Cornwall Wildlife Trust Diary of Events


LATE SEPTEMBER 97 TO JANUARY 98

Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ. Telephone: (01872) 273939
All are welcome to attend.
Donations from non-members would be appreciated. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ADULTS.

SEPTEMBER

Monday 15
TAMAR BRANCH
WINTER MEETING
Parkhouse Centre, Bude 7.30pm
Speaker not yet arranged. Sorry, no more details!

Tuesday 16
CARN BREA MINING SOCIETY
THE REJUVENATION OF THE ROYAL GEOLOGICAL
SOCIETY MUSEUM
Geological Museum, Penzance 7.30pm
Talk by Colin Sparrow. Please bring £1 as a donation to the museum. Contact Mark Arrow (01872)
865135

Saturday 20
PENWITH BRANCH
WILDLIFE GARDENING
Trust Shop, 2 Market Place, Penzance
10.00am to 4.00pm
On entering Penzance, travel up the main street. The shop is near to the top on the left-hand side. Learn about the best ways to encourage wildlife into your garden. Tea and coffee provided. Bring packed lunch, notebook and pencil. Cost £8 per person. You must book in advance. Leader Terry Geater. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824

FOX CLUB AND WATCH
BEACHED WHALE RESCUE
Sennen Beach, near Land s End 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Park in the beach car park and look for us half way along the beach. Not a real whale, but one we will build to life size and then ride out to sea as the tide comes in. Then we will warm ourselves up with a beach barbecue. Bring garden spades and your own barbecue food and drink. Leader Nick Tregenza. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Sunday 21
PENWITH BRANCH
ROCK-POOL SEARCH
Cape Cornwall 2.00pm to 4.30pm approx.
Meet on the beach. SW351316
Follow the tide down (low tide at 3.00pm) and find Cornish sucker fish, crabs, worms, anemones and lots of other creatures and weeds in the rock pools. Bring wellies. A small white or transparent container might be handy for examining things, and a hand lens or magnifying glass if you have one. Leader Nick Tregenza (01736) 711783

Saturday 27
OTTER GROUP
OTTER GROUP FIELD MEETING
Paradise Park, Hayle 11.00am to 3.00-4.00pm
Meet at Paradise Park. SW556367
An opportunity to see captive Eurasian, American river and Asian short-clawed otters. Also, to visit local sites to check for signs of otters. Bring your own lunch or, alternatively, refreshments can be purchased at Paradise Park. It would be appreciated if members would contact me a week or so prior to the event to "book in" as it were. Contact David Curtis (01579) 370427

RIGS GROUP / ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CORNWALL
FAL VALLEY - THROUGH THE GRANITE
1.00pm to 5.00pm
Meet at MacDonald s car park, Fraddon. A coach will be provided by ECC - numbers limited to 40. SW909572
Geological faulting along Fal Valley fault, china clay geology, minerals, fauna and flora of china clay landscape. Bring hard hat (if possible) and waterproof footwear (with toe protectors if possible). Leaders I Bowditch, C Bristow, J Howe, A Spalding and R Murphy It is essential to book in advance as numbers limited by coach size. Contact Colin Bristow (01726) 812252

Sunday 28
CARADON BRANCH / CARADON FIELD CLUB / NORTH CORNWALL NATURAL HISTORY CLUB FUNGUS FORAY
Cabilla & Redrice Woods Nature Reserve, near Bodmin 2.00pm Entrance to woods and sawmill on minor road. Turn north off A38, 1/2 mile east of Bodmin Parkway railway station. Lay-by 400 yards on right. SX128653
A chance to see this prestigious new Trust reserve which should be rich in fungus. Bring a basket. Leader Richard Vulliamy Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve, near Bodmin
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance by forestry gate. Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
Clearing vegetation from one of the few (and therefore important) ponds on the site. Bring waterproof clothing, packed lunch and stout footwear or wellies. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

Monday 29
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
Trust HQ, Allet, near Truro 7.00pm to 9.00pm
HQ is on B3284, 4 miles north of Truro. SW794486
A ten-week course for beginners or those with some ability (only eight sessions in the diary - please call for details of last two). We will cover pencil drawing, watercolour and other painting, media techniques, colour mixing, perspective etc. Please bring HB and 2B pencils and drawing pad to the first session. Cost £2.50 per session. Please call to book. (Latecomers can join the group at any time during the course.) Leader Terry Geater. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

