Cornwall moths: Broad-barred White
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This Broad-barred White moth was attracted to light at our flat in Falmouth. A fairly common species here in Cornwall and last year we found its caterpillar feeding on Beaked Hawk’s-beard (Crepis vesicaria) on the slopes above the cliffs at … Read More

Stinking Iris on sea cliffs in Cornwall
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The Stinking Iris (above left) is very common on the sea cliffs around Cornwall at the moment. Its colouring is a bit dingy so its easily overlooked but its form is just as beautiful as the more widespread Yellow Iris … Read More

Seabirds around Cornwall: Gannet
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Gannets, also known as Northern Gannets, have been feeding close in to the south west Cornish coast in recent weeks and these two were photographed yesterday in Falmouth Bay. The leading bird is an adult and the bird behind is … Read More

Common Blue butterfly in Queen Mary Gardens, Falmouth
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This just goes to show you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy some of the best wildlife moments. This Common Blue butterfly was nectaring on Catmint in Queen Mary Gardens by Gyllyngvase Beach right in the heart of … Read More

British rare bird alert: Yellow-crowned Blackbird
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Okay, its just a common Blackbird (Turdus merula) but when you first catch a glimpse of a bird like this in flight, at a time of high migration activity and in the far south west of Cornwall, your heart does … Read More

What’s that hovering bird of prey?
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This female Kestrel was seen hovering over the cliffs along side the South West Coast Path near Falmouth and showed some recently replaced paler tail feathers. Insight into Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus): one of the most common birds of prey to … Read More

Cow Parsley: commonest early flowering member of the carrot family
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These tall plants with white flowers arranged in umbels are a familiar sight. Insight into Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris): the commonest early flowering member of the carrot family (Apiaceae formerly Umbelliferae), native and found throughout Britain. The flowers are white … Read More

Pine Beauty moth recorded in Flushing, Falmouth in Cornwall
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John Cooke attracted this Pine Beauty moth to light in his garden. Overnight she laid eggs, some of which had stuck to her wings. The eggs will be held, the emergent caterpillars reared through and the adult moths then released … Read More

What’s that small yellow butterfly?
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In fact, it’s a daytime flying moth. Our first Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia) moth of the year was seen flying along a cliff top hedgerow over-looking the Helford River in Cornwall. It didn’t settle for a photo so this is … Read More

Scaup at Swanpool Local Nature Reserve in Falmouth
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This female Scaup was on Swanpool Lake feeding amongst the resident waterfowl, including the similar looking female Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) shown, on floating bread thrown by visitors – a strange diet for a diving duck designed to feed on … Read More

Goldfinch
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This Goldfinch was singing away on a treetop near Trefusis Point, Falmouth. Insight: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) feed on thistles and knapweeds, extracting the seeds with their fine bills. Males are the only bird able to take the seeds from Teasel … Read More

Butterflies near Trefusis Point, Cornwall
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Our first Comma butterfly of the spring and a single Peacock were basking in the sun on a south facing bank leading to Trefusis Point on the shores of the Carrick Roads, Falmouth. Insight: Both Comma (Polygonia c-album) and Peacock … Read More

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