Green Woodpeckers, house martins and sparrows, its been a noisy summer!

The Green Woodpeckers keep appearing on the grass by Cockle Cottage, staying a while and then heading off to do some tree knocking!. The House Martins are nesting next door at Commerrans Farm – my what noisy birds they are swooping and screeching all day in search of flies. The sparrows usually nest in our hedge by the front door …

Dolphins and Basking Sharks in Falmouth Bay

Last week the first basking sharks were sighted in Falmouth Bay and yesterday the dolphins were following the St Mawes Ferry across to Falmouth. It’s worth a trip on the ferry just to see these beautiful friendly creatures. The whole of the Roseland  seems to be overrun with large numbers of whimbrels – a medium sized wading bird that we …

Swallows at last …..

Hooray at last we have seen the swallows return, four on our walk around Messack on Wednesday and two in the fields at Percuil yesterday evening.  Last year it was April 17th when we saw them so they are only about a week late. Now it really feels like spring with the late daffodils still blooming, primroses and bluebells everywhere. …

Glorious Weekend

Hooray!! Two sunny days in a row,  OK so it’s not much more than 6C but it’s so nice to see the sun. The dawn chorus was the loudest it’s been for weeks and down the lane towards Turnaware we had a yellowhammer and a cirl bunting both trying to out sing each other just a few yards apart. Had …

Baby Grey Seals spotted at last

We were beginning to get worried that there were no seal pups this year but finally we have spotted two pups along with the dozen or so adults that winter near Killigerran Head. They are already looking grey rather than fluffy white so must have been born before Christmas. You need to visit soon if you want to catch them …

Grey Seals are back on the Roseland

After seeing a couple of youngish grey seals a few times now down the lane at Turnaware we headed off at the weekend to the coastal footpath to see if the usual seal colony had arrived. They usually pup  at a small shingle beach  between Killigerran Head and Towan Beach. Alas only one heavily pregnant female was spotted but we …

Dolphins in Gerrans Bay

What a wonderful sight as I walked along the coastal path to Porthbean beach – a pair of bottlenose dolphins – they seemed to be catching flat fish on the bottom and then bringing them up to toss them in the air before eating them – it certainly looked very playful! I watched for an hour (the dogs were most …

Pod of Risso Dolphins Sighted off Lamorna Cove

A pod of more than 40 Risso’s dolphins were spotted just off Lamorna Cove, these dolphins are normally only seen in ones and two’s off Cornwall and then often only by fishermen well away from the coast. The Risso’s dolphin is distinguished by its bulbous head and bulky anterior body, it’s thought that the rare number of dolphins was drawn …

Summer is coming. First swallows sighted

On the day that it was announced that even Cornwall officially has a water shortage, we spotted the first swallows of the summer. Flying over the fields around Messack in the  late afternoon. Four of them swooped and swerved to catch small insects at dusk. What a beautiful sight. Swallows are small birds with dark, glossy-blue backs, red throats, pale …

Generous donations help Cornwall Wildlife Trust

A massive thank you to all of you who made a donation to the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust when you booked your holiday on-line with us. In 2011/12 you helped us raise £176 for the work of the Trust.  The donation will go Marine Conservation. So when you see our pristine beaches and the wonderful variety of marine …