Cornwall Wildlife Trust Diary of Events

COPY DATE for the next diary 15th March 1998
The next diary covers the period from late May to the end of September 1998. Advance notices of later events can be included, to increase the chances of publicising them.
The Wild Cornwall packing date is 2nd May, but bear in mind - when planning dates for events - that hand-delivery in your area can take several weeks.
Please send details of events (on forms available from Trust HQ) to the Diary Editor:
Mark Dungey, 10 Rame Croft, Rame Cross, Penryn, TR10 9NB.


LATE JANUARY TO MAY '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.

JANUARY 1998
Saturday 24
BATS IN YOUR GARDEN
Penzance Shop
10.00am to 4.00pm
2 Market Place, Penzance (at the top of Market Jew Street on the left).
Learn how to encourage bats into your garden and how to identify different species. Construct your own bat box. Bring a packed lunch, notebook and pencils, and a hammer if you have one. Cost 12. Please book in advance. Leader John Page. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824 Organised by Penwith Branch

Sunday 25
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
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 waterproof clothing, packed lunch and stout footwear. Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile) Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves on Cornwall) Team

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
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

FEBRUARY
Sunday 1
RESERVE WORKING PARTY
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
9.30am to 1.00pm
Meet at reserve entrance or wander into wood and find us working somewhere. SW750374
Bring boots and gloves.
Leaders Mark Weake and Stewart Clark (01872) 865071
Organised by Kerrier Branch

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 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 will be given. You must book in advance.
Leaders Tony Whithead and others.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / YOC

Thursday 5 and Friday 6
LIFE IN THE FREEZER
Falmouth Arts Centre, 24 Church Street,
Falmouth 7.30pm
Ben Osborne was the stills photographer for the BBC TV Series Life in the Freezer.
His astonishing illustrated talk (with audio-visual sequences) draws on his experiences to provide a spectacular, entertaining and informative view of the continent few people have visited. Tickets (4.00 each) available from the Arts Centre Box Office (01326) 212300 or from event sponsors Mylor Marine Electronics (01326) 374001.
Contact Kate Mulcahy (01326) 374001

Monday 9
MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHIC MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet
7.30pm
Best and worst evening. Bring some of your best slides or prints and any you have had a problem with, together with any equipment you have had problems with. All Trust members welcome.
Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839
Organised by Wildlife Photography Group

Tuesday 10
WORKING WITH BADGERS
Duchy College, Stoke Climsland
7.30pm
Meet in main car park, end of entrance drive, Duchy College, near Stoke Climsland.
Illustrated talk on the natural history and the care and resettlement of badgers.
Leader Gill Pearce. Contact Dave Bradshaw (01579) 363538
Organised by Caradon Branch

Thursday 12 and Friday 13
REDLAKE COTTAGE MEADOWS PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Do not meet at reserve. Transport is provided for all from Lostwithiel Community Centre at 10.00am.
SX106600
We shall be clearing scrub to enhance the heath lobelia habitat. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by Caradon PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Saturday 14
ANNUAL BRANCH PARTY
Rosemorran, Clements Road, Penzance
7.30pm
Everyone welcome - new members, visitors
from other branches and any friends and relations. A friendly evening with a few light-hearted quizzes (optional) and mulled wine. Please bring a plate of "finger food" to share and 2.50 each for drinks and Trust funds.
Contact Liz Tregenza (01736) 351793
Organised by Penwith Branch

Sunday 15
ESTUARY WATCH
Grove Farm, Elmgate, Saltash
10.00am
From A38 Trematon Cross, head south through Trematon village; turn right for Elmgate. At Elmgate take extreme right turning, follow 1 mile to end of lane at Grove Farm. SX379576
A chance to visit a quieter part of the Lynher Estuary to see waders, ducks and other estuary life. By kind permission of Dr David Davis. Bring warm clothing and binoculars.
Leader Steve Madge. Contact Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083
Organised by Caradon Branch

RED MOOR PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Meet at the grass triangle at Tredinnickpits, or lift from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am.
SX077623
We shall be carrying out heathland management by clearing gorse. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Monday 16
CAMERA CLOSE-UPS
Parkhouse Centre, Bude
7.30pm
Graham Sutton's wildlife photography, particularly of dragonflies.
Organised by Tamar Branch

