Reconnect with the family and local nature this half term with a range of free activities taking place on Kilkhampton Common.
Children can explore the wildlife on their doorstep. All equipment will be provided. Bring a picnic!
Meeting at Westland Countryside Stewards office car park, West Street, Kilkhampton, EX23 9QW. Parking available.
Westland Countryside Stewards invite you and your kids to enjoy some events and activities on the common over the summer holidays.
All events will run from 10 am – 1 pm and begin at our office on West Street (EX23 9QW) with plenty of parking available.
A minimum donation of £3 per child, or £5 for two children.
Bring a picnic! Continue reading “Kids activities on Kilkhampton Common”
Wildlife on the Common
I am sure many of you have been enjoying some summer sun over the last few weeks. Butterflies can be seen fluttering around, however, this has been a poor year for butterflies. With the continuous change in weather, from sun to rain, the butterflies have struggled. Cold winter killed off pupae and I am sure many people have noticed the delay in many species emerging. Very few surveys have taken place this year due to the weather, those which have been done show a significant decline in overall butterflies being seen. Moths have also been in decline this year. Burnet moths used to be sighted regularly on the Common. This year not a single one has been recorded.
A big thank you to everyone who attended our two guided walks of Kilkhampton Common on June 11th and 16th.
The guided walk allowed both new visitors and familiar faces a chance to discover the wildlife on the common, and learn more about Westland Countryside Stewards.
Reconnecting with local nature
Our charity aim is to reconnect people with local nature. We hope this has encouraged those who attended to visit the Common again, or just get out and enjoy nature on your doorstep.
A circular walk of the Common was completed, finishing at the lower pond. Here, children (and adults) were able to get involved in pond dipping.
If you were unable to attend, remember, the common is open all hours, every day for you to enjoy.
Westland Countryside Stewards will have a table at the Kilkhampton Fete on 1st July. Please, stop by and say hello.
Spring has certainly sprung and as summer approaches the common is alive with wildlife and the trees are once again in leaf. It’s an enjoyable place to visit at any time of year but when everything is flourishing and the weather is fine, the common is a natural haven to escape to. If you need any more reason to visit, be sure to take a camera as ‘Kilkhampton Common’ is the theme for this year’s photo competition at the Kilk Fete, which takes place on 1st July and the charity will be attending. We will also be running two guided walks of Kilkhampton Common during June.
We are happy to announce that we will be running our Spring water vole field sign survey in the Bude catchment and invite you to volunteer. Surveying will run on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd May from 9 am to 4 pm. The canal and river banks will be walked and the vegetation will be searched for field signs such as burrows, feeding stations, latrines, and runs. Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering, or require more details.
We are happy to announce that we will be running our Autumn water vole field sign survey in the Bude catchment and invite you to volunteer. Surveying will run from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th October from 9am till 4pm. You can come and join in for any length of time.
The canal and riverbanks will be walked and the vegetation will be searched for field signs such as burrows, feeding stations, latrines and runs. Please contact us if you’re interested to volunteer or require more details.