OCTOBER

Saturday 4
RIGS GROUP / ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CORNWALL
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OF PENRYN BYPASS
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Field trip. You must book in advance.
Leader Richard Hocking. Contact Trust HQ (01872) 273939

Sunday 5
CAMEL BRANCH / NORTH CORNWALL HERITAGE COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE FUNGI FORAY
Lanhydrock 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Meet at Lanhydrock main car park. SX086642
Woodland walk to see unusual and interesting fungi. Contact Charlie David (01208) 261239

CARADON BRANCH / CARADON COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE
SEARCHING FOR SEAWEEDS
Hannafore, West Looe 10.00am to 3.30pm
Meet at the Coastguard Station, Hannafore. SX256523
A look at the wide variety of shapes and colours of seaweeds exposed by today s very low equinoctial spring tide. Bring stout footwear and warm clothing. Leader Joy Etherington. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

Monday 6
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September


Wednesday 8
CORNWALL BIRD WATCHING AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
Students lecture hall, Treliske Hospital, Truro 7.30pm
An illustrated talk by Peter "Seabird" Harrison, author of the highly acclaimed book Seabirds.
He will be talking about the first-ever fly-in emperor penguin expedition, led by himself and his wife Shirley Metz in November »94. Park in the visitors car park. The lecture hall is on the right as you walk towards the main hospital reception area. Refreshments available and goods on sale.
This is a ticket-only event - £2 each. All cheques payable to CBWPS please. Send SAE to Dave Thomas, Mirador, Whitecross, Newquay, TR8 4LW - tel (01726) 861093.

Sunday 12
PARC TASK
LOGGAN S MOOR PRACTICAL WORK
Loggan s Moor Nature Reserve 10.30am on site
The reserve entrance is just off the B3301, east of Hayle. Lifts from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am. SW575390
We shall be reed cutting. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Monday 13
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP
MONTHLY MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet 7.30pm
All Trust members welcome. An illustrated talk by Howard Miles on celestial photography, including the comet. Bring any of your own photos of the comet. Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839

Tuesday 14
CARN BREA MINING SOCIETY
MINING FROM TV ARCHIVES
Camborne School of Mines 7.00pm
Archive film from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Cornish mining from TSW archives introduced by Graham Spink. Contact Mark Arrow (01872) 865135

CARADON BRANCH
WILD FLOWERS OF CRETE
Stuart House, Liskeard 7.30pm
Meet at Stuart House, Barras Street in Liskeard town centre, next to the library. Illustrated talk from an expert botanist on his favourite area of the Mediterranean. Leader Tim Dingle. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

Saturday 18
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The date for this meeting has had to be changed from previously advertised - please see Saturday 8th

November.

RIGS GROUP / ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CORNWALL
SPIT BEACH TO FISHING POINT 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Meet at Spit beach car park, near Par harbour.
Field trip. SX073528
Leader Colin Bristow


FOX CLUB AND WATCH / KERNOW- SCOPES
MAMMAL OPEN DAY
Kernow- Scopes, Wadebridge 10.00am to 4.00pm
Heading for Wadebridge from Truro, turn right after Royal Cornwall Showground. Go down hill to main roundabout by Tregonning Garage, and turn left. Turn right at next mini roundabout and find shop after about 200 yards on right.
Call into the shop today and you will see more than the usual range of telescopes, binoculars and the like, as we will be inviting some of our furry friends to come in and meet the public. Contact Anita Dunstan (01208) 812883

Sunday 19 CARADON BRANCH
DORMOUSE SURVEY
Armstrong Wood Nature Reserve, near Launceston 2.00pm
Entrance to reserve is down track at Pear Tree Farm, Lower Trebullet. SX322774
Our annual inspection of the dormouse boxes with reserve warden and licensed dormouse worker Steve Robbins. Leaders Charles and Steve Robbins. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve, near Bodmin
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance by forestry gate. Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
We shall be installing finger posts to assist access to the reserve. Bring packed lunch, waterproof clothing and stout footwear or wellies. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

FOX CLUB AND WATCH
MEET A MAMMAL
Trust HQ, Allet, near Truro 2.00pm to 4.00pm
SW794486
We ll be asking some of our mammal expert friends to come and show us the creatures they are working to protect. NB This event will take place outdoors. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