Saturday 21
WINTER WOODLAND WALK
Luxulyan Woods
10.00am to 12.00 noon
Meet at car park by bridge at Ponts Mill Works.
SX072562
A closer look at this beautiful woodland and its industrial past. Wear stout boots.
Leader Gerry Brain
Contact Dave Thomas (01726) 861093
Organised by Restormel Branch

Sunday 22
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at entrance to reserve.
SX129653
The last opportunity to erect bird boxes before the start of the breeding season. We may also be erecting some dormouse boxes as well.
Bring a packed lunch, old clothes, boots etc.
Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Wednesday 25
DORMICE, DRAGONFLIES AND SUPPORTING CAST
Central Methodist Hall, Launceston
7.30pm
Gary Pilkington presents a talk and slide presentation on woodland and meadow conservation to encourage our local species.
Contact Brian Stringer (01566) 774902
Organised by Launceston Branch

Saturday 28
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 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
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

MARCH
Sunday 1

RESERVE WORKING PARTY
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
9.30am to 1.00pm
Meet at reserve entrance or wander into wood and find us working somewhere. SW750374
Bring boots and gloves.
Leaders Mark Weake and Stewart Clark (01872) 865071
Organised by Kerrier Branch

RED MOOR PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Meet at the grass triangle at Tredinnickpits, or lift from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway station at 10.00am. SX077623
We shall be carrying out heathland management by clearing gorse. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Friday 6
WILD TIMES IN NAMIBIA
St Piran's Hall, Goldsithney
7.30pm to 9.00pm approx.
Take the Helston road from Penzance.
Turn left onto the B394 opposite the Dynasty Restaurant (Bertie Wooster's that was) at the Perranuthnoe turning. The hall is the first building on the left after approx. 1/2 mile. Easy car parking. No steps. SW544305
Very brief AGM, coffee or tea, and an illustrated talk by Jane Richardson about her experiences of wildlife in Namibia and neighbouring countries.
Contact Jane Richardson (01326) 562648
Organised by Penwith Branch

Saturday 7
WILDLIFE GARDENING
Penzance Shop
10.00am to 4.00pm
2 Market Place, Penzance
(top of Market Jew Street on the left)
Learn how to encourage wildlife into your garden by design and choice of trees, plants and flowers. Bring a packed lunch, notebook and pencils. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Cost 6. Please book in advance.
Leader Terry Geater. Contact Sally Hawkins (01736) 331824
Organised by Penwith Branch

OTTER WORKSHOP
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet
10.30am for 11.00am, finish approx. 4.00pm
Come along and sharpen up your signs of otter identification skills. Morning session at Five Acres, afternoon out and about at local otter hot spots.
Bring lunch and wet-weather gear.
Contact David Curtis (01579) 370427
Organised by Otter Group

IDENTIFYING AND RECORDING TERRESTRIAL MAMMALS
Venue to be arranged
10.30am
Seminar involving talks by local experts, practical session in afternoon and official launch of Cornwall Mammal Group. All welcome.
Please book in advance.
Contact Chris Page (01209) 860671
Organised by CISFBR (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders)

Monday 9
MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHY MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet
7.30pm
David Chapman will talk about bird photography.
All Trust members welcome.
Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839
Organised by Wildlife Photography Group

Tuesday 10
AGM / DEER IN CORNWALL
Stuart House, Liskeard
7.30pm for AGM
8.00pm for illustrated talk
Stuart House is between the library and the Esso station, Barras Street.
Illustrated talk given by local and national expert Ian Berry, who manages the herd at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
Speaker Ian Berry.
Contact Gail Cory for AGM business (01579) 347445 or
Dave Gibbon for information on talk (01579) 343083.
Organised by Caradon Branch

Saturday 14
MONSTERS IN MINIATURE
Parkhouse Centre, Bude
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Directions available on booking.
Magnified on screen by the Environment Agency's specialist equipment, small river animals look fearsome. Find out what these creatures can tell us about the quality of our rivers.
You must book in advance. Cost 1.75 per person.
Leader Trevor Renals. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Tamar Branch

Sunday 15
MYSTERIES OF PONDLIFE
Duchy College, Stoke Climsland 11.00am
Meet in main car park, end of entrance drive, Duchy College of Agriculture, Stoke Climsland.
Supervised exploration of pond life - all equipment and facilities provided. Families particularly welcome.
Leader Dave Bradshaw (01579) 363538
Organised by Caradon Branch

