Fastest way to reach the Isles of Scilly

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For many twitchers the loss of the helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance will be a sad loss. But what other travel options are there to get to the islands for the rarity birdwatchers? Well, for speed, … Read More

Australian Birds: the Brolga

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I received this image of Brolgas from friends living in Katherine, in the Northern Territory of Australia. That’s into Crocodile Dundee territory, where the seasonal flooding can bring salt water crocodiles up the high street! They visited us this year … Read More

Waxwing influx reaches the far south west of the British Isles

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Slightly over-stated, perhaps, but the arrival of two of these stunning birds in the far south west of Cornwall is certainly newsworthy. They turned up in Mylor churchyard and for several days now have been gorging themselves on Yew tree … Read More

The Vapourer Moth

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October is often a great time for rare birds in Cornwall but they’re not the only creatures of interest flying. During recent birding trips in the Cornish coastal valley migrant hot spots several male Vapourer moths were seen flying in … Read More

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)

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This tiny flycatcher of between 11 and 12cms in length has been present in the Kenidjack valley, on the Cornish Atlantic coast near Land’s End, for several days now. When we were there it was feeding on insects in a … Read More

Yellow-browed Warbler in Cornwall

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Yet another large influx of these little warblers seems to be happening again this winter here in the far south west of Cornwall. This one was seen in Falmouth, in the trees around Pendennis Castle, while another was simultaneously being … Read More

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

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This first winter bird has been present on the path leading down to Housel Bay on the Lizard in Cornwall for the last couple of weeks. In typical Red-backed Shrike behaviour it has been perching on the top of hedges … Read More

Convolvulus Hawk-moth caterpillar identification

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Amongst last week’s batch of caterpillar queries was a real surprise. Peter Harvey of Bognor Regis sent this photo taken in his garden of a large caterpillar. At this time of year large caterpillar queries received are usually identified as … Read More

Shaggy Ink Cap – the hidden dangers of lawn toadstools

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There’s a lot to be said about photographing toadstools. Firstly, they don’t have a nasty habit of flying off and, secondly, they can provide an image on a day that the birds and insects fail to show. However, photographing toadstools, … Read More

Black Rustic moths

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For many British moth enthusiasts the appearance of Black Rustics at light traps in the autumn is a depressing sign that the summer has gone and winter is on its way. The huge moth catches at the height of summer … Read More

Portland Ribbon Wave

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The 2012 records of this scarce migrant moth to the British Isles seem to confirm that it is resident in Cornwall. The highlight of our first full years recording moths at a site in Falmouth may have been Cornwall’s first … Read More

Seals at St Ives in Cornwall

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This Grey Seal provided a distraction while sea watching from The Island at St Ives, Cornwall. This rocky promontory is a well known coastal landmark from where some excellent seabirds and dolphins can often be seen. However, on our visit … Read More

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