Summer 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.

Continue reading “Summer on Kilkhampton Common”

Kilkhampton Common walks in June

People who joined Westland Countryside Stewards for the charity walk around Kilkhampton Common

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.

Children and adults taking part in pond dipping on the walks of Kilkhampton Common Cornwall with 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.

Charity to attend Kilkhampton Village Fete and offer Guided Walk of Kilkhampton Common

Photo of Kilkhampton Common where a guided walk will take place run by Westland Countryside Stewards

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.

Continue reading “Charity to attend Kilkhampton Village Fete and offer Guided Walk of Kilkhampton Common”

Spring Water Vole Survey – volunteer and learn more about the life and habitat of ‘Ratty’

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.

Continue reading “Spring Water Vole Survey – volunteer and learn more about the life and habitat of ‘Ratty’”

Event: Autumn Water Vole Survey at Bude

Photograph of a water vole

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.

Continue reading “Event: Autumn Water Vole Survey at Bude”

Notice of evening presentations by Dr Xavier Lambin regarding his work on the Scottish Mink Initiative

Notice of evening presentations on the 11th and 12th of May 2016 by Dr Xavier Lambin of Aberdeen University regarding his work on the Scottish Mink Initiative (SMI) – the largest eradication project for North American Mink in Europe. 

Continue reading “Notice of evening presentations by Dr Xavier Lambin regarding his work on the Scottish Mink Initiative”

Event: Spring Water Vole Survey

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 Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April from 9am till 4pm. 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.

Continue reading “Event: Spring Water Vole Survey”

Lambing on Kilkhampton Common

We would like to inform the local community that Westland Barton are currently lambing their Castlemilk Moorit ewes on the Kilkhampton Common. The first few lambs have been born and are doing well. As with all breeds having a lamb to protect can be a stressful time, but more so with the Castlemilk as they are a more primitive breed and easily disturbed. We would appreciate it if dogs and noise can be controlled or kept to a minimum during this time.

Castlemilk ram lamb
Castlemilk ram lamb