Arundel Garden Newquay - Photo by Arundel Garden
Poppy Cottage Redruth. - Phot by Poppy Cottage
Golden Jubilee Walk - Photo by Boconnor Garden
Greenfinch being tagged. Courtesy of BTO
Cornwall Wildlife Trust - Dolphin
Meeting with native wildlife. Picture courtesy of Sheila Mcann-Downes
Chûn Downs Nature Reserve. Picture Courtesy of Liz Cox
Stranded Dolphin courtesy of Jan Loveridge
Wildlife Film course attendees. Picture courtesy of Jeff Goodman
New Years Day Bird Watch

Cornwall Wildlife Trust


The Cornwall Wildlife Trust is a registered charity and is the only organisation dedicated to the conservation of the Cornish environment and its wildlife.

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Friday 30th March 2012

Double support for wildlife from
the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company
Isles of Scilly Travel, which is part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, is the first business to become a major supporter two of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s conservation projects, covering both land wildlife and at sea.
The Penzance-based company, which operates air and sea services to and from the Isles of Scilly, has supported the Trust for many years. In 2012 the company will be working with the Trust on key projects, including the Basking Shark and Wild Penwith projects. The support is part of the company’s carbon compensation scheme.
Serena Pettigrew-Jolly, Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“We are very happy to have the tremendous support from Isles of Scilly Travel. Not only are they Business Members and host our joint 'wildlife watching trips' onboard the Scillonian, but to also help fund these important projects is amazing. Their support for our Basking Shark and Wild Penwith work will make a huge difference to wildlife and wild places in Cornwall.”
As Cornwall’s leading wildlife conservation charity, the Trust works to protect Cornwall’s wildlife both on land and in our seas. It cares for 55 nature reserves all over the county; protecting, improving and creating habitats for wildlife, which contributes greatly to Cornwall’s character. With a membership of nearly 14,000 individual members and over 90 local businesses, the Trust has great support from local businesses and people living in Cornwall who recognise the importance of looking after their county’s wealth of wildlife, for all to enjoy.
Jeff Marston, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group says,
“We take our commitment to environmental issues very seriously. We have worked with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, for many years now and believe the work they do is invaluable.”
“There are always regular wildlife sightings from onboard Scillonian III and from the air with Skybus, so as part of our carbon compensation scheme we wanted to work with the charity, to help them to continue their meaningful work.” 
Basking Shark project
The Trust’s Basking Shark project aims to monitor the health of the basking shark population visiting and feeding in Cornish waters. 
Ruth Williams, the Trust’s Marine Conservation Manager says,
“Basking sharks are in danger across the world from things like climate change, underwater noise, and entanglement in discarded fishing nets.  We need to collect scientific data for the future protection of this species, which we are so lucky to have visit our coasts each year. Huge thanks go to Isles of Scilly Travel who are supporting the project this year through their carbon compensation scheme.”
Basking sharks are fascinating and are appreciated by Cornwall’s residents and visitors alike.  They are the second biggest fish in the world, growing to ten meters in length and weighing up to seven tonnes. Although generally elusive in nature, these magnificent marine creatures are often seen cruising the waters of our Cornish coasts, specifically in the spring and summer months in search of their food source zooplankton - tiny microscopic animals floating in the water column.
Wild Penwith project
The Trust’s Wild Penwith project works with local farmers, landowners, businesses, volunteers and communities to look after West Penwith’s wonderful habitats (like heathland, moorland and wetland) for wildlife and local people. The Trust also works with farmers to keep West Penwith’s streams and watercourses healthy, including Drift Reservoir which is central to our project area and provides drinking water for Newlyn and Penzance.
Through the project the Trust provides free farm advisory visits on wildlife, soil, water and nutrient management and also run free local workshops on these topics for farmers. Another important aspect of Wild Penwith is to spread the word about West Penwith’s fantastic wildlife and wild places, which is done through community events, from walks and talks to practical conservation days with the local volunteer group clearing scrub or repairing Cornish hedges.

