Between 2001 & 2008, the Launceston Branch of Cornwall Wildlife Trust introduced the concept of a Parish Wildlife Project with the help of a Millennium Award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Many individuals and organisations supported the project which was led by Dr Brian Stringer from Launceston. Even with his health in decline, he worked tirelessly to create a working model of the project that others could take on and develop for themselves. This is his legacy.
The project encouraged and trained people to recognise and record their local wildlife using a diary list of the most common species. Five parishes: Altarnun, St.Clether, Lezant, North hill, and North Petherwin collected over ten years of records, verified by local co-ordinators and experts and finally sent to the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) in 2013.
Wildlife recording methods have changed a great deal since then with the development of a number of national, specialist and local recording schemes. See our recording page for details.
But the message remains the same ~ if it is not recorded, no one will know it was there…
Members have developed their own interests and knowledge and this is reflected in many of our activities. But wildlife or nature walks remain our favourite activity because so much can be observed and learned from the sites we visit, we enjoy the fresh air and exercise and see some beautiful places.
Very occasionally and as a treat, we enjoy a day out!
In 2014 we became an affiliated local group of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
We link with many other specialist groups to hold joint events in our wider area and we are very happy to advertise their events when appropriate. And are able to offer illustrated talks on several wildlife related topics.