Countryside news – Summer 2017

Work Early summer is always a curious sort of time in the countryside for us rangers. Of course, there is considerable relief that the cold, wet weather is behind us and those first, warm weeks of sunshine are most definitely savoured by everyone on our team. Work-wise however, there is a bit of a lull…

Countryside news – Early Spring 2017

Work Our countryside work at Trelissick is very woodland orientated and so winter is often our busiest time of the year. With the absence of nesting birds, we can get into the woods and carry out our management with the minimum of impact on the dormant trees or the feathered families that may come to inhabit them….

Horsepower

  Background Any of our visitors who have taken a stroll over to Tregew in the last couple of weeks might have stumbled upon an unexpected sight: The countryside team has had the privilege of employing David Jones and his four heavy horses to plough one of our fields in preparation for sowing with barley. We thought it would be very…

A mini, mid-winter update from the countryside

Forestry The New Year and colder(ish) weather means that now is the time for us rangers to resume our annual forestry work. Carrying on from where we left off at the tail-end of last winter, we shall be continuing our traditional coppicing and thinning along Lamouth Creek, near Roundwood Quay. If you are a regular…

How we manage Tregew for wildlife

Introduction Whilst the masses might pour through the main gates and out into the spectacular panorama of the Trelissick parkland, there are some intrepid explorers who make it their business to seek out the quieter corners of the estate. These inquisitive pilgrims might well know the hushful, wildlife-friendly fields to be found at Tregew, with…

Fantastic fungi and a fifty foot wide fairy ring

Introduction Our depth of appreciation for mushrooms can be aided by a basic understanding of how fungi function. These unique organisms actually represent one of the five ‘kingdoms’ of life – the others being plants, animals, prokaryotae (rock-bottom on the evolutionary scale, these are single-celled organisms who don’t even have a nucleus to their name,…

Work and wildlife, autumn 2016

  Autumn, sometimes known as the season of melancholy, has crept up once more to proclaim the end of summer. It brings bracing, misty mornings, clusters of mushrooms, nuts and berries; the earlier encroachment of darkness and leaves rusting, falling, and finally crunching underfoot. All of these seasonal characteristics are in evidence as you walk…

Work and wildlife – a late summer update for World Ranger Day 2016

Today – Sunday 31st July 2016 – is the annual World Ranger Day. This occasion has been marked since 2007 to honour rangers that have died in the line of duty (not so applicable to us in Britain, but well worth remembering). It is also a day to celebrate the work that rangers do ‘to protect the world’s…

Brilliant brambles – one of nature’s unsung heroes

  Brambles are one of the most common and recognisable plants in the British countryside. Even from an early age, a bramble’s cruel barbs acquaint us intimately; as do purple stained fingers and lips – the badges of a burgeoning berry harvester. In fact, the bramble is so ubiquitous that, until it produces its prized fruit or snags…

Work and wildlife – An early summer update

Firstly, I apologise for the lack of a blog over the last couple of months but, as ever, the spring and summer are a busy old time in the countryside, with events-a-plenty and the hedgerows and path edges growing like crazy. A slight re-cap on what we’re up to seems in order…. Truro River Rowing Club…

Woodland management at Trelissick – Part one: The past

Regular readers of this blog will have realised long ago that woodland management is a big part of our work in the countryside, both at Trelissick and along the North Helford River, but many of you will surely have asked, ‘Why do we need to manage the woods? They have been here for many millions of…