THE CRUEL SEA
Falmouth Coastguard Station
2.00pm to 3.30pm
Directions available on booking.
The sea means life to many of our most amazing creatures, as well as to people, but it also holds dangers. This presentation on the coastguard's search and rescue work should help us towards a better understanding of the sea that surrounds us. You must book in advance.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

VENTONGIMPS MOOR PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Meet at the nature reserve entrance in Ventongimps village, or lift from Five Acres at 10.00am or Truro railway station at 10.15am. SW781514
We shall be managing the heathland. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Monday 16
THE WONDERFUL FARNE ISLANDS
Parkhouse Centre, Bude 7.30pm
Speaker Dave Thomas
Organised by Tamar Branch

Tuesday 17
AGM / RCPCA TALK
Camborne Resource Centre
7.30pm to 10.00pm
The centre is around the corner from Argos
in Camborne.
RSPCA talk with film. Just bring yourselves. Please attend as it's your group.
Leader Grace Mason (01326) 565300
Organised by Kerrier Branch

Saturday 21
PANNING, PENZANCE AND PORPHYRY
Penzance 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Meet at Cornwall Geology Museum, Alverton Street, Penzance.
Forget the long words and enjoy an afternoon of hands-on (and feet-on) geology in and around Penzance. Cost 75p children, 1.50 adults (for entry into museum).
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / RIGS Group / Royal Geological Society of Cornwall Museum

SEA TREASURES
Plymouth Aquarium
2.00pm to 5.00pm
Follow signs from Plymouth city centre to the
Hoe. The Aquarium is at the east end of the Hoe in Citadel Road. Gather outside.
Explore the riches of the undersea world - in comfort - with the Marine Biological Association.
You must book in advance. Cost 50p per child, 2 per adult.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

Sunday 22
LAPPA VALLEY RAILWAY
Near St Newlyn East
10.00am to 2.00pm (weather permitting)
Meet at Lappa Valley Railway car park. SW839574
A rare opportunity to walk along this miniature rail line (closed for the winter) past one of Cornwall's largest mines, East Wheal Rose. Then on to Newlyn East Downs to see moorland and heathland birds, butterflies and wild flowers. By kind permission of Mr Booth, owner of Lappa Valley Railway. Bring stout boots and lunch.
Leader Dave Thomas (01726) 861093.
Organised by Restormel Branch

Wednesday 25
HEDGEROWS IN NORTH CORNWALL - THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Central Methodist Hall, Launceston
7.30pm
Presented by Charlie David of North Cornwall
Heritage Coast and Countryside Service. What is happening to our hedgerows locally? Charlie will reveal all, explaining their value as habitats, management and changes in regulations.
Contact Brian Stringer (01566) 774902
Organised by Launceston Branch

Sunday 29
EXPLORE THE SHORE
Bar Beach, Helford Passage
1.00pm to 3.00pm
Meet at the Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. SW764269
Seashore animals and weeds. Be prepared to paddle.
Leader Dr Paul Gainey.
Contact Pamela Tompsett (01209) 842316 or (01872) 273939
Organised by Helford VMCA Group

VENTONGIMPS MOOR PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Meet at the nature reserve entrance in Ventongimps
village, or lift from Five Acres at 10.00am or Truro railway station at 10.15am. SW781514
We shall be managing the heathland. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance. SX129653
Step building and revetment work to improve access along the nature trail. Bring a packed lunch, old clothes, waterproofs etc.
Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) team

CORNWALL WILDLIFE TRUST MEMBERS' CONFERENCE
Time and venue to be confirmed
A one-day conference to set the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's priorities for action.
Speakers include Dr Simon Lyster (Director General of The Wildlife Trusts) on The Wildlife Trusts' National Plan; Trevor Edwards (Director of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust) on Cornwall Wildlife Trust 1980 - 1999;
Christopher Howe (Senior Conservation Officer of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust) on Biodiversity Priorities in Cornwall.
Please call Trust HQ - (01872) 273939 - to book your place.