FOX CLUB AND WATCH
WOODLAND WALK AND DELIGHTFUL DORMICE!
Armstrong Wood Nature Reserve
2.00pm to 4.00pm approx.
Take the A388 south from Launceston to Treburley (approx. 31/2 miles). Turn right at Springer Spaniel pub and follow this road for 11/2miles to Trebullett. Turn left at the crossroads at Trebullett and the reserve is half a mile down this road on your right. Look for our signs. SX321773
A woodland walk looking for signs of dormice. Leaders Steve and Mary Robbins. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Monday 20
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September


TAMAR BRANCH
WINTER MEETING
Parkhouse Centre, Bude 7.30pm
Speaker not yet arranged. Sorry, no more details!

Wednesday 22
LAUNCESTON BRANCH
RIVERS AND STREAMS OF NORTH CORNWALL
Central Methodist Hall, Launceston 8.00pm
What is happening to the water quality of our local rivers and streams? Who and what depends on them? What is the current status of wildlife using these habitats? Who cares? Is there a role for Trust members to play? ...come and find out for yourselves. Leader Sonia Thurley, Environment Agency Contact Brian Stringer (01566) 774902

RIGS GROUP / ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CORNWALL
THE CORNISH COAST
Cornish Coastal Environmental Research Forum
9.00am to 5.00pm. There is a registration fee.
Contact Jean Taylor (01209) 714866

Thursday 23
RIGS GROUP / ROYAL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CORNWALL
THE CORNISH COAST
Cornish Coastal Environmental Research Forum
9.00am to 5.00pm. There is a registration fee.
Contact Jean Taylor (01209) 714866


Saturday 25
PENWITH AND KERRIER BRANCHES
FUNGUS FORAY
Pendarves Wood Nature Reserve 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Park in lane opposite reserve entrance and meet at hut inside reserve. SW41377.
Bring container for finds.
Leader Barry Candy (01326) 312601

PENWITH BRANCH
GARDEN BIRDS AND BOXES
Trust Shop, 2 Market Place, Penzance
10.00am to 4.00pm
On entering Penzance, travel up the main street. The shop is near to the top on the left-hand side. How to identify birds in your garden by sight and sound, and nest-box making. Tea and coffee provided. Bring packed lunch, notebook and pencil. A hammer will also be useful. Cost £12 per person. You must book in advance. Leader Terry Geater. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824

Sunday 26
PARC TASK
LOGGAN S MOOR PRACTICAL WORK
Loggan s Moor Nature Reserve
10.30 am on site
The reserve entrance is just off the B3301, east of Hayle. Lifts from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am. SW575390
We shall be reed cutting. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Tuesday 28
RESTORMEL BRANCH
FLORA AND FAUNA OF OLAND, SWEDEN /
FLOWERS OF CRETE
Griffin Hotel, Newquay 7.30pm. SW815617
Illustrated talks on two botanically rich islands. Bar open, and tea and coffee available. Collection will be taken. All welcome. Leaders Dave Thomas and Hazel Meredith
Contact Dave Thomas (01726) 861093

NOVEMBER

Monday 3
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September

Saturday 8
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Philbrick Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro 2.00pm
The formal business will be followed by a talk on "Cornwall and the Atlantic Arc: Our Widening Horizons"
by Dr Chris Page. Dr Page is an evolutionary biologist with a broad range of interests in natural history and geology. He was on the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for 25 years. Retiring to Cornwall, he has become an active member of the Trust and chairs the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders. All welcome. Please note change of date from 18th October. Contact Trust HQ (01872) 273939

CORNWALL BIRD WATCHING AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY
NATURE RESERVES AND NATIONAL PARKS OF RUSSIA
Students lecture hall, Treliske Hospital, Truro 7.30pm
An illustrated talk by Dr Algirdas Knystautas, whose book The Natural History of the USSR was highly acclaimed and who contributed towards the BBC TV series The Realm of the Russian Bear. Tonight we will be seeing some of these outstanding wildlife reserves for the first time. Park in the visitors car park. The lecture hall is on the right as you walk towards the main hospital reception area. Refreshments available and goods on sale. This is a ticket-only event - £2 each. All cheques payable to CBWPS please. Send SAE to Dave Thomas, Mirador, Whitecross, Newquay, TR8 4LW - tel (01726) 861093.