Liz Cox, Wild Penwith Project Manager, says,
“It’s really fantastic that Isles of Scilly Travel are supporting us as part of their carbon compensation scheme. It’s great to have the support of a local business, and it also helps us to make this vital work, promoting and protecting West Penwith’s wildlife, happen.”
There are many opportunities for local businesses to help Cornwall Wildlife Trust protect our county’s wonderful wildlife and wild places.
Serena continues,
“I encourage any business who wants to stand out from the crowd and support the important work we do to contact me. Our aim is to find a way of working together for wildlife, to suit your business, no matter what type or size.”
Visit, call 01872 273939 ext 205 or email for more information on how your business can support Cornwall’s wildlife.
To find out more about the Basking Shark project, including the full report on last year’s surveys, please visit To find out more about Wild Penwith, please visit

Thursday 22nd March 2012
Wild about gardens

  • Open Gardens scheme 2012 events

  • April, May, June, July, August

  • Various locations throughout Cornwall

  • Entry fee varies

  • Fundraising for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary

As part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, garden owners throughout Cornwall will be throwing open their doors and sharing their beautiful gardens with the public. Throughout the spring and summer, the Trust’s Open Garden scheme 2012 will raise much needed funds for the charity, which is Cornwall’s leading organisation that protects threatened wildlife and wild places.
The gardens involved vary in size from grand estates to intimate cottage gardens, and the plants from immense trees to tiny rock plants. There are gardens with ponds and streams, statues and monuments. There is something for everyone and what better way to spend an afternoon than touring around the county visiting Cornwall’s very own ‘Chelsea’ gardens.
The first to open will be Trewidden Garden in Penzance on Sunday 1st April.  Started in the 1840’s by Edward Bolitho, Trewidden Garden has a rich horticultural history. Located on the Lands End peninsular, the garden benefits from a mild, maritime climate, which has enabled a large collection of tender plants to be established.
Poldowrian at Coverack, Helston is open on Thursday 12th April in the afternoon. A four-acre wild garden meanders from the house down to the cliffs with wonderful coastal views. Ponds and a stream, specimen trees and shrubs alongside informal planting make this a garden to explore. Prehistoric remains from 5500 BC have been discovered here and there is a small Museum of Prehistory on site.
Primrose Farm at Skinners Bottom, Redruth, opens on Sunday 15th April in the afternoon, and this rambling informal cottage style garden with woodland glade, gravel garden, boggy patch and a vegetable area, is very much a plantsman’s garden. There is a wildlife pond with cascades and a patio area with exotic plants. A path leads to a pergola with scented climbers and summerhouse.
From an informal cottage style garden to perhaps one of the larger, at Pencarrow, at Bodmin, which is open all day on Sunday 29th April. This Grade 11 listed garden has marked walks following a route through 50 acres of beautiful formal and woodland areas, with a Victorian rockery, an Italian garden, a lake, an Iron Age hill fort and an icehouse. The Georgian house has a superb collection of portraits, furniture and porcelain, and will also be open to the public. 