APRIL
Thursday 2

BIOLOGICAL RECORDING SEMINAR
Lecture Theatre, Camborne School of Mines, Pool, Redruth
9.45am to 4.30pm. SW667416
Highlighting species for recording and research.
Advance booking essential.
Contact Pamela Tompsett (01872) 273939
Organised by Environmental Records Centre

Sunday 5
RESERVE WORKING PARTY
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
9.30am to 1.00pm
Meet at reserve entrance or wander into wood and find us working somewhere. SW750374
Bring boots and gloves.
Leaders Mark Weake and Stewart Clark (01872) 865071
Organised by Kerrier Branch

Monday 6
MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHY MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet 7.30pm
Note that for this month only our meeting is on the first Monday of the month. Norman and Margaret Froggat have arranged for a showing of the RPS Nature Group audiovisual exhibition. All Trust members welcome.
Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839
Organised by Wildlife Photography Group

Saturday 11
FUN WITH ART
The Bolitho School, Penzance
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Directions available on booking.
We're going to have an exciting afternoon experiementing with art - we'll send you full details of what to bring when you book. Design an animal or plant card and bring it along - there will be prizes for the best ones.
You must book in advance. Cost 1 per child.
Leader Karrin Kempinsky.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

Sunday 12
DEVICHOYS WOOD PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
Meet at nature reserve entrance in Perranarworthal, or lift from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway
station at 10.00am. SW775381
Charcoal burning and woodland management.
Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

Saturday 18
CAMEL TRAIL CYCLE RIDE
Wadebridge 10.00am to 3.00pm
Meet at car park opposite Kernow-'Scopes
wildlife shop, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge. SW988725
Blow the cobwebs off your old boneshaker, polish up the bell and you are ready for the ride of your life. A gentle and flat bicycle ride along this beautiful disused railway line looking for birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Bring lunch, binoculars and a bicycle, or you can hire one from Bridge Cycle Hire (01208) 813050 - book early.
Please note, this is ideal for all members throughout the county, so please come along for a pleasant day out and meet other Trust members.
Leader Dave Thomas (01726) 861093
Organised by Restormel Branch

Sunday 19
SPRING WALK - COAST AND VALLEY
Talland Bay 10.00am
Meet at Talland Bay car park. SX225516
Delightful walk in the spring along the coast and up a hidden valley.
Spring flowers and newly arrived migrant birds. Bring stout footwear and a packed lunch.
Leader Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083
Organised by Caradon Branch

CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance. SX129653
Access improvements through bridges, steps and gates.
Bring a packed lunch, old clothes, waterproofs etc.
Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

WOUNDED WILDLIFE
RSPCA Animal Centre, St Columb
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Directions available on booking.
A guided tour by the RSPCA, showing how its new centre rescues and cares for wild - and domestic - animals in need. You must book in advance.
Donations to RSPCA appreciated.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

Wednesday 22
FLOWERS AND FERNS
Camborne School of Mines, Pool, Redruth
SW667416
Wild flowers and ferns in Cornwall.
Advance booking essential.
Leader Rosaline Murphy.
Contact Pamela Tompsett (01872) 273939
Organised by BSBI Recorder and Environmental Records Centre

Sunday 26
MAMMAL WORKSHOP
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet
10.00am to 3.00pm
This is a follow-up meeting to that held on 7th March, but all interested in mammals are welcome.
Bring lunch and outdoor footwear.
Leader Ron Evenden (01726) 66647
Organised by Mammal Group

SPRING ON THE CLIFFS
Perranuthnoe, West Cornwall
11.00am until mid-afternoon
Meet at entrance to car park at Perranuthnoe (off the Helston to Penzance road). SW540294
Walk around the cliffs and shore to Marazion to see the spring flowers and watch for waders on the shore. Return along the inland path. Bring a packed lunch and footwear suitable for the beach.
Leader Sylvia Gartside. For more information contact
Sylvia Gartside (01736) 710477.
Organised by Penwith Branch

DEVICHOYS WOOD PARC TASK
10.30am on site, finish approx. 4.00pm
The nature reserve entrance is in Perranarworthal, or lift from Five Acres at 9.45am or Truro railway
station at 10.00am. SW775381
Charcoal burning and woodland management. Bring wellies (ideally steel toecapped), waterproofs, gardening gloves and lunch.
Leader Victoria Scott (01872) 273939
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance.
SX129653
Step building and revetment work to improve access along the nature trail.
Bring a packed lunch, old clothes, waterproofs etc.
Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

