Woodwise ~ Life in Deadwood (really fascinating…!)

I found a link to a copy of ‘Woodwise’, a journal available on the Woodland Trust website at: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2019/12/wood-wise-autumn-2019/

This edition looks at deadwood & decay, great subjects for such a dark and wet day but it is fascinating stuff! In depth but readable… have a look

Cornwall Mammal Group events of interest~

There are two events, one about the work on badger vaccination being carried out in Cornwall (see poster, left), on Weds January 22nd, 7:30pm at Falmouth University and the other (pdf to download below) is a competition for the best short presentation about work with mammals in Cornwall which will take place on April 18th but entries need to be in by March 1st. Please pass on to any students working on mammal projects in the county.

Vic Simpson Prize competition

These are well out of our local area but very relevant and there’s an opportunity to car-share.

The BSBI New Year Plants in flower hunt

Ian Bennallick had organised a botanical group flower hunt down at Perranporth on Wednesday and I was disappointed that I couldn’t go. So did my own here in Middlewood and successfully entered the nine species! They do ask for nil records as well so am not embarrassed. Ian & co found 72 and were fifth in the national list but he always chooses coastal places, not inland edge of Bodmin Moor!

You have one more day, tomorrow, Sunday if you have the time & inclination; it was quite straightforward to use the online form and you can use common names, even just the single name if you are uncertain about the exact species. Next year, I think LAPWG should do one as a group effort. See: https://bsbi.org/new-year-plant-hunt-how-to-take-part

Bats & Butterflies? (but it’s winter…)

Very soon after last week’s frosts, on Tuesday evening (and despite the ice staying on the water bowl in the front garden here all day), in came one of the Lesser Horseshoe bats. After a cold spell, they usually stay in hibernation or torpor for several days before re-emerging when the weather warms up again.

Then on Thursday, December 5th, Ian McClenaghan emailed to say that he found a Red Admiral butterfly attempting to feed on some hebe in his garden on the edge of Launceston. Temperature was only 8c.

Dormice in decline

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) who run the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) and the National Dormouse Database (NDD) have published a new report on the numbers of dormice. While some next box site are holding their own, the general trend is down. Several reasons but here is the full report to download and read:

The State of Britain’s Dormice 2019

November Newsletter links mentioned including a report on our Armstrong’s Wood visit

Our November newsletter has just been sent out to our members and these are the links mentioned:

Medicinal properties of nectar on pollinating insects:


Buglife, new B-lines to put the buzz back into Cornwall:


Report by Rowena on our visit to Armstrong’s Wood