Sunday 9
PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance by forestry gate, Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
The rhododendron at Cabilla is not, unlike some other sites, at the impenetrable thicket stage - yet! The few mature plants that are there are now spreading seedlings throughout the wood and it is vital that we remove these now before they become a serious problem. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

CARADON PARC TASK
PENLEE BATTERY PRACTICAL WORK
Penlee Battery Nature Reserve
10.00am on site
On the Millbrook road for Cawsand and Rame, turn left in Rame just before the church and follow the road for nearly a mile. SX439492
We shall be clearing scrub to maintain the important open grassland areas of the reserve. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Steve Christmas
Contact Steve Christmas (01752) 813320 or Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Monday 10
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP
MONTHLY MEETING / ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet 7.30pm
Slides or prints taken in the last 12 months. Flora and fauna up to five slides or prints in each category. Entries to reach Five Acres by Monday 3rd November. Open to all Trust members.
Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839

CORNWALL BIRD WATCHING AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY
A NATURALIST S JOURNEY ACROSS RUSSIA
7.30pm
Meet at the car park behind the Shire House, Bodmin. SX072667
As Saturday 8th, but Dr Kynstautas will be showing slides of Russia's outstanding landscapes from the world s largest forest, mountains, canyons and the frozen north to the deserts and steppes. A chance not to be missed. Cost £1.50 per person. Refreshments available and goods on sale. All welcome. Contact Dave Thomas (01726) 861093

Tuesday 11
CARADON BRANCH
AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL ROLES
Stuart House, Liskeard 7.30pm
Meet at Stuart House, Barras Street in Liskeard town centre, next to the library.
An illustrated talk by Director Trevor Edwards about the rapidly increasing work of the Trust, covering the two approaches to the work of The Wildlife Trusts - the amateur and the professional roles. To be followed by an open session of questions and discussion. Members from other branches are most welcome to attend. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

Wednesday 12
RIGS GROUP FIELD TRIP AND AGM
St Erth Pits 10.00am, Camborne School of Mines 2.00pm
The unveiling of the information board at St Erth Pits will be followed by a visit to Great Wheal Fortune SSSI and RIGS.
The AGM itself will feature an illustrated talk on RIGS six years on: achievements, problems and solutions. Followed by tea. All welcome. Contact Trust HQ (01872) 273939

Friday 14
CAMEL BRANCH
AGM / WHALES AND DOLPHINS IN CORNWALL
Wadebridge Town Hall 7.30pm to 9.30pm approx. Illustrated talk by Nick Tregenza follows AGM. Contact Brian Wright (01208) 814138

Sunday 16
PARC TASK
NANSMELLYN MARSH PRACTICAL WORK
Nansmellyn Marsh Nature Reserve 10.30am on site
Meet at the reserve entrance in Perranporth at 10.30am.
Lifts from Five Acres at 10.00am or Truro railway station at 10.15am are available. SW762543
We shall be reed cutting. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Monday 17
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September


TAMAR BRANCH
WINTER MEETING
Parkhouse Centre, Bude 7.30pm
Speaker not yet arranged. Sorry, no more details!

Tuesday 18
CARN BREA MINING SOCIETY
HISTORY OF CAMBORNE SCHOOL OF MINES
Camborne School of Mines 7.00pm
Historical talk by Lawrence Piper, ex-Principal at Cornwall College. Contact Mark Arrow (01872) 865135

RESTORMEL BRANCH
AGM / PAINTING VOLCANOES
The Griffin Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay 7.30pm.
AGM followed by illustrated talk from Tony Forster. Tony will be talking about his latest travels from the Andes to Hawaii, Montserrat and then up to Mount St Helens and Mount Renier in North America to paint these still active volcanoes. Contact Dave Thomas (01726) 861093

Saturday 22
LAUNCESTON BRANCH / FOX CLUB AND WATCH
TALES OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
Polapit Tamar Mansion, near Launceston 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Look for signs on the B3254 Launceston to Bude road
at Ladycross, just north of Yeolmbridge. SX333894
Bring all the family to listen to some fascinating tales about life and times in the country, in front of a roaring log fire in this lovely old mansion. Should the horse or the rat be the king of the farm? How the farm labourer conned his way to a regular cooked breakfast, and many others. Bring your own seating in the form of cushions or folding chairs. Leader Clive Fairweather
Contact Brian Stringer (01566) 774902

