Butterfly Conservation

An Invitation to CBWPS members from Cornwall Butterfly Conservation

Many active birders have a keen interest in butterflies and moths. Cornwall Butterfly Conservation invites you to its AGM and Members Day on Saturday March 12th at Trispen Community Centre (opposite Rowes Honda dealership). The day starts at 10 am with a coffee and sign-in plus the chance to ‘mingle’ and meet old friends. The AGM starts at 10.30 but doesn’t last long. There are two main speakers for the day, starting with a new young wildlife photographer, Ben Porter, in the morning and Professor Jeremy Thomas on ‘Blue Butterflies, Ants and Parasitoids’in the afternoon. Professor Thomas is a leading expert on lepidoptera and is a real star speaker whom we are lucky to get down here in Cornwall.

Entry on the door is £7 but you get fed for this too! Pasties, cakes, savouries and biscuits, as well as tea and coffee, all provided. These events are always very much enjoyed and it would be great to see some people from the birding world coming along. Hope to see you there.

Roger Hooper

Stephen Moss at Falmouth Poly

Stephen Moss is coming to Falmouth Poly
There are very few people from the world of television who are regarded as ‘real’ birders. Two stand out. Bill Oddie is one. The other is the producer of ‘Birding with Bill Oddie’ and ‘Bill Oddie goes Wild’, Stephen Moss.
The RSPB Cornwall Local Group are presenting ‘An Evening with Stephen Moss’ at Falmouth Poly on Thursday December 3rd and welcome members of CBWPS to this major indoor event.
Stephen is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. He was the original producer for BBC’s ‘Springwatch’, a programme that has enthused millions of people about nature and conservation and worked on the programme from its first broadcast in 2005. Spin-offs from the programme now include ‘Autumnwatch’ and occasional specials such as ‘Winterwatch’ Other major works include ‘Big Cat Diary’ and ‘The Nature of Britain’ with Alan Titchmarsh. He also produced ‘Birds Britannia’ about the relationship between the British people and the birds that live around them.
A regular broadcaster on BBC Radio4, a columnist on birds and nature for ‘The Guardian’ and author of many books on birds and wildlife, Stephen uses all these mediums to enthuse as big an audience as possible about the wonderful nature of Britain and the wider world.
‘An Evening with Stephen Moss’ is at The Falmouth Poly, Church Street, Falmouth on Thursday, December 3rd at 7.30 pm. Booking is essential and tickets can be bought and reserved, to be picked up on the night, by ringing the Box Office on 01326 319461. Tickets can be purchased online at ‘thepoly.org’ and then clicking on ‘talks’. Tickets are £10 and £8 for students.
Roger Hooper



You may have seen recent publicity about the review of and potential threat to the EU Birds and Habitats Directives arising  from a review of their operation led by the European Commission. The RSPB and other members of Wildlife Link organisations are seeking to protect and promote these EU Nature Directives.  The Directives provide essential protection to our rarest and most threatened species, and safeguard the best habitats for supporting a diversity of life in the UK and across much of Europe. They drive the fundamental aspects of conservation in the most important places – from managing sites and protecting them from development, to protecting species from human persecution. That’s why we need a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives during the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the Directives. The more people act, the easier it will be to convince EU leaders that the general public really care about nature and won’t tolerate a weakening of its protection.

We would really appreciate the help of you and your members to add their voices to this call. We are asking that everybody takes about 20 minutes to submit a detailed response https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EUNatureDirectives  directly to the European Commission. The more detailed responses they get, the better. The whole survey is multiple choice with one free text question at the end, so taking part is still quite quick and easy. There is an option to complete just Part 1 of the survey which is less detailed but covers the essential points. The attached briefing should help people to answer the questionnaire.

If people do not feel confident to complete the full consultation or do not have time to do so then please take 2 minutes for the one-click action of support which can be accessed through the RSPB website <http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/campaignwithus/defendnature/> .  However, please don’t do this as well as completing the full consultation.  Obviously completing the full EU questionnaire directly will be the most effective but either will be fantastic.

Please forward the content of this email as you see fit to members, friends or family. If you prefer information can also be accessed and followed by sharing our social media campaign <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23defendnature&src=typd <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23defendnature&src=typd> >  (#defendnature)


Paul St Pierre (RSPB Conservation Officer)

Balearic Shearwater Survey

Balearic Shearwater synchronised survey  –  seawatchers needed on 18 Aug 2015

A coordinated MARINElife/RSPB regional Balearic shearwater survey, at sea and from land is taking place between Portland and Ilfracombe on 18th August.  The aim of the survey is to arrive at a population estimate for Balearics using the seas around the SW.