Carwinion Garden at Mawnan Smith, Falmouth is open on Sunday 6th May. This 14-acre garden is renowned for its collection of 220 different varieties of bamboo, many rare in cultivation.  A hellebore and fern garden has been established in the old quarry, and a walled, Japanese, sensory, and secret gardens all add to the diversity of this garden.
Lamorran Garden at St. Mawes opens on Sunday 20th May. The four-acre garden overlooking St. Mawes Bay is Mediterranean in style with streams, bridges, water features including a koi-pond and temples. It claims to be the world’s most northerly palm garden with over 200 specimens of 35 species of palms. There is an extensive collection of tree ferns, and evergreen azaleas flourish.
Boconnoc at Lostwithiel is open on Sunday 27th May. Boconnoc House sits in the heart of the estate surrounded by mature woodlands, noted for camellias, azaleas, hydrangeas and magnificent trees, many from the original planting in 1850. A new magnolia collection has just been added
Old Zanzig at Wadebridge opens its garden on Sunday 3rd June. There is fantastic a wildlife garden, with woodlands, flowers, ponds and a meadow. The owner of this garden writes a regular wildlife gardening blog for the Trust, which can be found at
Poppy Cottage Garden will be open on Saturday 16th June. It is situated on the Roseland peninsular and is a large plants man’s garden. There is a small orchard with ornamental ducks and chickens.
Two gardens share the day on Sunday 17th June, with Mill House at St. Kew opening in the morning and Long Hay at Delabole in the afternoon. Mill
House is a country garden on the site of an old mill, with ponds, streams and bridges, while Long Hay is a cottage garden with vistas of the north coast and the sea.
Potager Garden in Constantine near Falmouth is open on Sunday 24th June all day. It prides itself on creating a leisurely atmosphere with hammocks and games, alongside the glasshouse café.
Hidden Valley Gardens near Fowey opens on Tuesday 17th July. As its name suggest Hidden Garden Valley at Treesmill, near Fowey, is in a secluded valley. This cottage style garden features a wildlife pond and bog planting, and its Japanese area has iris beds, collections of agapanthus, dahlia and crocosmia.
On Sunday 29th July during the afternoon, Moyclare Garden in Liskeard is open. This garden described as a one acre garden ‘with personality’ was created in 1927.
Arundell Garden at Crantock is open to the public on Sunday 19th August in the afternoon. It is a ‘best garden winner’ in the Newquay in Bloom contest and is on a headland between two beaches. Set around an original farm cottage it features a pool and a stream.
Moving from the North Coast to the South Coast, and to Bucks Head House, at Constantine, near Falmouth, which is open on Sunday 26th August. The plants in this cottage garden and young woodland are chosen to withstand the salt laden air, as this garden stands 600 feet above sea level overlooking the Lizard Peninsular.
Serena Pettigrew-Jolly, Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. Huge thanks goes to all the gardens opening, be they large or small, as they will raise vital funds for Cornwall Wildlife Trust during our exciting 50th Anniversary year. All of the gardens are loved by their owners, who want to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. We encourage you to come and pay a visit to one or more of these fabulous gardens, have a great day out and do something wonderful for Cornwall’s wildlife. We look to forward to seeing you there!”
 For more details, including opening times and directions, please visit or call 01872 273939. To find out more about the Trust’s 50th Anniversary programme, please visit