PENWITH BRANCH
COFFEE MORNING / BRING-AND-BUY
Penzance Shop 10.30am to 12.00 noon
Meet at top of Market Jew Street (next to Holland and Barrett).
Coffee and biscuits 50p. Have a break from the shopping and pick up some Christmas goodies. Contributions for the bring-and-buy welcomed. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824

Sunday 23
PARC TASK
NANSMELLYN MARSH PRACTICAL WORK
Nansmellyn Marsh Nature Reserve 10.30am on site
Meet at the reserve entrance in Perranporth at 10.30am.
Lifts from Five Acres at 10.00am or Truro railway station at 10.15am are available. SW762543
We shall be reed cutting. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

CARADON PARC TASK
TINCOMBE PRACTICAL WORK
Tincombe Nature Reserve 10.00am on site
From the B3271 Callington Road in Saltash, turn down Church Road by the fire station. Then take the second right (Castlemead Drive) and first left into Maybrook Drive. Access to the reserve is across an open area of grass 200 metres down this road from Tincombe Road. SX415 588
Come along to help us repair the boardwalk, clear out the pond and remove some of the unwanted scrub. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leaders David and Gail Cory
Contact David Cory (01579) 347445 or Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Monday 24
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September

Saturday 29
FOX CLUB AND WATCH
A THRILLER IN CABILLA
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve, near Bodmin
5.00pm to 8.00pm
On A38, going east towards Dobwalls, pass the Bodmin Parkway sign (on bend) and take next left (signed to Cardinham), by White Lodge. Cross bridge and look for us on right. SX129652
We re offering a "dark woods experience" as part of our first visit to this important new reserve. Bring a drink and some barbecue food. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Sunday 30
FOX CLUB AND WATCH
FUN WITH TREES
Tehidy Country Park, Camborne 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Meet in North Cliff car park on B3301 Hayle to Portreath Road. SW640437
Trees and woodlands are there to be enjoyed, as well as being vital to our health and our wildlife. We are sure you will enjoy what we have planned for your afternoon in the woods. You must book in advance. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance by forestry gate, Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
Celebrate National Tree Week by cutting trees down! The chance to do some cropping, burning and maybe even some dead hedging. Bring waterproof clothing, packed lunch and stout footwear. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

DECEMBER

Monday 1
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September


Tuesday 2
CARADON BRANCH / CARADON FIELD CLUB
LICHENS OF SOUTH-EAST CORNWALL
Stuart House, Liskeard 7.30pm
Meet at Stuart House, Barras Street in Liskeard town centre, next to the library.
Illustrated talk from local expert. An introduction to the rich lichen flora of our area. See also Sunday 7th December. Leader Bob Hidgson. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

Saturday 6
RESTORMEL BRANCH
SPIT BEACH, PAR 10.00am
Meet in car park off the A3082.
A morning s walk to see wintering gulls, waders and sea duck. If time permits, we will also visit Par Pool. This is ideal for beginners. Walking boots and binoculars needed. All welcome. Leaders Kath and John Tucker (01726) 815458

FOX CLUB AND WATCH
GREEN CHRISTMAS
The Scrap Store, St Columb Road, near Newquay
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Give your friends and family a unique gift, hand-made from recycled materials. This craft session will be great fun for young and old alike. Just bring a pair of scissors and £2.50 per person (adults included). You must book in advance - book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Sunday 7
CARADON BRANCH / CARADON FIELD CLUB
LICHEN FORAY
Lydcott Wood 11.00am
Meet on minor road between Trebrownbridge and Hessenford. Park in lay-by on east side of road. SX303585
Introduction to woodland lichens in a lovely area of mature broadleaved woodland - a follow-up to talk on 2nd December. Bring stout footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs (if wet). Leader Bob Hodgson
Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

