North Hill is a parish of two halves ~ the western side is moorland at 250-350m, the highest peak being Kilmar above Twelvemen's Moor at 390m and the eastern side is mostly improved, agricultural land of 150 -200m. The River Lynher is a major habitat dividing line. The Withybrook drains down from the moorland to the NW of the parish supplying water to the local area, and treated at Bastreet. On the eastern side of the parish there is network of small streams feeding into the Lynher. The watershed is the B3257. To the NE of this, two streams flow from Coads Green and Slipper Hill into the River Inny. There is some good mixed woodland on the western slopes of the Lynher Valley, part of the private Trebartha Estate and on the same facade of the Inny Valley to the East. High quality wetland is to be found on the Withybrook and south of Hawks Tor. Many of these areas have already been visited with local experts to extend the knowledge of members of the group.
An outline programme of events for the year in all the parishes are shown as part of the Launceston Area Overview
As with Altarnun Parish, the moorland provides the ideal habitat for Golden Plover, Wheatear, Skylark and Meadow Pipits, but the Cuckoo is not as common except below Bearah Tor. Red Deer and Roe Deer are frequently recorded by members, close to their own homes. In a wooded valley, closer to the Lynher, Siskins and Redpolls are regular sightings at one bird feeder and Dormice too come down into the garden to feed. Green Hairstreak is a specialist butterfly recorded in the parish. All the species that the North Hill members have recorded in a regular Wildlife Diary downloadable from the site are shown in Findings - a series of automatically updated reports covering statistics and analysis of the species by year and quarter, since 2003.
A wider flavour of the habitat and species being seen by members in the parish can be see in the Image Gallery.
North Hill is one of the 5 initial parishes in the Launceston Area Parish Wildlife Group. Details of the other parishes are shown in Parishes and Groups and what we are learning from these groups as a whole is presented in Launceston Area Overview.