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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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