trust is asking us to map bluebells this spring! Bit of a daunting task because we are so well favoured in our area but we need to them on the map. mine is the only one between launceston and Liskeard at the moment so hopefully, that will soon change! By the time we've checked the dormouse box sites next week, there will be a lot more.



Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week is from April 30th to May 6th. Click here for more information.  


Saw my first Swallow of 2017 in Rezare, resting on overhead cables.   Also no more Starlings visiting the garden anymore - so as far as I am concerned winter is over.



Signs of Spring?

The sun is only just beginning to shine down into our little valley so spring is never early here and compared to the previous two years, we are running late!

Two queen bees last week: a superb Tree Bumble Bee, Bombus pratorum and then a Buff-Tailed, B.terrestris. Quite a different 'buzz'. I think that the frogs have completed their spawning and so far the spawn has not been severely frosted which is good.

Devil's Fingers discovered by Sue~

Sue Morey showed us some photos she took of a very strange fungus she found near St.Clether and has sent some photos for this forum. (Thanks Sue). Its scientific name is Clathrus archeri.

Big Garden Bird Watch is 28-30 of January 2017

Advance notice! Keep a couple of hours free over the 28-30 January 2017.

This is one of two great all embracing citizen science surveys that take place all over the UK. (The other is the Big Butterfly count in July & August). Because of the numbers recording and being recorded, over the years trends are appearing that make us wonder. the weather as always, will play a big part but we can all do our bit.

And it's also National Mammal Week! 22-30 October!

This is the National Mammal Week organised and promoted by the Mammal Society.More details on their web-site (link from here) where you can download the free Mammal Tracker App for smart phones (not so good if you live where there's no signal...!) but the information on it is good.

Our own Cornwall Mammal Group has its AGM and talk down at Chacewater on October 26th ~ link to their web-site herefor more information. 

Wild About Gardens Week 24-30 October

The Royal Horticultural Society, Wildlife Trusts and the Bat Conservation Trust are working together on this year's theme of bats and gardens with resources to download.

Use this link to the home page from which you can find out more. There is an event for CWT's Fox Club on Friday 28th at Launceston but I cannot find out where; you need to contact the organiser for details and obviously, it is really for children! 

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