Wildlife at Trelissick – late summer 2017

August is the month of school holidays, the time when high summer turns to late summer and when a visit to the seaside is never more appropriate. This is a great opportunity to go and investigate the foreshore at Trelissick beach – go searching under the seaweed, peek into rock crevices and dabble in rock pools…

A-Z of the Trelissick Countryside: B is for bats

….is for bats What are bats? Bats are mammals like us and many of the animals we have come to think of as pets. As such, they have warm blood, fur and a baby bat (known as a pup) feeds on its mother’s milk for at least a few weeks after being born. Bats are…

Mid-summer is a riot of colour!

This blog was fully intended to be an update on what we have been up to in the countryside over the early summer months. On reflection, a great deal of our work at this time of year consists of strimming, trimming and mowing the irrepressible growth of vegetation that almost explodes out of the hedgerows in…

A – Z of the Trelissick Countryside: an assortment of A’s

It’s time to begin a new feature on this ‘ere blog – drum roll, trumpet fanfare please – it’s the A-Z of the Trelissick countryside! These alphabet themed articles will run alongside our regular updates and hopefully draw together the more disparate and anecdotal elements of countryside management in a short, sharp and thrilling format that…

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…