Friends of the Fowey Estuary Volunteer Meeting
9th May 2018 at 7.00pm
Fisherman’s Arms, Golant
Claire Hoddinott Richard Gabb Sarah Laughton
Peter Edwards Ian Laughton Janet Longman
Rob Wells Bruce Goodwin
Osprey Nests Project
PE reported that the osprey nests had recently had their annual refurbishment of nesting material which
was kindly undertaken and generously funded by the National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. SY said
that he'd seen buzzards on the nesting and perching poles. Young ospreys are sometimes seen during
the summer months. RW talked about the re-
some of these birds might find their way to Cornwall in future years!
MG asked if we'd had any sightings data for osprey in the area. PE to ask Simon Taylor (BTO) to
research to include in this talk later in May.
SY and PE reported that the findings of the Heronry Census had changed this year but were unsure of the
cause. There have been less occupied nests counted at the Penpol heronry with 6 nests compared to 12
or 13 in previous years. But there has been an increase in nesting seen at the Haye Point sub-
7 or 8 nests counted compared to 4 in previous years, 2 or 3 Egret nests were also seen here this year.
SY said that local reports suggest that heron nesting activity was first seen at Haye Point in 2008.
Overall there has been a small decline in heron nesting activity but there has also been much less aerial
activity of the herons and less Egret activity too.
Following an action from the last meeting, Janet Longman reported that no heron activity had been seen
at Great Wood near St Winnow. PE to give this information to Simon Taylor (BTO).
– IL reported many more Shelduck on the estuary this year, 6 or 7 pairs.
– BTO had requested volunteer surveyors for Woodcock and Night Jars in a square south of Golant,
Ian McCarthty had volunteered to undetake the survey.
Otter Survey Project
CH said that Ian McCarthy had got further footage of otters at Wiseman's Stone earlier in the season
using his trailcam. This footage will be shown to the group along with his film at the 2019 AGM.
RW reported that the Cornwall Mammal Group were again trying to initiate a Coastal Otter Project in the
Westcountry region. One aspect of the project would be the collection of spraint to identify if the otter's
food source is predominantly freshwater or saltwater.
RW reported that no mammals were found at Lantyan on his April visit, the next check is on 19 th May, if
you want to get involved, contact Rob.
25 Dormouse tubes have been put up on David and Karen's land, the other 25 tubes have been put up by
Rob in the 3 Bays Wildlife Group area. The tubes will be checked for signs of dormice, by looking for nests
and collected back in in November.
MG has not done her check at Lombard yet due to bad weather.
It was commented that nationally, numbers of dormice have been low so far in monitoring terms, this is
likely due to the poor winter weather and dormice waking late from their hiberation.
MG said that we have volunteers who have offered to undertake dormouse training, they will need to take
part in the box monitoring schemes and get handling experience. MG to send details of the dates of the
next Lombard visits to be emailed to these volunteers.
CH reported that the ReFILL project continues to be popular with several businesses signed up as ReFILL
stations in Fowey. Volunteers are still needed to sign up businesses in communities around the Estuary. If
you can get involved, contact Claire. Suggestions included Jane Richards for Lostwithiel and Vicki
Carver for Lerrryn.
CH said that ReFILL bottle sales were going well with only about 40 bottles left.
MG asked about the progress of the Plastic Free Fowey campaign, CH said that she hadn't heard any
more from Lucy Daniels. CH to ask Lucy for an update on the campaign.
CH reported that Natural England have received their funding and a part-
to the project. Monitoring and control of Pacific Oytsers has commenced and a training session was held
at the end of April where a few hundred oysters were counted and 'controlled'. The volunteers who were
involved said that it was worthwhile and a great stress reliever, even if we did end up covered!
CH said that monitoring will continue over the summer period with physical action beginning again in
October. CH also said that she had received concerns from the shellfish industry about Natural England's
approach to the control of this species. CH will follow this up with Natural England.
7.30pm at Trenython Manor Hotel
rockpooling followed by mini-
– MG – Westcountry Rivers Trust CSI Project are doing a 'Blitz' on 26th-
involved in this project are asked to undertake a survey in their river during this weekend.
– MG – Gribbin Head tower open day, Margaret and Tim are volunteering this coming Sunday at the
tower which will be open to the public.
– PE – is concerned about 'live aboards' on the estuary, there are currently 2 in Golant and there is
concern about them pumping their toilets into the estuary. CH to follow up with FHC.
– CH – Nigel and Alix Vincent have moved on from Haye Farm, we would like to thank them for their
support of the heronry and osprey projects. A framed print from Karen was suggested as a nice
PE said that they plan a visit to Haye Farm again in the winter to introduce themselves to the new
– CH – Looe Marine Group have offered us free places on their Outdoor First Aid Training. CH to
email details to volunteers.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 19th September at 7pm at Fisherman's Arms, Golant
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