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…

Scots Pine on the South Woodland Walk

The exceptional storms and rain over recent months have taken their toll on the trees at Trelissick. The sodden ground has loosened its grip on the root structures of our trees, particularly in the case of the shallow roots of conifers. Consequently, National Trust staff and volunteer crews have been frequently called to clear fallen or…

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…

Signs of Spring

Along with daffodils, campion, snowdrops and hawthorn we have seen the first cow parsley of the year in flower at Pill Farm. A beautiful little umbellifer which, on mass later in the Spring, is a real feature of Cornish lanes. The cold easterly wind is usually no use to man nor beast but this year…

Coppicing around the North Woodland Walk

The weather of recent weeks and the Christmas break has hampered our ability to get on with activities outside. However, the rain has finally eased up for a while. So with a full volunteer team and Len, the seasonal woodsman, we got out on the North Woodland Walk at Trelissick, to coppice a section of the…

The first signs of Spring

We saw daffodils in flower at Tregew on the estate near Truro earlier this month. They appeared on Monday17th December, even before the Winter Solstice. If you are interested in the timing of events in the natural world you can see reports of sightings from phenologists on Nature’s Calendar. This has good advice on identifying…