If you are either an experienced seawatcher and could help as part of the land based team, or are ESAS qualified and could help as part of the boat based team we would be very grateful if you could spare us some seawatching hours on the 18th.  There are lots of variables that we have no control over with such a one day survey but we are going to give it a try.

In Cornwall we hope to have enough watchers to cover Rame, Lizard, Gwennap, Pendeen, Trevose, and for North Devon,  Hartland.  There will be two shifts of 6 hours between dawn and dusk (shorter shifts are ok too) –  full details can be forwarded if you are interested so please do get in touch.

For land based surveys contact [email protected]

For boat based surveys contact [email protected]


Bioblitz at Bell Lake Marsh

24hr BioBlitz at Bell Lake Marsh
From 12.00 noon Saturday 28th June
12.00 noon Sunday 29th June 2014
This event will cover Bell Lake Marsh & Bell Lake, two important, adjoining wildlife sites, along Red River Valley Local Nature Reserve near Camborne, (SW621428). 
Event flyer attached.

For the last 2 years we have been working hard to restore the diversity of habitat in this rather unique wetland area. Great strides have been made in removing gorse and willow which were rapidly colonising previously open areas which in the past had supported colonies of Scarce blue-tail damselflies and Marsh Fritillary butterflies and it is felt by the co-ordinators of the group and Cornwall Council, who own the land, that the time is perfect for a Bioblitz to catalogue as much of the flora and fauna as possible as a benchmark for the future.
Come along and help us record! You don’t need to be an expert, (but if you are that would be fantastic!), just bring along your enthusiasm. Many eyes will see more and help to build up a truly comprehensive catalogue of all the wonderful inhabitants of our beautiful reserve. Everyone is welcome!

You can come along at any stage during the 24 hours of the BioBlitz and stay for as little, or long, as you like, all we ask is that if you do come along could please sign in on site and let us have your records before you leave.
Parking is at the bottom of Cuttings Hill near Coombe at SW629422. From there follow the signs across the river & along the track down to the marsh where you will find our team of volunteers ready to greet you. Please note that is a pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk down to the marsh from the parking area, (which will be unmanned).
Organised by Steve Jones, Jo Poland, Gary Barlow, Laura Fox & Kevin Gill 
You can register your interest by contacting Laura Fox, the Red River Rescuers group recorder – email: [email protected], or call: 07958524428. Or you can simply turn up at any time on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday morning. 
Be sure to bring wellington boots as you will need them to access the site! Don’t forget your suncream for the afternoon/morning sessions & a torch if you are intending to stay late on the Saturday.
Directions: Leave the A30 dual carriageway at the Camborne West exit (Treswithian).
If you are travelling in a westerly direction turn left at the end of the slip road and go all the way around the roundabout and back along the same road to cross over the A30 before turning left on to a minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at
 the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after the river bridge.
If you are travelling in an easterly direction turn left at the end of the slip road & immediately left again on toa minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after
the river bridge.
Please park sensibly and do not obstruct vehicular access along the
 Steve Jones

Day Trip to Lundy

Day Trip to LUNDY   Sunday 18th May 2014
Boarding at Bideford from 8.00am    Sailing from Bideford at 8.30am  Returning to Bideford c 8.30pm
Bar and buffet available on board
Everyone is welcome, birdwatchers or those who would just like a peaceful day on this beautiful IslandWe also hope to include a sail around the Island to see the seabirds and seals
full name and gender of all passengers is a steamship requirement, please give details when purchasing
Adults £29, Children (under 16) £16
Please let Mark Humfrey know if you are interested as soon as possible as the 24th April is the last date of purchase to make this trip viable.
Tickets available from:  through the Devon Birds Shop now (www.devonbirds.org)
  Mark Humfrey, Morada, St John’s Lane, Barnstaple  EX32 9DD              Tel. No. 01271344556
All applications must be clearly marked ‘Lundy Trip’ and must include a SAE please. Cheques should be made payable to Devon Birds.

Schedule 1 Nesting Birds

This is a  reminder for birders to report any suspicious behaviour around our  schedule 1 species in Cornwall.
There are national surveys this year for Peregrine and chough, and of course the RSPB have in place people doing nest protection for Chough but if birders are worried about any behaviour surrounding these vulnerable species they should call the police on 999 if it is happening then and there or call 101 if an incident has already happened.
Here is the complete list of schedule 1 species – most don’t breed in Cornwall but a fair few species do, or potentially could do in the future.

Schedule 1 – Part I  http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/wildbirdslaw/birdsandlaw/wca/schedules.aspx

Birds and their young, for which it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an ‘active’ nest.