23rd February 2012
Wildlife experts call for alternative development
option for Falmouth Docks to be considered  

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the local charity that protects wildlife on land and at sea, has announced that it supports an alternative option to develop Falmouth Docks which would save part of a nationally rare marine habitat. This alternative option is outlined in the Docks’ own Masterplan1 and initial estimates shows it could provide the economic boost the Docks need, without dredging. The Trust supports this option from the information seen at this stage.
The current development proposal for the Docks includes dredging of the Falmouth Harbour which would create a deep water channel in the approach to the docks, potentially allowing super cruise-liners to dock at Falmouth. However permission for the dredge was not granted2 because it would cause unavoidable damage to the nationally rare maerl beds that exist in the harbour area.
Tom Hardy, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust said;
“The maerl beds in the Fal and the Helford are the only known maerl beds in Cornwall.
This area is in fact one of the few places where maerl beds exist in UK waters, making them very special. The alternative option, known as ‘Option B’ in the Masterplan, would avoid the environmental damage to the maerl beds but still enable the facilities at the Docks to be developed.”
The development would include building a new marina, wharves replaced and refurbished, improvements for superyachts, building of a multi-storey car park, the Castle Drive site developed for residential uses and other areas of the site developed for Port-related uses3.
Maerl is a rare species. It is a coral-like seaweed and is made of a hard shell-like substance. Like coral it is fragile and very slow growing.  It creates a very rare habitat known as ‘maerl beds’ that can be up to 8000 years old, these provide a vital nursery ground for commercial fish stocks.
Over hundreds of years, layers of maerl are put down forming these deep beds which are topped by a thin layer of living maerl (which is why it can mistakenly appear to be entirely dead). Living maerl is present on the maerl beds in the Falmouth Harbour area. These beds form a latticework of nooks and crannies providing a nursery ground for commercially important young fish and shell fish such as cod, haddock, lobsters and crabs. These nursery grounds help to ensure a long-term future for our fishing industry, which contributes greatly to Falmouth’s and Cornwall’s economy. The proposed dredge would require some of the maerl beds to be removed which ultimately will destroy them and so destroy the vital nursery ground they provide for young fish as well as other wildlife that thrive in the beds.
The preliminary economic estimates for the alternative option of developing the docks without dredging, which features in the Docks’ Masterplan, shows it would bring economic growth for Falmouth. It would create over 2000 new jobs and bring in over £100 million of income, according to the Masterplan4. However this option has not yet been put forward for further investigation and detailed economic assessment, despite the current proposals which include dredging being rejected over a year ago.
There were five development options listed in the Docks’ Masterplan, which all had initial economic assessments, but only two of them received a detailed independent economic assessment from Cornwall Council. These were the ‘No development’ option, which in the Trust’s opinion is clearly not the way forward, and the proposed ‘Develop the Docks and undertake a dredge’ option. Cornwall Wildlife Trust are urging decision makers to also fully economically assess the option to ‘Develop the Docks without a dredge’. This would allow the two options of development with or without dredging to be fairly compared. At present the increased economic value of the dredge alone has not been assessed. Furthermore, there has been no guarantee from the super cruise-liner companies that they will definitely dock in Falmouth even if the channel was deep enough - at present it is estimated that there are few cruise liners in the world that can not currently access the harbour due to their size. The Dock’s Masterplan states that the market for cruise vessels which can currently access the harbour will continue to steadily grow.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust understands that Falmouth Docks must be developed to ensure a bright economic future for the town, and is supportive of development done in the right way, in the right place. Therefore the Trust believes the alternative option which does not require a dredge must be fully economically assessed and plans made to get the development started, so the Docks and local people can reap the benefits as soon as possible.
Tom Hardy said;
“The current Docks development proposals do state that the maerl beds will be relocated to another place in the Fal. Although this kind of mitigation can work for other habitats, unfortunately maerl beds are extremely unlikely to remain intact if they are moved because they are so fragile. This means the nooks and crannies where the young fish live will no longer exist, and the top layer of living maerl is very unlikely to stay on the top after it has been dug up, meaning the maerl will die altogether. Scientific research is currently in place to see if this mitigation will work and the Trust supports this. However the Trust is very doubtful that it will be successful due to the way in which maerl beds are formed.”
In an unusual turn of events, the current Docks development proposals may also have serious consequences for threatened wildlife around the UK and possibly Europe. This is because the refusal to grant permission for the dredge, on environmental grounds, has been used as a reason to review a critical piece of EU legislation which protects our most rare and threatened wildlife. It is this legislation, which has been in place in the UK since 1994, which protects the maerl beds, and therefore the reason the dredge was not granted permission.
The legislation, known as the ‘Habitats Directive’5 was developed by EU members, including the UK, to protect some of our most vital places for wildlife across Europe. This includes the Fal (including the Falmouth Harbour area), which was recognised as being of extreme importance for wildlife and as such was designated as a Special Area of Conservation in 2005, primarily because of its rare maerl beds. Special Areas of Conservation are so vital for wildlife that they are protected by law – the highest level of protection any wildlife site can receive.
If pressure to allow the dredge results in the laws that protect our environment being weakened, this could result in permission for the dredge to be granted. This would not only destroy part of this incredibly important marine habitat, it would also leave other vital habitats open to development such as our nationally significant heathlands on The Lizard, the stunning north coast at St Agnes and the wet woodlands at Goss Moor. All are Special Areas of Conservation and are protected, for now. If a U-turn is made, this could set a precedent for development of other environmentally sensitive areas.
Tom Hardy said,
“Cornwall Wildlife Trust always seeks to find ways in which development can without negative consequences for wildlife. The Trust works with developers to ensure that developments are not only good for our economy, but also good for our environment. We are asking that the Government’s review of the Habitat Directive does not in any way reduce the protection of the UK’s most important habitats and species, including the maerl beds in the Fal.”

