Friends of the Fowey Estuary Volunteer Meeting
19th September 2018 at 7.00pm
Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
Claire Hoddinott Stuart Young
Peter Edwards Margaret Gardener
Liz Anderson Rob Wells
Richard Gabb Carol Gabb
Bruce Goodwin Sue Reardon
Ann Newsome Barry Edwards
Chris Newsome Caroline Harvie
Osprey Nests Project
LA reported a possible Osprey sighting in the last few days. (Post meeting note: Karen has posted photos
on social media of an osprey in Fowey on 19th September, so Liz you were right!)
CH updated that the results for the 2018 census have been submitted to the BTO. The results were 6
nests at the main heronry at Penpoll and 7 heron nests at the sub-
previous years where there were more nests sighted at Penpoll and less at Haye Point. We have
wondered if there has been some relocation. Stuart and Peter have also been recording Little Egret
activity and this has also been recorded, with confirmed nesting activity by Little Egrets at Haye Point.
PE said that David and Karen have commented that total numbers of herons on the estuary seem to be
similar to previous years.
CH said that with new tenant farmers at Haye Farm we will need to make contact to ensure our access
can be continued to view the heronry. PE said he’d make contact and arrange a visit to meet them.
seen plenty in Penpoll.
This is a survey in pre-
local area and nesting on LA’s land in Golant. (Post meeting note: there is now also a more general
Tawny Owl survey where you can report Tawny Owls in your garden or local area – an email to follow!)
Otter Survey Project
CH updated that Rob Wells had heard from the Cornwall Mammal Group and they are going to be moving
forwards with the Coastal Otter Project and are asking for groups/people wanting to be involved. The
FOFE have been put forward. Ian McCarthy and Rob have been in discussion and Ian is willing to collect
spraint samples on the Fowey. He has already identified sites from previous work on this project over the
last couple of years. CH said it will be interesting to see how this project develops.
Ian has also been working with the National Trust and they have built an artificial holt on the Fowey,
something which our group had considered in the past. We thought it would be of particular interest to Ian
though as a focal point for this wildlife filming.
CH reported that neither of our licenced dormouse handlers, Margaret or Rob had found dormice at the
monitoring sites at Lombard and Lantyan this year. In fact, there has been very little small mammal activity
There are still dormouse tubes up on David & Karen’s land which will need to be collected in soon.
PE commented that at the recent visit to Restormel Manor, they asked if FOFE might be interested in
undertaking some general wildlife surveys at the site to establish a baseline condition. CH said this would
be an exciting opportunity but we would need to be guided by a trained person, someone like Elly Philips
who is an ecological consultant. PE said he’d see if any more comes of this idea.
CH reported the ReFILL scheme has been successful in the local area with several businesses signing up
to the scheme. The sales of ReFILL bottles have been going well with all proceeds going to FOFE.
The Plastic Free Fowey project is still ongoing and is being coordinated by Lucy Daniels, she is trying to
get a steering group together.
CH reported that unfortunately the officer from Natural England who carried out the training with us earlier
in the year has now left that position, our new contact is based in Exeter. The monitoring and control will
continue this autumn under the guidance of Natural England. CH noted that more Pacific Oysters than last
year were counted at Readymoney during the annual Shoresearch rocky shore survey which took place
earlier in September.
It was noted that some Pacific Oysters appeared to have been killed off over last winter, perhaps after the
cold weather. Seagulls seem to be learning how to feed on them too.
commented that the ‘live aboards’ he mentioned at the last meeting are still there. They are
causing congestion on the quay as they tie up their tenders there. CH to pass this information on
to Fowey Harbour.
fire there but was unsure of the source or what damage might have been caused.
informative sign for the public, telling them about FOFE and about the rockpool creatures at
Readymoney and the seashore code. CH said the design is nearing completion. Funds raised by
the ReFILL bottle sales will go towards the cost of the sign.
advice from Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. They advise to keep brambles down and
plant native species using seeds from a specialist company to verify their origin. The groundworks
have been completed and the area cleared of litter. CH said it would be great if the FOFE could
make a visit to see it or help out.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 7pm in Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
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