Reserves report

Thanks to funding received from a wide range of sources, some innovative projects have commenced on several of our nature reserves. A couple of them are detailed below. If you'd like to help out on the projects detailed or on any of our other nature reserves activities, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Protecting the marsh fritillary at Redlake Cottage Meadows

Marsh fritillary
Marsh Fritillary. Illustration; sarah McCartney. The beautiful marsh fritillary butterfly was first sighted at Redlake Cottage Meadows in 1995. This internationally important species requires specific habitat management for its survival. Thanks to a grant from the Hanson Environment Fund (a package of funding available to all county Wildlife Trusts, negotiated by the Trusts' National Office), we have been able to carry out scrub control and fencing to protect it.

St Erth Pits community access project
The Trust's geological site, St Erth Pits, has received a cash boost thanks to the Barclays Bank SiteSavers initiative. The funding will enable the Trust to provide safe access and appropriate interpretative facilities for all visitors to the reserve. The local community will be involved through the TrustŐs PARC (Practical Action on Reserves in Cornwall) scheme. See the inside back cover for further details of work dates.

Microfossils from St Erth Pits (greatly magnified).Illustrations: Sarah McCartney.

Shooting and hunting on Trust nature reserves
The Trust does not permit shooting or hunting on its land, as it is considered inappropriate to carry out such activities on areas managed as nature reserves. Incidents of shooting or hunting on our nature reserves are reported to the police. If Trust members discover such activities on our reserves, please contact the Trust. I shall be contacting relevant hunting and wildfowling groups to explain the Trust's policy in the near future.
Victoria Scott

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