Tony Whitehead, RSPB spokesperson for the south west said:
‘What concerns the RSPB is not so much the holding of a review in itself. Of course there's always room for cutting through red tape and needless bureaucracy. More, our concern is that the reason for the review is because part of the Government is viewing our best wildlife sites as a blockage to economic growth. 
We recognise that people are finding it difficult to understand why it is necessary to protect the maerl beds, this 'seaweed'. But it's not just seaweed. Like it's not just ‘estuary’ or not just ‘heathland’ or ‘woodland’. These sites, these Special Areas of Conservation, are the very best wildlife sites we have in Europe.
The Government has a big challenge in steering us out of economic difficulties. But there is widespread acceptance that this must not be achieved at the expense of the environment by weakening vital legislation, not least because the environment is crucial to the UK's economy, and nowhere more so than in the West Country. As Defra Minister of State Caroline Spelman said last week “If we fail to protect our natural resources we'll make long term economic growth impossible6.” ’
If you share Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s view you can help by emailing or posting a letter to your MP urging the Government not to weaken our environmental laws. A template letter can be downloaded from the Trust’s website:
Tom Hardy, Marine Conservation Officer, (01872) 273939 ext 208 or 07973 400183

21st December 2011

New Year’s Day bird watch
Event details:
New Year’s Day bird watch
Sunday January 1st 2012, 10am to 1pm
Old town Cove Car Park
Cost of event is free
Cornwall Wildlife Trust celebrates their 50th Anniversary in 2012 and to kick start the birthday events, two local groups have come together to organise a wildlife walk and bird watch along the Camel Trail on New Year’s Day.
Leading the walk will be well known ornithologists and birders, Dave Thomas and Adrian Langdon, from the Restormel and Camel groups respectively of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Dave says,
“The River Camel is one of the best birding areas in Cornwall. Song birds, owls, herons, little egrets, woodpeckers, swan and duck breed here in the summer, but in the winter we see hundreds and thousands of waders, swans, ducks and divers”.
“The Camel is ideal for birding” he explains, “as the trail follows the river for miles from Padstow to Wadebridge and then on to Bodmin through the sheltered wooded disused railway track”.
The birders are meeting at Old town Cove car park, near Padstow at 10am on January 1st. Turn off A389 at Trevance and drive slowly down the narrow track. Disabled access is available and the walking is on the flat. It is suggested that you wear warm clothing, and bring telescopes and binoculars, and although everyone is welcomed, including beginners, dogs are not allowed.  The walk concludes at 1pm.
Dave Thomas and Adrian Langdon have known each other since the early 70s through their interest in birds and wildlife. They attended ecology classes and workshops together and are both active wildlife photographers and members of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group. Through this they have travelled to Scotland and Europe on wildlife photography trips and Dave, a Trustee of the Trust, has also travelled from Russia down to the Falklands photographing wildlife.
Dave’s interest in birding began as a youngster in Liverpool on the River Mersey. He is an active member of the Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society and through the years has built several of their bird hides.
Dave compared the River Camel area to Newquay, which the Camel group has yet to visit.  “Around the River Gannel and out on the headlands are very good bird watching areas” says Dave. “Strong south westerly gales in the autumn bring migrating seabirds, shearwaters, storm petrels, gulls, divers, gannets and skuas close in to land”, a very different location to the New Year’s Day bird watch on the Camel.

