Grey squirrels – a major threat to our native woodland

A great deal of our woodland management at Trelissick revolves around the removal of trees that have been severely damaged by grey squirrels. Often these trees are mal-formed, stunted and feeble, leaving them unstable and unsafe, particularly when in close proximity to one of our footpaths. The consequences of the grey squirrel introduction to our…

Wassail!

Here’s to thee, old apple tree, That blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, Three bushel bags full, An’ all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah! – Traditional wassail song There is a great deal to honor about orchards. These abundant spaces have inspired painters and poets,  folklore passed down through the ages, and provided recipes for both cooking and distillation….

Work and wildlife: a new year’s round-up

Happy new year to all our visitors at Trelissick! It has certainly been a wet and stormy festive period, with weeks of high winds and relentless heavy rainfall.   The sea wall has once again succumbed to rough waves and two sections have now collapsed. This breach has allowed the sea to pour into the bottom…

The dead-wood invertebrates

It’s apparent that a great deal of our blog posts seem to revolve around a single aspect of our work as rangers here at Trelissick: This oft-omitted subject – a source of great fascination, discussion and affection for our small countryside team – concerns the retention and protection of our dead and dying trees and the remarkable, obscure ecosystems that are…