Friends of the Fowey Estuary Volunteer Meeting
16th January 2019 at 7.00pm
Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
Osprey Nests Project
CH reported a possible Osprey sighting in Fowey earlier this week although unconfirmed, the bird swooped to the water surface before flying into the woods above Prime Cellars, could have been a buzzard?
RW said that Three Bays Wildlife Group (3BW) are trying to approach Caerhays about the possible siting of an osprey pole on their land, it is quite close to the upper Fal estuary. RW also said the reintroduction project in Poole may see young males coming back to the site this year, they have committed to releasing about 8 individuals each year for the course of the 6 year project.
FOFE will be involved in the heronry survey again this year, Stuart is already seeing herons in the woods at Haye Point. PE visited Haye Farm recently, Alix and Nigel have vacated the farm and PE hasn’t been able to make contact with the new tenants yet. PE thinks the osprey poles are in fields rented byothers, this needs to be confirmed. Ideally surveys should start within the next month and the best counts are usually in March/April. Heron survey dates to be sent out to volunteers as they are organised.
lens and is getting some good images.
Otter Survey Project
RW said the Cornwall Coastal Otter Project is now underway and is being run by the Cornwall Mammal Group. There is a training event planned for Tuesday 12th February at 7pm at Heligan (poster attached). There will be a talk by Dave Groves of CMG and some training to identify otter sites using spraint. The project wants to find out more about how otters use the coast and how much they can tolerate the saltwater environment. If you would like to attend, please contact Rob direct to book your place email@example.com
MG reported that no dormice had been seen at Lombard in 2018, that’s the second year with no dormice, MG also noted less birds using the boxes last year. She had found a box with contained the cocoons of wax moths or bee moths which had been sent off for identification, the larvae of these species can predate bees. RW reported a similar situation at Lantyan this year, no dormice and only 1 mammal record in the whole year which was a woodmouse. 2018 has been reported among dormouse recorders nationally to have been a poor year generally, populations may have been affected by a cold spring and a hot summer.
RW said the tubes on Dave & Karen’s land had shown no evidence of dormice. There are some repairs to do to the tubes. They will be put out again this year, Rob thought it ok for Karen to check the tubes herself without a licence until any evidence of dormouse presence is found, for example nests or nibbled nuts. RW said the tubes put up by 3BW at Portmellon also produced no results.
CH said the ReFILL scheme continues to be successful and there seems to have been a change in mind-
PE asked about the Plastic Free Fowey project, CH said despite offering the group’s help, we have heard nothing more.
LA said that at her workplace at Treliske Hospital there are collection points for pens and crisp packets which are being recycled. CH commented that Readymoney Beach Shop is a collection point for crisp packets too.
CH said that the Pacific Oyster project is now well underway for this season with 2 monitoring and control sessions already taken part and the third planned for next week. A good team of volunteers are involved and although it’s a messy job, we are making a difference – an area cleared in April 2018 has seen very low rates of recolonization. If anyone else wants to get involved, contact Claire.
CH also said that Friends of Par Beach have been carrying out the same project at Par, there are oysters growing on the harbour wall at Par Harbour and no doubt also inside the harbour but permission to access the site has not been secured from Imerys.
CH said the monitoring and control phase of the project will continue until the end of April. Natural England advice is to stop control between May and October as culling during this period could result in the oysters spawning artificially.
The sign will be part funded byproceeds gained from ReFILL bottles sales and also a grant secured from the CWT Your Shore Beach Rangers of £500.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7pm in Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
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