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Creek Wildlife Watch

Join the Creek Wildlife Watch (CreWW) initiative and help record the wildlife in and around our creek

Many of us regularly spend time watching the wildlife within the creek, whether we are on foot with our binoculars, or out on the water. Creek Wildlife Watch (CreWW) is a new long term initiative, which was launched jointly in February 2012 by the Restronguet Creek Society and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, to encourage formal recording of the wildlife in and around the Restronguet Creek.

More than 70 people attended the launch workshop organised in Devoran Village Hall in February 2012. Cornwall Wildlife Trust showed those attending how to record wildlife sightings in a scientifically based format, using formal recording forms, so that the information can be accepted as a permanent record by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS). And afterwards everyone braved the weather to do a bit of wader and wildlife spotting on Devoran Quay. It was a most interesting and encouraging day and, since then, members and supporters have been sending in their wildlife records to the ERCCIS team at Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Then late one June evening we enjoyed a Bat Watch walk in Devoran kindly hosted by Daniel Eva, a member of the Cornwall Bat Group, who came along armed with half a dozen bat detectors for us to use.

How you can help.

The Society hopes that as many people as possible will be interested in getting involved in this project so that it can also organise some field walks for those who may wish to share the experience of recording the local flora and fauna. Whatever your interest in wildlife, you will be welcome to come along and join the CreWW.

If you are generally interested in wildlife, you will find that Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs a wide range of workshops throughout the year covering everything from basic botanical recording of trees to identifying such things as bats, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and a wide range of marine organisms. See www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

Of course, although simply recording what is present around the creek is of interest and importance, it is also useful to know what can be done to make a difference. So part of the project will consist of providing helpful advice on such subjects as how to help bats, attract specific species of birds to nest in your garden, how to garden in an environmentally friendly way, how to build ponds for wildlife, encourage amphibians, and so on, thus helping to increase the biodiversity around the Creek for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.

Restronguet Creek Society workshops, walks and talks.

We are in the process of arranging a series of workshops, walks and talks for 2016 which will be promoted here on our website and around the Parish. Click here for information on forthcoming events.

How to record your wildlife and plant sightings on the Restronguet Creek

The ERCCIS team at Cornwall Wildlife Trust would like you to tell them what you have seen so please send in your wildlife records. ERCCIS encourages and supports wildlife recording. All species records are important, no matter how common or widespread.

It is possible to record wildlife without specialist knowledge, just provide details of who, what, when and where to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust preferably via their website click here for the link to the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where you will find the recording forms and information or telephone the ERCCIS team on 01872 272939.

And, if you have time, our Society would like also like to have details of the wildlife and plant life you have spotted in and around the Creek so please send basic details to our CreWW team.

We look forward to seeing you at our workshops, walks and talks and, in the meantime, to receiving details of your wildlife records.

If you would like more information from the RCS team please call Jan Pentreath on 01872 862838 or Dee Reeves on 01872 863899.