Wednesday 14th September 2011

UK’s first ever Race for Wildlife in Penzance

Cornwall Wildlife Trust have teamed up with local running club Mounts Bay Harriers and organised the UK’s first ever Race for Wildlife on Sunday 16th October 2011in Penzance at Mounts Bay School. With both a 10K race and a one mile fun run, the event is suitable for keen runners or those who prefer a gentle jog!
The 10K race starts at 10:30am and is a stunning multi-terrain run through the countryside north of Penzance including breath-taking views of Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount. The run includes part of the Wild Penwith project area, the Trust’s Living Landscapes project, guaranteeing amazing countryside scenery. The first half of the run is uphill, the last half is downhill with the end going uphill to the finish. Pre-entry is £12, or £10 for UK Athletics members and entries will also be taken on the day at £14 and £12 respectively. All pre-entry competitors will receive a quality race memento to reward their achievement and there will also be age group prizes.
If you’re not keen on running 10km, the easy going one mile fun run takes place at 9:45am. The route is around the wonderful country tracks and paths of Trengwainton Gardens by kind permission of the National Trust and local residents. The fun run is a great chance to show your support and have some fun – there’s a prize for the best fancy dress, all ages are welcome. Pre-entry is £3, on the day entry is £5 and there’s a certificate and badge for all who finish.
Jasmin Appleby from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which protects Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places, said;
“We encourage anyone who cares for Cornwall's wildlife to take part in our Race for Wildlife. Whether you'll be running the 10K, enjoying a gentle jog in the fun run, or helping us marshal the event, we want to see you there!”
She continues,
“We want the Race for Wildlife to raise as much money as possible for Cornwall’s wildlife. There is still a huge challenge ahead to ensure Cornwall’s natural environment and the fantastic wildlife we have is protected. From our bottlenose dolphins to the rare dormouse, to the wonderful heathlands found in Penwith, we work to ensure wildlife has a future. Runners raising sponsorship will make a real difference to their local wildlife. We will have a very special prize for the person who raises the most sponsorship – so get asking your friends and family and see how much you can raise!”
Local club, Mounts Bay Harriers have been integral in the organisation of the event, assisting the Trust wherever they can.
Yvonne Turner, Events Organiser for Mounts Bay Harriers said:
"It's great to be helping Cornwall Wildlife Trust organise their first Race for Wildlife. The Harriers are really excited about having a new race in our area, and knowing that taking part will also help protect out local wildlife is a real bonus. The route is good, with lovely views across Mounts Bay. I'd encourage all runners from all clubs to come down and join us, and be part of the UK's first ever Race for Wildlife."
The Trust are encouraging teams to enter as well. So if you’re from a running club, or have a group of friends or colleagues who fancy a challenge, get together and enter as a team! Teams can be up to four people, and same sex or mixed. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.
As well as runners, the Trust, who have over 14,000 members and 85 Business Supporters, are also calling for volunteers to help marshal the event. The fun run and 10K both need marshals to safely guide runners along the route, so if running is not for you, you can still help make this event a great success. If you are able to give up just one morning, on Sunday 16th October, please contact Carolyn O’Hagan on or call (01872) 273939. No previous marshalling experience is necessary as all training will be given on the day.
To enter the Race for Wildlife please visit or call the Trust’s office on (01872) 273939 for an entry form.  The Race for Wildlife is licensed under UK Athletics, licence number: 2011-102407.

