A day of Practical Conservation Work at Bell Lake Marsh, part of the Red River Local Nature Reserve near Camborne

 
Saturday 13th October
Leaders: Steve Jones & Jo Poland
Assemble at the meeting point at SW629422 at 11.00am
 
Please bring gardening gloves, lunch & wellington boots which are essential as this is a wetland site. If the weather forecast suggest showers don't forget your raincoat!ay of Practical Conservation Work at Bell Lake Marsh, part of the Red River Local Nature Reserve near Camborne

Saturday 23rd February

Leaders: Steve Jones & Jo Poland

Assemble at the meeting point, (SW629422), at 11.00am

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Bell Lake Marsh is one of the best remaining dragonfly sites along the Red River Valley, supporting breeding colonies of the nationally scarce Small Red Damselfly & Keeled Skimmer. In the last 10 years it has lost it's colony of the Scarce Blue-tail Damselfly & during the last 30 years it has lost a Marsh Fritillary colony. Our aim is to reverse the decline of this important wetland habitat by removing invasive willow, gorse, birch saplings & lesser reedmace, opening up the site with a series of work parties over the autumn & winter. Please come along and lend a hand with this very worthwhile task, it will keep you fit while you have fun & enjoy a bit of constructive destruction!

 

The valley is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats officially designated as a Local Nature Reserve, the whole area has huge untapped potential, but like so many areas, is 

badly in need of some conservation management. Come along and make a difference.

The land owners, Cornwall Council will be providing insurance for volunteers working on the site at these events and we will be using our new tools (bow saws & loppers) thanks to a very generous donation from Western Power Distribution, however if you have any suitable tools please bring them along.

Please bring gardening gloves, lunch & wellington boots which are essential as this is a wetland site. If the weather forecast suggests showers don't forget your raincoat!

Bell Lake Marsh is ten minutes walk from the meeting place and is not visible from where we will initially assemble so please be punctual as we will be moving off promptly at 11.00am.

For health & safety purposes we will be taking down contact details for all those attending.

Directions: Leave the A30 dual carriageway at the Camborne West exit (Treswithian).

If you are travelling  in a westerly direction turn right at the end of the slip road, cross over the A30 before turning left on to a minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after the river bridge. Please park sensibly and do not obstruct vehicular access along the track.

 

If you are travelling in an easterly direction turn left at the end of the slip road & immediately left again on to a minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a
mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after the river bridge. Please park sensibly and do not obstruct vehicular access along the track.

Please park sensibly and do not obstruct vehicular access along the track.

 

 

Photos from the top:

Gold Spot Moth
Marsh Fritillary
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly
Gold Spot Moth
Bell Lake Marsh