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CISFBR participates in periodic workshops and seminars, and organises a Spring meeting with the AGM and biodiversity discussion meetings in Summer or Autumn. Other activities, including field meetings, can be additionally arranged at the suggestion of members. Past meetings have included habitat based workshops, which were held for marine, freshwater, woodland and sand-dune habitats.


SATURDAY 9th July 2016

10.00am to 4.30pm


The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders (CISFBR) 2016 summer meeting and AGM has been organised for Saturday 9th July, at the Perceval Institute, St Minver for the morning session, and Pentire Point (SW98) for an afternoon recording walk.

This year the morning session will include only one talk - "Recording the rare bees of Kernow" by Paddy Saunders. The talk will focus on a couple of bumblebees but mostly the work Paddy is doing on other specialist solitary bees. Paddy will also be promoting his new book 'Bumblebees of Cornwall and Scilly' (for a free download of the publication see the ERCCIS website

This will be followed by a short CISFBR AGM, and then after lunch a circular walk recording the wildlife around the National Trust owned and managed Pentire Point, north of Polzeath. Paddy will also be on hand in the field for those interested in recording bees. Someone from the local National Trust Tintagel to Holywell team will also be with us on the walk as they are keen on getting some comments and ideas from recorders about improving the farmed areas of the site for wildlife, including suitable 'bee-friendly' areas. The week before, on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July the National Trust will be holding a Bioblitz at Lundy Bay, just to the east of Pentire Point. It is hoped that the recording walk on the 9th will cover areas not looked at during the Bioblitz.

The outline of the day is below -

Morning session - meet at the Perceval Institute, St Minver, SW96617717 (in the centre of the village)

10am - tea/coffee
10.45am - Introduction
11am - Recording the rare bees of Kernow - Paddy Saunders
12.30pm Lunch - (please bring your own).

Afternoon walk - meet at Lead mines car park, northwest of Pentireglaze - SW94097999 at 1.30pm. The walk should finish by 4.30pm.

For more details contact Ian Bennallick (CISFBR Secretary) Lower Polmorla, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE - Tel: 01726 890384



All walks start at 10 am (so try to get to the meeting place by 9.45am) and usually finish at around 4pm. Meetings are open to all and are free unless otherwise stated. Bring hand-lens, notebooks and field guides if you wish, relevant OS 1:25000 maps and a GPS if you have one. Suitable clothing and footwear is recommended and bring a packed lunch. * are joint meetings with other groups. Main leader with all walks is Ian Bennallick (IJB) unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday 8th June - COOMBE VALLEY and STIBB, SS21.
A walk through woodland, rough ground and stream sides to update SS2211 and SS2210. We will also search for Bird's-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis), last seen here in 1924. Meet at The National Trust, Stowe Barton (park in the courtyard) SS21161131.

*Saturday 11th June - Churchtown Farm Community Nature Reserve, SALTASH, SX45 - A Friends of Churchtown Farm wild flower walk in SX4157 and SX4257 with guide Ian Bennallick 10.30am to 1pm. Meet at Cecil Arms, SX41625833 10.25am. In the afternoon we will update the 1km square SX4058.

Tuesday 14th June - BOSSINEY, SX08. To update SX0688 and SX0689, and to see the population of Dactylorhiza fuchsii var. cornubiensis at Willapark. Meet at lay-by Rocky Valley, SX072890.

*Thursday 16th June - HAYLE TOWANS, SW53. A circular walk with the Friends of the Towans group around the mouth of the Hayle estuary and the west end of the Towans. Meet in the FREE car park at west end of Copperhouse creek, SW55823774. IJB with co-leader Martin Rule.

Sunday 19th June - TREMARDART WOOD and SOWDEN'S BRIDGE, SX25. To update SX2256 and SX2257. Meet near Duloe church, SX234580.

Tuesday 21st June - ADVENT and CAMELFORD (south), SX18. To update SX1081 and SX1082. Meet at lay-by at Valley Truckle, SX09958246.

Thursday 23rd June - WEST PENTIRE, SW76. The annual walk around the famously colourful arable fields managed by the National Trust for one of the largest concentration of rarest arable plants in the British Isles. Meet at the car park at the Bowgie Inn, West Pentire SW77646068.

Saturday 25th June - ST KEYNE, SX26. To update SX2460, meet by St Keyne village hall, SX241609.

Tuesday 28th June - MICHAELSTOW, SX07. To update SX0778, SX0878. Meet by entrance to Michaelstow Church, SX08057885.

Thursday 30th June - BURY COURT, near WEEK ST MARY, SX29. To update SX2297 and SX2298, and a visit to Penhallam Manor, a low, grass-covered but complete ground-plan of a moated manor house built by the de Cardinham family in the 13th century. Meet at small car park at SX22469795 northeast of Week St Mary.