ROCKS AND REPTILES
Minions, near Liskeard
10.00am to 12.00 noon
Meet outside Cheesewring Hotel in Minions, on the Dobwalls to Upton Cross road, near the Caradon TV mast. SX261712
The last time we tried this the rain was too heavy to see even the rocks, never mind the reptiles! This spectacular moorland area is well worth another rockwatching and reptile rambling visit though.
Leaders Martin Eddy and Gary McCammick. Contact Debbie Schorah (01872)
273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Caradon Countryside Service

Wednesday 29
OTTERS AND WEASELS
Central Methodist Hall, Launceston
7.30pm
Presented by Derek Lord, National Trust Coastal Warden. Derek will update us on the latest surveys in Cornwall, hot from the press, hopefully bringing good news for wildlife generally.
Contact Brian Stringer (01566) 774902
Organised by Launceston Branch

MAY
Sunday 3

RESERVE WORKING PARTY
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
9.30am to 1.00pm
Meet at reserve entrance or wander into wood and find us working somewhere. SW750374
Bring boots and gloves.
Leaders Mark Perranuthnoe and Stewart Clark (01872) 865071
Organised by Kerrier Branch

DOWN ON SUNNYSIDE FARM
Carn Moor, Goonhavern 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Directions available on booking.
A guided tour of June Moore's organic farm and garden, and then on to the heathland reserve which she wardens for the Trust. You must book in advance. Leaders June Moore and others.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch

Wednesday 6
OFFICIAL OPENING
CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS NATURE RESERVE
10.30am
Meet at site entrance. SX129653
Contact Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by Reserves Team

Sunday 10
SPRING FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES
Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve
10.00am
Meet at sawmill entrance to woods on minor road. Turn north off A38, 1 mile east of Bodmin Parkway turning. SX128653
Spring flowers at their best in this rich and varied woodland reserve.
Bring a packed lunch.
Leader Dave Gibbon (01579) 343083
Organised by Caradon Branch

Monday 11
MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHY MEETING
Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet
7.30pm
The wildlife of Newfoundland. Ron Evenden will give an illustrated talk about his recent visit. All Trust members welcome. Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839
Organised by Wildlife Photography Group

Sunday 17
FIELD MEETING
Breney Common Nature Reserve 10.30am
Meet at the chapel.
Contact Alan Griffiths (01736) 364839 or
Ray Dennis (01736) 363928
Organised by Wildlife Photography Group

CABILLA AND REDRICE WOODS PARC TASK
10.30am to 4.00pm
Meet at site entrance. SX129653
We will be cutting bracken in one of the glades to improve the habitat for the rare pearl-bordered fritillary. Bring old clothes, packed lunch etc.
Leader Steve Chudleigh (0467) 792427 (mobile)
Organised by PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) Team

BLUEBELL WALK
Hawkes Wood, near Wadebridge
2.00pm to 4.00pm
From the old A39 in the centre of Wadebridge, take the turning to Polmorla and Treneague. Meet just east of Porlmorla by the Forestry Commission entrance.
(Call for a map.) SW985714
Get away from it all with a peaceful stroll through some lovely Cornish oak woodland.
Leader Ian Bennallick.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Camel Branch

Saturday 23
BLUEBELL WALK
Respryn Woods
9.30am (morning only)
Meet at Respryn Bridge NT car park below Lanhydrock House. SX098637
A riverside and woodland walk to see springtime birds, butterflies and bluebells. Bring stout boots and binoculars.
Leader Dave Thomas (01726) 861093
Organised by Restormel Branch

Sunday 31
RIVERSIDE WALK AND BBQ
St Erth, near Hayle
2.00pm to 5.00pm
Meet at St Erth Church. SW550350
Circular walk along river bank and through fields to see flowers and birds in the valley, followed by a barbecue at Alistair and Tracey's home. Bring food to cook.
Leader Alistair Beasley (01736) 755099
Organised by Penwith Branch

ADVANCE NOTICES
JUNE
Thursday 4 to Saturday 6

ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW
Wadebridge
Visit the Helford VMCA and Trust stands.