PARC TASK
RED MOOR PRACTICAL WORK
Red Moor Nature Reserve 10.30am on site
Meet at the grass triangle at Tredinnick Pits. SX077623
Lifts from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am are available.
We shall be managing the heathland and maintaining the Wilderness Trail. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening tools and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Saturday 13
FOX CLUB AND WATCH / RIGS GROUP
ROCK PARTY
Bere Alston Primary School, near Tavistock
2.00pm to 5.00pm
Heading from Callington towards Tavistock on the A390, go about a mile past Gunnislake and turn right at Gulworthy. In Bere Alston, turn right at junction and find school on right after fire station. We ll be having fun with food, as well as eating it, and learning about geology at the same time. We ve planned lots of rocky games and activities, followed by a tea party. Cost £3 per child (including food etc.). You must book in advance. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Sunday 14
PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance by forestry gate, Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
As task on 30th November, with possibly the chance to cut your own Christmas tree - subject to availability. Bring packed lunch, waterproof clothing and stout footwear. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

Monday 15
EDUCATION SECTION
DRAWING AND PAINTING
See 29th September

Saturday 27
FOX CLUB AND WATCH / DOLPHIN AND SEAL GROUPS
SEAL WATCH AND BARBECUE
Godrevy Point, between Hayle and Portreath
11.00am to 1.00pm
Go to furthest Godrevy car park and walk towards the point. After passing the toilets, head diagonally up across large field to stile at top, left-hand corner. Seal watch is in sheltered hollow in cliff top about 100m to left. Leader Nick Tregenza. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

JANUARY 1998

Sunday 11
CAMEL BRANCH / CORNWALL BIRD WATCHING
AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY
WINTER BIRD WATCH
Walmsley Sanctuary and Burniere Hide 10.00am to 12.30pm
Meet at Treworran Bridge.
To watch wintering waders and wildfowl. Bring wellingtons and binoculars. Leader Adrian Langdon (01208) 813440

Monday 12
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP
MONTHLY MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet Wildlife Diary 1997. A video diary by Alan Griffiths of the flora and fauna of Cornwall, France and Switzerland. Contact Alan Giffiths (01736) 364839

Tuesday 13
CARADON BRANCH
CABILLA WOODS NATURE RESERVE
Stuart House, Liskeard 7.30pm
Meet at Stuart House, Barras Street, in Liskeard town centre, next to the library. An illustrated talk given by the project officer Steve Chudleigh about this exciting new Trust reserve. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

Saturday 17
FOX CLUB AND WATCH
BAT AID
Cornwall Bat Hospital, Penzance 2.00pm to 4.00pm
An exclusive tour of the hospital, led by experts Ginni Little and John Page, and a chance to meet the bats.
You must book in advance and make a minimum donation of £2 per person towards keeping the bats alive. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Sunday 18
CARADON BRANCH / CARADON FIELD CLUB / NORTH CORNWALL NATURAL HISTORY CLUB ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS
Cabilla Wood Nature Reserve 11.00am
Entrance to woods and sawmill on minor road. Turn north off A38, 1/2 mile east of Bodmin Parkway railway station. Lay-by 400 yards on right. SX128653
With nature stripped to its bare bones at this season, we have a good chance to find animal tracks, feeding sites, holes and old nests. Bring stout footwear and clothing suitable for the weather on the day. Leader Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083

PENWITH BRANCH
ESTUARY BIRD SPOTTING
Hayle Estuary 11.00am to 4.00pm approx. (depending on conditions) Meet at car park by Hayle public library. SW566379
We∆ll spend time at Copperhouse, Carnsew and other parts of the estuary, and hope to see plenty of winter waders, wildfowl and divers. Bring binoculars/telescope and lunch. Leaders Laurie and Helen Oakes (01736) 366883

PARC TASK
RED MOOR PRACTICAL WORK
Red Moor Nature Reserve 10.30am on site
Meet at the grass triangle at Tredinnick Pits. SX077623
Lifts available from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am.
We shall be managing the heathland and maintaining the Wilderness Trail. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

FOX CLUB AND WATCH / LAUNCESTON BRANCH
REPTILE ENCOUNTER
Lewannick Primary School, near Launceston 2.00pm to 4.00pm Lewannick is signed from the A30 between Launceston and Altarnun. Look out for our signs approaching the village. The school is on the south side. Our scaly friends, the snakes and lizards, always draw a good crowd. Come and share in our fascination. Leaders Gary McCammick and others. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

CARADON PARC TASK
PENLEE BATTERY PRACTICAL WORK
Penlee Battery Nature Reserve 10.00am on site
On the Millbrook road for Cawsand and Rame, turn left in Rame just before the church and follow the road for nearly a mile. SX439492
We shall be clearing scrub to maintain the important open grassland areas of the reserve. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and packed lunch. Leader Steve Christmas
Contact Steve Christmas (01752) 813320 or Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Monday 19
TAMAR BRANCH
WINTER MEETING
Parkhouse Centre, Bude 7.30pm
Speaker not yet arranged. Sorry, no more details!