Wednesday 6th July - BURY CASTLE and CABILLA, SX16. To update SX1369 and SX1469. Meet at Fore Downs, by entrance to firing range, SX132699.

*Sunday 10th July - TREWINT MARSH and ALTARNUN, SX28. Meet with the Launceston Parish Wildlife Group at Trewint Marsh in the morning and for BCG to update SX2281 in the afternoon. Meet at Five Lanes in lay-by, SX22438066 for further instruction. Trewint Marsh leader - LAPWG; BCG leader - IJB.

Thursday 21st July - RILLA MILL, SX27. To update SX2973, meet by the Manor House pub in centre of Rilla Mill, SX29527311.

*Saturday 23rd July - Wild flowers and butterflies of PENHALE SANDS, near CUBERT (SW75) - with Cornwall Butterfly Conservation. Join us for a closer look at the wild flowers, butterflies and moths to be found on Penhale Sands MOD Army Training Camp, not normally open to the public. We should find orchids and many species of Lepidoptera on this unique marsh and dune area. Meet by the South Gate near Treworthen Farm, Cubert (SW783566). Free, but booking is essential. Leaders: Ian Bennallick and Dave Thomas. Contact: Dave Thomas (01726) 861093 or

Tuesday 26th July - MIDDLE and HIGHER CRACKINGTON, SX19. To update SX1595 and SX1596. Meet in Higher Crackington by the institute, SX15579551.

Thursday 28th July - ST TEATH (west of), SX08. To update SX0581 and SX0580. Meet at entrance to St Teath Church, SX06408064.

Saturday 30th July - LANEAST DOWNS, BADGALL and TREGEARE, SX28. To update SX2286, SX2386 and SX2486. Meet at A395 layby on Laneast Downs SX23038480.

Thursday 4th August - HIGH CLIFF, north of BOSCASTLE, SX19. To update SX1293 and SX1294. Park in lay-by SX131934 by Newton Farm.

Saturday 6th August - BASTREET, east side of Bodmin Moor, SX27. To update SX2376 and SX2476. Meet along moorland road west of North Bowda, SX244773.

Tuesday 9th August - FLEXBURY, BUDE, SS20. To update SS2106 and SS2107. Meet at the Poughill Cemetery car park, SS22150781.

Saturday 13th August - CROW'S NEST and DARITE, SX26. To update SX2569 and SX2669. Meet at Crow's nest Inn, SX263693.

Tuesday 16th August - CANWORTHY WATER, SX29. To update SX2291 and SX2391. Meet at the bridge, SX22379173. Park safely where you can along the roads.

Thursday 18th August - CRAFTHOLE and SHEVIOCK, SX35. To update SX3654, SX3754 and SX3755. Meet by Finnygook Inn, Crafthole, SX36565420.

Saturday 20th August - ST MINVER, SW97. To update SW9677 and SW9676. Meet at the cemetery, east of St Minver, SW96807718.

Sunday 21st August - DELABOLE (north), SX08. To update SX0784 and SX0683. Meet at SX07488433, end of Rendall Street.

Tuesday 23rd August - LANTEGLOS, SX08. To update SX0882 and SX0982. Meet at lay-by at Valley Truckle, SX09958246.

Sunday 28th August - CAERLOGGAS DOWNS, SX05. To update SX0156 and SX0256. Meet at Caerloggas Downs, SX019565.

Saturday 10th September - TRESPARRETT, SX19. To update SX1491 and SX1490. Meet at Tresparrett Methodist Chapel SX14449174.

Saturday 17th September - TREGADILLET, SX28. To update SX2983, SX2984 and SX2884. Meet in car park by The Eliot Arms pub, SX29788376.

Saturday 24th September - BODMIN (west), SX06. To update SX0566 and SX0567. Meet at the Borough Arms, Dunmere, SX04696752.

Saturday 1st October - TAVY CLEAVE, DARTMOOR, DEVON. A joint meeting with the British Pteridological Society Cornwall and Devon group. A walk up a moorland valley recording Huperzia selago, Phegopteris connectilis, Oreopteris limbosperma, Hymenophyllum tunbrigense and H. wilsonii, and perhaps Gymnocarpium dryopteris. Terrain is difficult as there will be large granite boulders to clamber over and perhaps a wide stream to cross, so good walking boots and waterproof clothing is essential. Meet at the car park SX53738234 at Lanehead, northwest of Mary Tavy at 9.30am for 10am start. Leaders Ian Bennallick and Bob Hodgson. Booking essential, please contact Ian Bennallick

Botanical Cornwall Group Co-ordinator Ian Bennallick,
Lower Polmorla, St. Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE
Tel: 01726 890384 or 07714738189. E-mail







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