Friends of the Fowey Estuary Volunteer Meeting
22nd January 2020 at 7.00pm
Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
Osprey Nests Project
There had been an Osprey sighting reported in the entrance to Pont Pill by Rupert Kirkwood, 'the Lone Kayaker' in late autumn. MG said she would catch up again with the National Trust about keeping the nests in good condition.
PE has made recent contact with the new tenants at Haye Farm, they are supportive of the heronry and osprey nest projects and allow our volunteers access to the land. The Heronry census will soon be starting, there will be visits to Haye Farm to view the Penpol heronry on the opposite bank and also to Golant Downs which offers the best viewpoint for the sub-
PE and GH have been doing a low-
CH has distributed information about a new project being run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust looking at pollination in the Fowey Valley and encouraging bees. There is a meeting on Tuesday 28th January at 12.30pm in Lostwithiel Community Centre. IL, MG and CH said they were attending and would feedback to the group. IL is interested in developing a record of the bees, wasps and hoverflies in the Fowey Estuary area, he talked about a photo ID project but will see how this links with this project before moving forward.
IL also noted that Leyonne Farm in Golant has given over the edges of some fields for planting of wildflowers as bee strips.
Otter Survey Project
We had an interesting talk in October by Dave Groves about the Cornwall Coastal Otter Project being run by the Cornwall Mammal Group. We have had no further update about the project.
MG had found a bank vole on a visit to Lombard when checking her dormouse boxes. CH had joined Rob Wells on the October survey at Lantyan, there were wood mice, a pygmy shrew and a nest which could have been a dormouse nest with a woven structure, although nothing was found in this box on the November check. With no dormice counted at Lantyan for a few seasons now, Rob is considering doing a twice-
MG said she'd found dormouse opened nuts at the farm on Dartmoor, this was formerly recorded and apparently dormouse are well recorded in Devon.
CH said that the Pacific Oyster project continues to be very well supported, thanks to all the volunteers who have been involved. The project funded by Natural England officially ends in March, but it is hoped that volunteers will be able to continue with the monitoring and control of Pacific Oysters. We have been covering new areas this winter and also re-
There is still wider work going on to find alternative uses for Pacific Oysters; chefs are being encouraged to use these 'feral oysters' and there are projects looking at crushed oyster shells as a soil improver.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 7pm in Fisherman’s Arms
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