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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! 

Cornish Mammal Conference, 1st October, Penryn

A bit out of our area but several of us belong to the CMG.

Organised by the Cornwall Mammal Group & University of Exeter, this takes place down at the Penryn Tremough Campus, TR10 9FE on Saturday, October 1st.

Talks, discussions and networking opportunities for all about mammals as diverse as badgers, seals, water voles and beavers and more. Lunch. tea and coffee will all be provided.

Big Butterfly Count 15 July to 7 August

Just to remind everyone about the butterfly count organised by Butterfly Conservation. It has already started but hopefully, if the weather stays reasonable, it should be possible to get a few counts in. And as you probably know, you can count anywhere (don't trespass!), not just in your garden or field.

To link to the web-site, click here

If we have some decent weather and can plan a week ahead, it would be good to have a group count at a venue?  

First and possibly only ever sighting?

I am thrilled to say that Eric and I have been lucky enough to see a Dartford Warbler whilst out walking.  Ok so we are in Finistere, Brittany, but from what I gather, they are pretty rare here too.  We were in an area known as the Menez Hom which is covered with pines and gorse and we heard it first, then watched it for some time - in fact there may have been more than one. and possibly a nest.  I did have a camera with me, but also two dogs, so it didn't come near enough for me to get a picture.  I may go out again on my own and try again.

 

Greenscombe reserve butterflies

Apparently, this is the best year for a long time to see the Heath Fritillary butterflies according to Richard who monitors the population.

Heath Fritillary, male       Heath Fritillary, female 

The demise of botanical science and why we must not disregard plants!

Pete spotted an article by Michael McCarthy in the Guardian this week about the end of botany as a degree subject at university and why plants are no longer 'cool' when our very survival depends on them. He also describes a new 'State of the World's Plants' publication from Kew and how this may become a global voice for plants.

You can read both online and download the Kew publication which is illustrated and quite readable (but not all 84 pages at once!).

cuckoos

Glad to hear cuckoos back at Laneast over the last couple of weeks - at least 2 birds in the woodland above Gimbletts Mill. Lots of bats out taking advantage of the warmer evenings as well.

First dormice of the year?

This was my reward for not being able to do the Brown Willy walk!

First dormouse nest box check here this month and found these two, torpid still in a box in the field hedgerow. Both female, the larger, heavier but thinner one was 19.5g and the smaller only 12g but she was fatter and still with grey juvenile fur. If they can brave the cool temperatures at night there is food around~ flowers buds (plenty on the oaks), catkins and the first caterpillars. 

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