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The cleaning of the River Allen at Sladesbridge has been monitored by one of our committee members. He reported that the valley is looking particularly beautiful this year. Otter spraint and a kingfisher's nest were found. A solitary otter was sighted playing and feeding on the Camel Estuary. Four porpoises were seen just offshore at Tregardock last month. This year nature seems to be exceptionally bountiful in flora and fauna in the Camel Branch area.
Our trips to Antarctica and America last winter and spring were well-attended evenings. We were transported by slides and tales of experiences and adventures of two of our committee members.
This coming autumn and winter we are out and about on our own patch looking for signs and sightings of otters, as well as studying our native trees in winter. Details of other events are in the diary section.

Bett Hartley


Our AGM in March seems a long time ago now, but I must express our gratitude to Cohn Speedie for stepping in at the last minute to give us such an excellent talk ranging from eco-friendly commercial uses of seaweed to cetacean surveying and pollution monitoring.
A walk beside the Tamar in April saw spring flowers and a general impression that spring was late this year. The weather improved this May, although our coastal walk from Penlee Reserve was a complete wash-out - heavy rain all day and our leader surprised to see even me turn up.
The previous day, however, the weather had been kind to us for an enthusiastic and well-attended clean-up work party at Tincombe Reserve, capably organised by the new Wardens David and Gail Cory. Thank you to the local families who came and worked so hard on the day.
In June a walk and then, soon after, a work party were enjoyed by some of our keen members who live near our Armstrong Wood Reserve at Trebullett. Later in the month the bats turned up (over a hundred!) but not the people for a count at a summer pipistrelle roost in a bungalow in Downgate on the north side of Kit Hill.
Finally, leaving the best until last, wonderful flowers, especially orchids, lovely butterflies and good weather were enjoyed by 20 members from Tamar and Caradon Branches at Creddacott Meadow Reserve - superb Culm grassland and a key example of the variety of habitats we can enjoy in Cornwall.

Dave Gibbon


Carrick Branch is struggling to survive. If the branch is to continue we must have some more help on the committee. If any Carrick member would like to volunteer to act as Secretary or Treasurer or help on the committee, please phone me on (01872) 222654. We need to know before 10th October so that we can make plans for the future of the branch at our AGM in November. Because of this situation, we have only planned events up to the AGM.
Chris Burton has a couple more outings planned for Fox Club, and we have two slide presentations arranged for the autumn. Despite the huge membership generated by the door-to-door recruiting drive in our area, we have had a very poor response to our spring events - in fact no one turned up at the rock pool day at Falmouth. So it is up to you Carrick members - if you want the branch to continue please give us some help and support.

Sheila Rowe


Our joint venture with Penwith in April for the Bluebell Walk was modestly supported and enjoyed by all.
In June another joint venture with the RSPB for the nightjar watch, led by Mark Weake, was well attended. Luck was on our side - we saw a pair, and heard curlews and a cuckoo. A pleasant evening was had by all.
PARC day in May saw work starting on the Pendarves nature trail posts, which have now been completed. We would like to thank all those involved.

Grace Mason



Well folks, this is the last missive you're going to get from yours truly for a while.
This Penwith chief cook and bottle washer is chucking in the tea towel and heading for warmer climes. My next contribution to the magazine will be from the banks of the Kavango River - with crocodiles - in Northern Namibia.

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