Avocet, Bee-eater, Bittern, Little Bittern, Bluethroat, Brambling, Cirl  Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Honey Buzzard, Capercaillie (Scotland only), Chough, Corncrake, Spotted Crake, Crossbills (all species), Divers (all species), Dotterel, Long-tailed Duck, 
Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Gyr Falcon, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garganey, Greylag (in Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross only), Black-tailed Godwit, Goshawk, Goldeneye, Black necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Greenshank, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Harriers (all species), Purple Heron, Hobby, Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Red Kite, Merlin, Golden Oriole, Osprey, Barn Owl, Snowy Owl, Peregrine, Leach’s Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Pintail, Kentish Plover, Little-ringed Plover, Common Quail, Black Redstart, Redwing, Scarlet Rosefinch, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Scaup, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Serin, Shorelark, Red-backed Shrike, Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Temminck’s Stint, Stone Curlew, Bewick’s Swan, Whooper Swan, Black Tern, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Bearded Tit, Crested Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Whimbrel, Woodlark and Wryneck.

Seabird Deaths

A further note from Vic Simpson (of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Truro) who thanks all those who responded to the original message.
He would now prefer NOT to receive any further seabird mortalities from around the Cornish coast at the present time unless any further large incidents crop up (involving VERY FRESH mortalities).
Vic Simpson can be contacted at [email protected] or via 01872 560623.
The following is a is a request from Natural England.
 The current severe weather conditions may result in increased seabird mortality along the coast and Natural England would be very interested in examining any corpses (specifically Black throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe) washed up in the south Cornwall area. Anyone finding any of these species is asked to bag and freeze them (if possible) and contact Richard Cook at Natural England ([email protected])
to arrange pickup and post-mortem examination

Proposed Wind Turbine at Stithians Reservoir

You may have seen notices in the hides at Stithians about a proposed wind turbine at Lower Lancarrow farm, VERY near the Golden Lion cut-off. I went to an objectors meeting on Friday at the farm next door and was told that the planning application has gone in and individuals should now send in objections. This huge thing would be 77 metres to the tip (same as Truro Cathedral) and have a 54 metre blade span. The base will be 500 to 600 metres  behind the scrub at the back of the cut-off and will be lethal to herons, buzzards you name it.

To object write to Glenn Lowe, Senior Development Officer, Planning and Regeneration, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Ave. Camborne, TR14 8SX.
You can e-mail objections, but we have been advised by a planning lawyer that letters carry more weight. The e-mail though is     [email protected] 
 Objections must be in within 14 days.
The criteria for objecting are very restricted, so stick to the impact on birds and wildlife and its proximity to the site. Get others to do the same!
Roger Hooper.

A Day for Nature 3rd/4th August

Flyer for Nature day

Cornwall Day for Nature
3rd and 4th August 2013
Building on the success of last year’s event, ‘Cornwall Day for Nature’ on 3rd and 4th August promises even more opportunities to enjoy nature first hand.  The event is sponsored by South West Lakes Trust and will be held at Stithians Reservoir.
On Saturday 3rd August the event will start with an evening focused on Moths and Bats, where you can find out about nature in Cornwall at night with local specialists running moth traps and taking a bat walk (subject to weather).  Overnight on site camping is available.
Sunday 4th August will start with an early morning ‘Dawn Chorus’ walk to a bird ringing site and a small mammal trapping demonstration, which will be followed by a range of walks during the day.
Conservation Groups will exhibit and publicise their conservation work and activities providing a great opportunity to get find out more and involved!  Exhibitors will include Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society (CBWPS), South West Lakes Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT), Cornwall Bat Group, Cornwall Mammal Group, Butterfly Conservation and an introduction to the Robin Song Project, a South West Children’s Hospice Project to bring wildlife into the lives of children.
Fun for all ages! The National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Fox Club will be offering nature themed fun for children of all ages. The National Trust will have with their arts and crafts marquee, together with demonstrations of green woodworking and bush craft. Come and talk to their Rangers about the ongoing work for wildlife on the spectacular Lizard coastline, where choughs and rare plants abound.
Try and buy the latest optical equipment for all price ranges! Trade exhibits will feature South West Optics, Leica, Swarovski, Nikon, Zeiss and Opticron.
Local wildlife artist, Griff, founder of the Robin Song Project for the South West Children’s Hospice, will be displaying his work in the marquee.
South West Lakes will be offering kayaking, archery  and climbing wall taster sessions  (a small fee will apply these activities to cover costs).
Refreshments will be available at the popular Watersports Cafe within the complex to eat and drink inside or on the lakeside.
It will be a free event but we do hope to raise some funds for a new proposed viewing screen  at College Reservoir and on going conservation work at Stithians Reservoir.