Tuesday 20
RESTORMEL BRANCH
MEMBERS EVENING
Bethal Chapel, Bethal, St Austell 7.30pm
SX036531
Bring your slides and photographs of your holidays and reserve visits. An informal meeting to remind us of the past summer! Refreshments available. Bring a friend for a great night out. CARN BREA MINING SOCIETY
SNAP, CRACKLE AND POP
Camborne School of Mines 7.00pm
A talk by Robin Shail - an overview of recent theories on the formation of granite and mineral lodes in Cornwall. Contact Mark Arrow (01872) 865135

Saturday 24
PENWITH BRANCH
BATS IN YOUR GARDEN
Trust Shop, 2 Market Place, Penzance 10.00am to 4.00pm
On entering Penzance, travel up the main street.
The shop is near to the top on the left-hand side.
How to encourage and welcome bats into your garden and identify different species; and bat-box making. Tea and coffee provided. Bring packed lunch, notebook and pencil. A hammer will also be useful. Cost £12 per person. You must book in advance. Leader John Page. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824

Sunday 25
FOX CLUB AND WATCH
BIRD BRAINS
Screech Owl Sanctuary, Goss Moor 2.00pm to 5.00pm
From A30, near Indian Queens, follow brown signs.
How much do you know about birds? After you ve met the owls and heard about them, we ll be testing you with a quiz. There's no charge, but we re leaving time for you to use the tea room, buy a souvenir and make a donation to the sanctuary. You must book in advance. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

PARC TASK
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PRACTICAL WORK
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve 10.30am to 4.00pm Meet at site entrance by forestry gate, Cardinham side of Newbridge, just off A38. SX129653
We shall be bridge building and gate hanging. Bring packed lunch, waterproof clothing and stout footwear. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 - mobile

ADVANCE NOTICES

FEBRUARY

Sunday 1
FOX CLUB AND WATCH / YOC
EXPLORER DAY
Camel Trail, Wadebridge 2.00pm to 4.00pm
From BP garage on A39, between Royal Cornwall
Showground and bypass bridge, take Wadebridge turn. After 3/4 mile, turn left at small roundabout. At next roundabout, next to Bridge Bike Hire, the Camel Trail is signed to the left. There are several (paying) car parks. Meet at start of trail.
We're linking up with our friends in the RSPB's junior wing again to have a look at some of Cornwall s magnificent bird life. Other details wiil be given. You must book in advance. Leaders Tony Whitehead & others. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939

Thursday 12
CARADON PARC TASK
REDLAKE COTTAGE MEADOWS PRACTICAL WORK
Redlake Nature Reserve at 10.00am
Do not meet at reserve. Transport is provided for all from Lostwithiel Community Centre.
SX106600
We shall be clearing scrub from the rare heath lobelia areas. Bring wellies (ideally steel toe-capped), waterproofs, gardening gloves & packed lunch. Leader Victoria Scott. Contact Victoria Scott (01872) 273939

Friday 13
CARADON PARC TASK
REDLAKE COTTAGE MEADOWS PRACTICAL WORK
See Thursday 12th.


Saturday 14
PENWITH BRANCH
ANNUAL BRANCH PARTY
Rosemorran, Clements Road, Penzance 7.30pm
Everyone welcome - new members, visitors from other branches and any friends and relations. Your £2.50 contribution covers mulled wine or non-alcoholic drinks and puts a bit in the kitty. Please bring a plate of  finger foodň to share. Contact Liz Tregenza (01736) 351793

Saturday 28
FOX CLUB AND WATCH
THE TRAVELLING DISCOVERY CENTRE
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
The Natural History Museum in London is coming to Truro with a major touring exhibition. We will book Fox Club and Watch in for a workshop and guided tour, and you can stay on to see the rest of the exhibits. You must book in advance, when times and other details will be given. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939


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