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Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Celebration at Trebah Garden May 9th/10th

It's a long trek down to Trebah Gardens on the Fal estuary but a good day out in a beautiful location with lots of interest for everyone who is interested in wildlife.

Basically it is on both Saturday and Sunday 11-4 in the wonderful gardens at Trebah.

The Great British Bee Count...!

More citizen science and this month, May, is the month to count and ID the bees you see.

This has been organised by Friends of the Earth and you do need a smart phone to down load the app (i-phone or android) but it is quite good with clear pictures and the ability to upload pictures of any bee you cannot identify.

There's also a two minute timed bee count when you just watch an area of about one metre square and just count the number of bees but then of course, that will all depend on the kinds of flowers you're staring at!

Spring!?

I think most will agree that this year, spring is being rather tardy and it's only the last few days that we've noticed the grass growing.

However Wednesday, March 18th was a lovely day here after a ground frost overnight and out came the bees and the butterflies~ in the space of an hour, Comma, Peacock and Brimstone (male & female) butterflies were flying and Buff-tailed, White-tailed, Early and Tree Bumblebees were feeding on the spring flowering shrubs.

Siskin numbers low but all is well!

Unusually for us, no Siskins appeared in the garden until the end of December and even now numbers are low, 2 to 4 when in the past we have counted 30+. The Lesser Redpoll were seen in the garden a couple of weeks before the Siskin.

Thanks to the BTO, we now have an answer~ apparently there's been a good seed harvest from Sitka Spruce and of course our valley has plantations not far away. At least this is good news and no dire disease has struck.

An Act for Nature

See below for a link to a new 'manifesto' ~ political in the widest possible sense but produced by the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB.

For anyone interested in and concerned about the natural environment, this gives a certain rationale to why we should care for it and emphasises the benefits to humankind (and the planet???).

Worth having a look at, click here to link to the web-page from which you can download the pdf documents. 

Osprey

On Thursday 16th October, whilst traveling from Altarnun to Bowithick with some friends from Australia, I noticed a large bird sitting on a big post in a field just off the road we were on.  Having backed up the car to get a better look, I knew that it was a bird with which I was not familiar, but I did have an idea as to what it could be.  Upon getting out of the car the bird was suddenly mobbed by a sparrowhawk, and obviously deciding that it was not welcome, nor wishing to become a tourist attraction, it flew off.  It was huge, quite magnificent and a wonderful sight.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Discovery Day on November 8th.

A lot of us are already members of CWT (of which we are a local group) but for those who are not, or who may be thinking of joining, they are holding their annual Discovery Day right down in Penzance this year on Saturday November 8th.

National Moth Nights, our results

For those of you who are interested in moths, I have inserted a new page into our Moth Study Group section with images and a list of species recorded.

Click here to link

The section on recording moths in Cornwall has also been up-dated (click here to link)with information from Leon Truscott, our County Moth Recorder. 

CWT & Cornwall Today Magazine Wildlife Awards

As a local group of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, we are asked to support their nomination for the Cornwall Today Wildlife Award which is dependent on our (and the public's) votes.

If you would like to give your support and recognise the work they do and we do through this local gropup then please vote ~ THE DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST!

Click here to link to www.cornwalltoday.co.uk/vote-here/ 

Thank you! 

Rare moth

Least Carpet caught in Robinson light trapI

This little moth was caught in a Robinson light trap on 21st July 2014 in my garden at Rezare.

I identified it as a Least Carpet and then had it verified by Mary Atkinson and then we both had it verified by Leon Truscott, the Cornwall County Moth Recorder.

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