Wildlife

Danny Groves from picks six cetacean species to look out for in the waters around Cornwall and the South West

Bottlenose dolphins are the charismatic superstars of the sea, catching a glimpse of them is an experience never forgotten.

Forrest the fox cub was discovered at just four weeks old, malnourished and soaking wet laying in a puddle in a field outside Newquay, Cornwall by a kind-hearted tourist out for an evening walk.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading local wildlife charity invite you to join local storyteller Mark Harandon and walk back into the past through the grassland and gorse to the wild hill of Bartinney.

A ‘Little Bit of Battiness’ Bat Walk on Saturday 17 May near Illogan

Home is where the heart is - and at this time of year, for birds their nests are busy with the job of laying eggs and bringing up their young. DAVID CHAPMAN examines how we can help them

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places in a fantastic opportunity to visit their new Bostraze Nature Reserve at dawn to hear the nature reserve’s birdlife welcome another spring morning with birdsong.

What you put on your plate an have a huge impact on Cornwall’s natural beauty. Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust offers some tips on supporting Cornwall’s oldest industry

Way back in 2004 Babs Atkins bequeathed Looe (St George’s) Island to Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall’s leading wildlife charity. Ten years on and the Trust have had their hands full as they’ve worked to carefully look after the island wildlife’s and its visitors!

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust, your leading local wildlife charity to celebrate their new nature reserve on Saturday 1 March

In this stunning sub-tropical climate, the Scilly Isles boasts the perfect weather for a heavenly host of flora which turns these islands into a patchwork of vibrant colours and provides work for islanders. Lesley Double joined the 2013 harvest

PhotographY: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

It’s known the world over for its breath-taking scenery, famous sign post and as the starting place for countless treks the length of Britain, including the 2012 Olympic torch relay. But it’s what lies beneath the soil of Land’s End that has been getting archaeologists excited since last year, when a family of burrowing rabbits unearthed stunning evidence of over 5000 years of human activity on the site.

Come along and meet a large collection of amazing owl species from all over the world and enjoy a unique chance to learn about owl conservation and education from experts at the sanctuary.

Ventongimps Moor was Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s first reserve. Reserves volunteer Elly Phillips, discovers why it remains a favourite for lovers of wildlife, flora and fauna.

All photos by Elly Phillips

Love them or hate them, starlings are definately hard to ignore. David Chapman argues the case for the bird with a big personality.

Godolphin is easy to miss but difficult to forget, discovers Louise Danks

Scilly Flowers have begun picking this year’s crop of scented narcissi – with the first boxes being posted out from the tiny island of St Martin’s on St Narcissus Day.

A webcam has been installed at the Falmouth Coastguard station, to capture live footage of the harbour and seals at Black Rock to assist with the creation of a database of Cornwall’s grey seal population.

I remember once watching a buff-breasted sandpiper on a golf course on the Scillies. This is an American bird which had been blown off course (excuse the pun) across the Atlantic in a storm. It had intended to fly from North to South America but had ended up in Cornwall and was lucky to be alive. At the time I wondered what would happen to it, would it ever go back or would it be stuck on this side of the Atlantic for life?

Staff and their families from Helston based company Frugi were recently treated to an exclusive wildlife walk at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on the Lizard, lead by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This extra-special wildlife experience celebrated Frugi’s fantastic support for the Trust during their eight year relationship.

Last year the national honey survey reported that the honey harvest across the country was down 72 per cent on 2011, with beekeepers across the South West only scraping seven pounds per hive, compared to a yearly average of thirty pounds.

The search is on to find the best visual portrayal of our nation’s enduring connection to the sea. It’s part of a new national photography competition launched today by one of the UK’s oldest maritime charities to celebrate Seafarers Awareness Week (24 – 30 June).

There are some stunning discoveries to be made along the coast, as Martin Goodall, Intertidal Discovery Project Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, reveals here.

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Sarah Taylor, Penhale Sands Reserve Warden for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, reveals this north coast wildlife haven

Two summers ago David Chapman immersed myself in the life of a species of bird with which he had previously only brief and fleeting experiences.

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