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My own private springwatch moment!

Up early this morning to attend to the moth trap which took ages because the catch was so good. Just before five I saw two wrens, one with a moth in its beak... Before I could say 'shame', two layers of beaks poked out from the open fronted nest box by the old sheep pen, then one shot out and the rest exploded out of the box. I think there were seven. Their first flight took them about three feet (a metre) across the steps.

All so quick and in minutes, the adults had herded them away into the dense hedge alongside.

Moths in June now with more photos!

The National Moth Nights from 14th to 16th June are focussing on the Pyralid group of Micro moths this year.

Speckled Yellow Moth

Day-flying moths are noticeable during summer walks: the brightly chequered black and yellow Speckled Yellow (right) is often disturbed from vegetation.

LAPWG membership, important!

I have contacted everyone on my email list so should have included all who have shown active interest/support in the last couple of years.

But I am conscious that there may be others who originally had a login for this website and follow our activities without making any direct contact.

A new website is planned before the autumn which not hold personal details so we now have a membership form which includes GDPR options and consents.

Cuckoos, swifts and swallows

If anyone is feeling bereft at not hearing a cuckoo this year, we heard two calling around Kilmar and Hawks Tor yesterday and they may well still be on Kit Hill where they were first heard by Peter C on April 19th. Craddock Moor is another area that you can walk to from Minions.

But there is now concern about the lack of Swifts this year and they were not at Truro cattle market when we were at the Hardy Plant Sale three weeks ago. We noted 7 flying down above the river Lynher mid month and saw one at Pentire Head. So worth noting and sending in records.

Old Rectory garden, St.Juliot, Boscastle, open for CWT

One of the gardens opening in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust this year and it's quite close by for some of us!

A lovely garden with a Thomas Hardy connection and especially beautiful at this time of year. 

Open from 2-5pm. £5 entry and there will be teas etc available. 

All the details are on the CWT website, click here to link to a new page. 

IMPORTANT~ act swiftly...!

Some of us will have already heard about this but Cornwall Wildlife Trust have a page where you can read more and then link to two government consultations for the public to respond and give their opinions about farming and the countryside and also planning regulations. Open spaces, wildlife sites, parks and the future of the countryside may all be affected.

Click here to link to the information provided by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and do respond and have your say~ it will count! 

Moths in May

The warm spell towards the end of April brought everything on with a rush. Moths responded, with some species hanging on and other, later species emerging early.

Beautiful Golden-Y moth

Look out for the Beautiful Golden Y, its sumptuous pattern not to be confused with Silver Y or Plain Golden Y.

Red Kite

Red Kite spotted near Duchy College Saturday 21 April 2018 about 3.30 - 4.00 our first sighting in Cornwall.

Dormice feeding!

A hungry dormouse fed well on sunflower seed kernels last night at the feeding station at the top of the garden near the wood.

I began to put food out last week but only signs of wood mice. Yesterday I found that the organic red apple had been nibbled to the skin which is usually a sign of dormice but there there were no droppings.

However this morning, there were a lot and judging from the size, this was an adult, not a juvenile from last autumn.


First one through here in Middlewood (but did not stay) on Monday April 2nd then serious song on the 4th and now they are calling all day!

But late compared to previous years. 

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