Helford in winter-walking from Mawnan Chruch
Do I like the Helford in winter best? The soft cool air, the slippy, tacky mud on the footpaths, there is certainly a colour scheme going, russet reds and browns and the bright greens of growth that further up the country would have died away. The dry autumn of 2014 gave way to a mild winter that kept the grassland fungi fruiting well into December, steep slopes and grassy banks leading to Rosemullion Head were still spangled with Field Mushrooms and Earth balls in November and the Waxcaps scattered around the head until well after Christmas.
ERCCIS Biological Recording Workshops and Field Trips 2015
Listed below are the workshops organised by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) for 2015.
These courses are open to all interested in recording wildlife and are intended to help recorders improve their existing recording skills, learn new ones and share their expertise.
There is a small charge to help contribute to the running of the workshops. However we trust that you find this represents good value for money and the workshops are worthwhile in assisting your recording efforts.
To book on any of these workshops, please complete the attached booking form and return to the Records Centre. If you require transport to/from workshops or would like to car share please let us know and we will try and help. You will be sent further details about the workshop/fi eld trip nearer the event on a poster confirming the venue,
meeting times and detailing what to bring.
If you would like further information on the workshops, on getting involved in biological recording or on the work of your Environmental Records Centre, please contact Laura Fox at the Records Centre Wildlife Information Service on (01872) 240777 xtn 240.
We always welcome suggestions for future workshops or field trips; remember these training events are for you!
Frogs eager to breed in Cornwall
The common frog Rana temporaria is a familiar sight across the UK. In any shallow standing water you are likely to come across tell-tale clumps of spawn, and tadpoles and froglets vying for survival, not above eating their siblings if needs must!
But just when can you expect to find frogspawn and tadpoles in your local pond? The simple answer might be spring for spawn, and summer for tadpoles, but delve deeper and this doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny.
Here on the Lizard, in the far south-west of the UK, our mild climate gives lots of species a head start, but our frogs have taken this further than most! This year I first saw frog spawn on 21st November, which is early, but not unheard of in a Cornish context.