Press Release

Friday 9th September 2011

Wild day out with Cornwall Wildlife Trust at Heligan

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is holding its annual summer event at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell, on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th September, from 10.30am until 4pm.  This year’s ‘Wildlife Celebration’ will be their biggest and best yet! 
The two-day event offers a whole host of fun activities and the chance to learn all about wildlife from the experts. Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers in wildlife workshops and demonstrations, and find out how they protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.
Jasmin Appleby, Deputy Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“Our Wildlife Celebration is our wonderful annual get together, with really fun things to see and do and a chance to learn more about Cornwall’s wildlife.  It’s really important to let Cornwall’s residents and visitors know about the conservation work we do, on land and in our seas, as well as raising money to support us in continuing our work.”
She continues,
“Our Wildlife Celebration is not only a chance for us to showcase the range of work we do for Cornwall’s wildlife, but it is also a great opportunity to encourage others to keep Cornwall wild. We are very happy to be working in partnership with our Business Supporter The Lost Gardens of Heligan due to their commitment to wildlife, and we feel there is not a more beautiful setting for a late-summer’s day out!“
The Nature Reserves Team will be running bird nest box building sessions for visitors, so join in and make a home for your garden visitors for a donation of just £3.

The Trust’s Marine Team will be on hand to talk about their exciting marine conservation work known as ‘Living Seas’. You’ll also be able to learn which plants should and shouldn’t be in your garden pond through the help of the Trust’s Pond Check expert, so come along and see if you’re harbouring invasive aliens in your pond!
You can meet some real live British wildlife thanks to the Trust’s Business Supporter Gwel-an-Mor. Visitors will also be treated to bird-ringing demonstrations with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), where they can see Heligan’s birds close-up and learn why tracking birds can tell us so much about them.
James Stephens, Marketing for The Lost Gardens of Heligan said;
“We are very proud to host this fantastic celebration of wildlife and to support the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as well as compliment the work we do with our unique wildlife project at The Lost Gardens.”
Bat-Aid will be joining the Trust, giving visitors the chance to meet a host of Cornwall’s bats - Norman the Noctule bat, Maisy the Brown Long Eared bat and a Pipistrelle Bat!
There will be special walks provided throughout the day, but spaces are limited so please arrive early to get your place. On Sunday 18th, Dave Thomas of the Trust’s local Restormel Group will be hosting a wildlife walk through the gardens, and there will also be a chance to check Heligan’s bat boxes with bat expert Dave Hunter. On Monday 19th, renowned wildlife photographer David Chapman will be providing a wildlife photography walk around the grounds, sharing his expertise.
For more information about the event please visit or call (01872) 273939. 


Cornwall Wildlife Trust is a registered charity founded in 1962. They are concerned solely with Cornwall and is involved in the many aspecs of conserving the county's wildlife and wild places. Cornwall Wildlife Trust owns or manages 55 nature reserves, in which examples of each of Cornwall's habitats give refuge to nationally rare and endangered species. Our detailed knowledge of Cornwall's habitats, based on years of survey work, places us in a unique position to defend the wildlife outside nature reserves; we work closely with other conservation organisations, local authorities and land owners to encourage best practice in land management for the county’s environment.

Our expert staff advise on conservation issues and seek to raise awareness amongst the adult public of today and by delivering activities and education for our junior Fox Club members, schools and youth groups, the decision-makers of tomorrow. The Trust also has Local and Specialist Groups, mostly made up of keen volunteers, working on a variety of conservation projects.

An important resource to ourselves and the county as a whole is the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS), based at our headquarters. Here, an extensive ecological database is amassed and managed, which makes available a huge amount of wildlife and earth science information relating to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Since 1992 we have also had our own consultancy arm, Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) , which raises funds for Cornwall Wildlife Trust by taking on paid consultancy work.

As part of its ethical approach, Cornwall Wildlife Trust aims to carry out its work in a sustainable manner and to maximise its contribution to a healthy living environment. We have undertaken an audit of our carbon footprint and continually strive to improve our performance.

As a charity we receive no direct government aid and depend on the support of people who care about wildlife and our Cornish countryside, with a membership of just over 14,000 which includes 2,700 junior members.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is also a member of The Wildlife Trusts, a national alliance who work to achieve the greatest benefit to wildlife on a local, regional and UK-wide scale.


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