Nature Notes – Spring 2014

The first swallow of Spring arrived at Pill Farm on 5th April, that’s ten days earlier than the first one seen last year. While out early on Monday morning, looking over the coppiced wood a Nanphillows, I was lucky enough to hear a cuckoo, possibly over at Tregew, where there are lots of songbirds. That’s…

Winter

Apologies for the lack of blog material, the wet weather has made me reluctant to take my camera out and this blog has fallen by the wayside for a while. The wet and mild weather has been causing us a few problems with washed out paths and flooded fields, but our most significant loss happened…

Autumn at Trelissick Park

The recent spell of settled autumn weather has really brought out the colours of the trees in the parkland at Trelissick.  Even after the wild, wet and blustery weather some of the leaves are still on, especially the oak trees. There are still a few apples on the trees in the old orchard at Pill, but…

Sea birds washed up along the coast

You may have heard about dead and sick seabirds being washed up along the south coast. The birds seem to have been affected by polyisobutylene (PIB). Two were found at Gyllyngvase at the weekend, so it is possible that more will be found locally.  If you find a live or dead stranded bird please report them immediately…

Muddy Ducks

Lamouth Creek on the north side of the estate is a great place to observe wildfowl, especially at low tide. The other day I was walking along the north woodland walk where the creek was busy with many different species of birds feeding on the wide variety of molluscs and invertibrates which live in inter-tidal mud. The…

Life on the Carrick Roads

Great Northern Diver   Out on the Carrick Roads recently, in front of Trelissick park below Turnaware Point, I caught a glimpse of four Great Northern Divers or ‘Loons’ and a couple of Mergansers. Both these species come into the estuary for feeding and protection in winter. The Divers are usually further out to sea…

Barn Owl Ecology

We’ve just earned our certificates from the Barn Owl Trust  so that we can survey for barn owl nests and roosts on the property. It was a great course, we learned loads and it is very reassuring that the work we’ve done at Tregew is ideal habitat for the owls. We hope to get nest boxes…

Local wildlife

While putting the pigs away the other night I heard a commotion in the Wash Room and against the window there was a sparrowhawk trapped. Fortunately she was easy enough to catch and the stunning little bird was released to the darkness, but not before I’d taken a picture. I recently saw a harvest mouse…

Curlew

Just lately have become interested in waders!!  Out on the boat the other day and rowed past our resident group of Curlew. The sound and sight of curlew and red shank on the river are very emotive and atmospheric.

Looking forward to some sunshine…

The unusual weather this year has had a devastating effect on insect populations on the estate, with a corresponding impact on the animals which feed on them, such as birds and bats. I set a moth trap the night before a school visit and managed to catch only a handful of moths – at this…