I'm going under the cover of working
for VSO, but in truth it's really an
extended wildlife safari and so long as
no one lets on I should be OK.
Meanwhile, back in Penwith we are
desperately seeking a new chief cook
but they seem to be a very rare
commodity these days. Liz Tregenza
has offered to bridge the gap (sorry,
kitchen - mustn't mix my metaphors) in
the meantime, but having done the job
for a number of years in the past she
will be only too pleased to let someone
relieve her of it.
So, if you fancy your name in print and
have a few minutes to spare, put your
hand up or, better still, contact Liz
Tregenza as soon as possible.
But from me it's au revoir until 1998.
Space does not permit full reports on all
events. However, March saw us at
Respryn; Frances and Leslie Smith led
us around the river and woodlands on a
fine morning to see early signs of spring
- violets, primroses and nesting birds.
In April, Dave Thomas took us through
Fir Hill Woods, Colan, and what a
lovely welcome the cuckoo sang for us.
Spring flowers were in abundance, as
were song birds.
Dave again admirably led our May
walk at West Pentire and Porth Joke.
The fields and cliffs, yellow with
cowslips, or blue with squills or
bluebells, and also featuring less
common plants like little robin and
shepherd's needle, were at their very
best in brilliant sunshine. Whimbrels
and whinchat, eider duck and
fledgling ravens were among
birds seen, and small copper,
painted lady and green-veined
white were some of the butterflies. We
also learned the best places in the valley
to watch for badgers and little owls.
seashore, led by David Guiterman with
support from all present and especially
Ron Evenden. The lovely rock pools
contained a good range, including
seaweeds, anemones, sea squirts,
sponges and rare sea slugs. Plenty of
shellfish on the
the cliffs all
made for an
enjoyable and -
At the time
there are three
more events in our
summer programme in July,
August and September. Please note the
date of our brief AGM followed by
Mark Nicholson's illustrated talk -
Leapers and Creepers - Friday 11th
October at St Austell Parish Church
Hall, 7.3Opm (see diary).
Despite wind and rain the walk and
cream tea which took place in May in
the area of Tim and Sandy Dingle's new
house was well patronised; and as much
of the walk was through wooded or
sheltered areas, we did not suffer too
much for our superb tea in a lovely
setting. The wildflower walk which was
arranged three days later was "blessed"
with such dreadful weather that I am
afraid all but the stoutest spirits failed!
Important. On Friday 4th October at
7.3Opm Tony Atkinson will be giving a
talk at Launceston Methodist Hall on
"The Wildlife of Yugoslavia before the
War". (This refers to their recent civil
war and not to World War II.) It is
hoped that during this meeting a
subsequent social event can be arranged
to discuss the setting up of a Launceston
Branch of the Trust, so if you are
interested please make a special effort to
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