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Bees entering their hive

2015 Vita Bee Health Initiative Award Winners

It was exciting news to hear that the Devon Apicultural Research Group (DARG) was recently awarded the Pinnacle Winner of the first Vita Honeybee Health Initiative Award for research in the Done Laying Queen Survey in 2012. Westland Countryside Stewards played a significant part in supporting the project with a donation of £1000 which investigated…
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Kilkhampton Common – Autumn 2015

Throughout the summer, the Common has been awash with butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. A total of 1186 butterflies were recorded this year, a 700 decrease from last year, even with the new transects, although this seems to be the case across the UK this year.

A water vole in a pop up canvas bucket

Water vole trapping and relocation on Bude canal

If you are a frequent walker along the Bude canal you may have noticed a number of traps around the lock gate closest to the Weir. Westland Countryside Stewards are aiding Cornwall Council by relocating water voles in that area so necessary improvement works on the canal can take place.

Event: Water vole field sign survey running from 29th – 30th October

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 on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October 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.

Kilkhampton Common – Summer 2015

In the last few months, the common has awoken and flourished. Butterflies have started to emerge, small pearl bordered fritillaries (Boloria selene) have once again returned and the first recordings of small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) this year which brings the total to 22 species of butterflies on the Common so far. The fields at the common are now a new transect for 2015 and will hopefully add more of an insight into the butterfly species on the Common as the fields provide a different habitat.

Photo of a small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly

Kilkhampton Parish News 2014 Review

Looking back over the last few months, work on Kilkhampton Common may not be completely visible, but behind the scenes a lot has taken place from surveys to new signage. The excellent weather conditions this year have been beneficial for all flora and fauna.

Water voles return to every county in England

Today the Environment Agency sent out this press release. Following on from the final water vole release we made in the Bude river catchment it has been confirmed that water voles has now returned to every country in England.

Kilkhampton Parish News – Summer 2014

Work on the Commons since the Spring has been limited to general maintenance and the surfacing of the path at the top of the Commons alongside the pond and picnic bench.

Kilkhampton Parish News – Spring 2014

Given the dreadful wet weather earlier in the year, we brought all the breeding ewes indoors towards the end of February and of course then the sun came out! Still, they are all happy enough feeding on Dennis’s prize winning hay

Kilkhampton Parish News – Winter 2013/2014

Dennis and Shaun have been hard at work on the Commons restoring the old wall supporting the tree bank along the track just after the stream crossing at the bottom of the hill. We think that this wall, along with the one along the western boundary, may date back to the 17th century so both certainly do deserve to be preserved and restored.