West Petherwin Woods walk 21st July 9:30am to approx. 3pm.

Jul 16, 2015 by

West Petherwin Woods walk 21st July 9:30am to approx. 3pm.

Although the detailed programme needs to be decided, thanks to the kind permission from the farmers, Mr & Mrs Parsons, we are welcome to visit the woods as a wildlife group.

Ian Bennallick from the Botanical Cornwall Group is interested because some of the plant records need up-dating and the evening before, Mary will run a moth lamp in the adjacent garden belonging to Mr & Mrs Montgomery and those who are interested can arrive earlier in time to see the moth catch.

The woods are very lovely and contain a few less common plants for our part of the world.

The stream that runs along the valley, joins the Lowly Brook which runs down to the Tamar.

After walking up, round and through the woods, there are footpaths across the fields up to the road so I think we can plan a figure of eight route, all new to us.

PLEASE SHARE CARS! Limited parking by the entrance to the wood and along the side of the old road plus a couple more at Petherwin Water.

Outline programme:

the moths ID session will start at around 8:15 am subject to weather. Please contact Mary if you are interested for more details.

Meet just inside the entrance to the wood for coffee etc at 9:30am where Ian will meet us.

I think we will walk up through the wood and down to the footbridge and then up through the fields along one footpath; along a short bit of road and back down the other path to the foot bridge and then back along the stream to the gate. But Ian may well extend the route by walking up towards & past the farm along another footpath, more of a sunken lane ~ it is quite possible to walk up to the churchyard, along a short piece of main road in the village and then back down the old road to the gate. There may be an opportunity to explore the old quarry area but access may be restricted.

At some point, we’ll stop for lunch but will see what Ian thinks.

Although dog walkers do use the footpaths, it might be best not to bring dogs, especially if the weather is warm.
Equipment & Booking:
Please share cars. Good walking boots needed, wellies if you want to go in the stream. Packed lunch/snack unless you want to leave at the end of the morning. Camera, binoculars, magnifiers, notebook, favourite field guides will be useful.
Jen Bousfield 01566 782661 or email jenbousfield@gmail.com
Event Leader:
Ian Bennalick & Jen Bousfield (Mary Atkinson for the moth count)
Near the entrance to the wood, Map ref: SX312 825

Details alos here – http://www.launcestonparishwildlife.org.uk/?q=node/5449

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