The Heron’s breeding season starts as early as February or March with young in the nest by late April. So we started our surveying in late January 2013, by boat, looking for sites mentioned in historic records and anecdotal reports. Our first quest was to the Great Wood Site just below St. Winnow where a 1928 report in British Birds listed 8 breeding pairs. However no herons were observed on this occasion. We subsequently learnt that this heronry was blown out in a storm, possibly the 1990 Burns Day Storm.
We then made our way to a site at the mouth of Penpoll Creek, which was more successful, and here we counted 12 nest sites and some 20 herons flying in the vicinity. It’s possible that after the Gt. Wood site was wrecked the birds started a new heronry in the woods here which have only matured comparatively recently. These trees are not shown on the 1962 6-
At Low Water, Readymoney Cove reveals many rockpool treasures and we organize events for children and adults alike, to come and discover them with us. Several volunteers have been lucky enough to receive training in species ID, organizing events and much more, from the Marine Conservation team at Cornwall Wildlife Trust. There is ongoing support and involvement from CWT with other marine projects going on which we are informed about and welcomed to take part in.
We run a series of rockpool events during the year – usually timed for school holidays. We venture further afield sometimes – to Spit Beach, Par, for example and we also run events for schools when requested to do so.
It’s a really fun thing to help with and even those who come along feeling they have little or no knowledge are liable to get hooked and want to learn more.
There is plenty for the more experienced volunteers to do with surveys and recording particularly. For example, last year a Stalked Jellyfish was found at Readymoney – this is a Biodiversity Action Plan species and at Spit Beach we found Honeycomb Worm – a BAP Habitat species.
Contact us to join in!
You will be made very welcome!
FoFE volunteers are monitoring two sites within the estuary area which are registered with the National Dormouse Monitoring Scheme. One of our volunteers is monitoring a further site for the National Trust which is also within the estuary.
The first site, in the Fowey Harbour Commission’s Hall Walk Woods, has been refurbished and is being checked twice-
The second site is at Lantyan in a wood owned by the Woodland Trust. We have also refurbished this site as it was quite productive for a few years and then the recorder was unable to continue and the boxes left to rot from about 2004. When we put the new boxes up in December 2013, there were nests in two of the old dilapidated boxes so we are hoping there will be uptake in the new ones. At the last visit, there were Tit nests in over one third of the boxes and in 3 boxes there was evidence of Dormouse presence because strands of Honeysuckle bark were found in them. Dormice favour this to weave there nests.
The third site is in a similar situation to Hall Walk Woods being in woodland on the south bank of Penpol though the habitat differs slightly and Dormouse are being recorded there albeit in small numbers.
We are always pleased to have interested folk coming along when we check boxes so please let us know and you will be kept informed of Dormouse matters.
Osprey are seen around the Fowey Estuary area and in the river and creeks every year but have not bred here in the recent past.
On Monday evening, 2 March 2015, in a very comfortable room kindly provided by Trenython Manor, our Fowey Osprey Project
Next Volunteer Meeting
Thursday 4th May -
A chance to find out more about the surveys and projects we're involved in, everyone welcome.
Minutes of last meeting CLICK HERE
Minutes of previous meetings meeting CLICK HERE
We began by setting up a talk about otters by Dave Groves of the Cornwall mammal Group to inform members who had not studied otters previously. We hope to join, or at least mirror, the the proposed Coastal Otter Project but until this thisoing we have started by ourselves.
|Fungus Foray 2012|
|Rockpool Ramble 2012|
|Rockpool Exploration 2013|
|Shark And Ray Egg Case Hunt 2013|
|Lantyan Dormouse Survey 2013|
|Seal Pupping 2013|
|Bat Watch 2013|
|Rockpool Ramble 2013|
|Walk in Lantyan Wood 2014|
|Rockpool Ramble 2014|
|Aquarium Visit 2014|
|Kayak Wildlife Trip 2014|
|Marine Day 2014|
|Marine Litter 2014|
|Work & Leisure|