Saturday 6
FLYING DRAGONS
The Millpond, Hayle
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meet in the Millpond Gardens, at the bottom of Foundry Hill. Park nearby in Foundry car park (paying).
Call for a map if needed.
Water for Life is the major theme of The Wildlife Trusts for 1998, and what could be better than a pond dip to show the variety of wildlife - including dragonflies - our freshwater habitats support? Bring a pond net if you have one.
Leaders Mark Nicholson and others.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Hayle-Gwithian Countryside Service

Sunday 7
WILDLIFE CRUISE
Helford River
2.30pm to approx. 5.00pm
Meet at the Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage.
From Treluswell roundabout, on A39 between Perranarworthal and Penryn, follow signs for Helston (A394) but turn off for Mawnan Smith, passing College and Argal Reservoirs. Take road for Helford Passage from Mawnan Smith. SW764269
Both children and adults will enjoy this evening of exploration in the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.
You must book and pay in advance.
Cost 4 adults, 2 children. Bring waterproof clothing. Allow time to park - we must leave on time to catch the high tide!
Leaders WL Collins and Pamela Tompsett.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Helford VMCA Group

Saturday 13
FLYING DRAGONS
Breney Common, near Lostwithiel
2.00pm to 4.00pm
From the A30/A391 (Innis Downs) roundabout, south of Bodmin, turn north to Lanivet and then take the first right under the A30 bridge. At Reperry Cross, turn right and make sure you take the left fork to Trebell Green. Go straight on at Trebell Green towards Gurtla.
The entrance track to the reserve is on the left in Gurtla, after the Methodist church - opposite The Barn.
(Call us for a map if you prefer!) SX054610
Another chance to celebrate Water for Life by studying dragonflies and other animals that depend on this Trust reserve's very important collection of ponds.
Bring a pond net if you have one.
Leader Dave Thomas.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Restormel Branch

Sunday 14
FLYING DRAGONS
Welcombe and Marsland Reserve, Morwenstow
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Heading north from Bude on A39, go through Kilkhampton and carry on to Crump. Take the road signed to CSOS Morwenstow. After about 2 miles, take second right on the sharp bend at Shop (signed Gooseham).
Take second left towards Marsland Manor. After a mile, stop at sharp left-hand bend at head of track to Marsland Mouth. SS217169
Dragonflies will be among the many things to see and do on this special nature reserve - well worth a long drive north. Bring a pond net if you have one.
Leader Gary Pilkington.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Tamar Branch

Sunday 21
THE INSECTS AND OTHER WILDLIFE OF LOGGAN'S MOOR
11.00am to mid-afternoon
Meet at the entrance to the reserve. Take the Gwithian road (B3301) from the east end of Hayle. After about 1/2 mile you will come to a large lay-by on the right. The entrance is off this lay-by. SW575390
This marshy reserve is very rich in insects, some of them rare.
A chance to learn a bit about the moths, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles etc. and see flowers like the unusual white form of ragged robin. Bring a packed lunch. Small, clear containers to examine specimens would be useful. Wellington boots will enable us to take some short cuts through the stream.
Leader Chris Haes. Contact the leader - (01736) 752940 - for more information on flora and fauna.
For other information call Liz Tregenza (01736) 351793.
Organised by Penwith Branch

JULY
Saturday 11

GLOW-WORM WATCH
Gwithian Towans, near Hayle
9.30pm to 11.00pm
Gwithian is on B3301 Hayle to Portreath road. Follow sign to Gwithian Towans car park but stop 50m off main road. SW582407
Bring a torch and stay up late with us for a very unusual Saturday night experience.
Leader Terry Geater.
Contact Debbie Schorah (01872) 273939
Organised by Fox Club and Watch / Hayle-Gwithian Countryside Service

Wednesday 22
GRASSES AND WOODRUSHES WORKSHOP
Lecture Hall, Truro College, College Road, Truro
10.00am to 4.00pm. SW794486
Grasses and woodrushes in Cornwall - habitats and identification. Bring specimens for identification if required.
Leader Rosaline Murphy.
Contact Pamela Tompsett (01872) 273939
Organised by Environmental Records Centre

Sunday 26
EVENING COSERVATION CRUISE - HELFORD RIVER
6.00pm to 8.30pm
Meet at the Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. SW764269
Advance booking essential.
Tickets 4 Adults and 2 children.
Bring weatherproof clothing.
Leaders WL Collins and Pamela Tompsett (01209) 842316 or (01872) 273939
Organised by Helford VMCA Group

AUGUST
Sunday 9

SECRETS OF THE SHORE
Gillan Harbour, St Anthony-in-Meneage
12.30pm to 2.30pm
Meet on the shore by St Anthony-in-Meneage Church. SW783255
Seashore animals and weeds. Be prepared to paddle.
Leader Pamela Tompsett (01209) 842316 or (01872) 273939
Organised by Helford VMCA Group


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