Work in this programme area is focusing on conservation management, surveying sites of significance and helping people get involved in their local environment. Support from local residents, relevant landowners, land managers and the St Cleer and District Commoners Association is enabling beneficial projects involving habitat management, skills-sharing, raising awareness and hands-on activities.
Caradon Heritage Partnership – Schools and Organisation Loans Boxes
The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project was established in 2009 and, funded for 4 years by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other local funders. One aspect of the project was the work it did with local schools and communities to encourage both children and adults to appreciate, find out about, use and conserve the abundant natural and historical resources in their local area.
Many local schools and groups visited natural and historical sites in their locality and learnt about the natural and historical environment of Bodmin Moor through observing, listening and acting out the lives and occupations of those who shaped and continue to manage the moor today. It became evident after the close of the project that this work should be continued in some way in order to inform and educate in the future
As a legacy of the project the Caradon Heritage Partnership have sourced and developed 7 loans boxes for schools and organisations to use to support learning about the local history and environment of the Caradon Hill area from the Mesolithic to World War II. These are now available to borrow from Liskeard Museum.
The Caradon Heritage Partnership hope that these boxes will provide a useful resource for continuing the education of local children and adults about their rich historical and environmental heritage, and are able to send someone in to talk to your school or organisation about the contents of the boxes and how then can be used to support this.
PENSILVA WILDLIFE GROUP
PENSILVA WILDLIFE GROUP
We are a group established with the help of the CHAHP and based in Pensilva in the parish of St Ive, who are passionate about the flora and fauna of our local area. We all have varying levels of knowledge and areas of particular interest, but are united in our desire to learn more about the natural history which is all about us. We are also keen to look for ways in which we can both help to preserve and improve the ecology which supports it.
Our stated aims are to:
a)...promote and share knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the local natural environment.
b)...support and initiate projects researching into the local natural environment
c)...develop and arrange storage of resources acquired to support the group’s aims and activities.
d)...communicate and share events, research results and resources for the benefit of the wider local community.
e)...communicate any research findings to the appropriate County and National organisations as appropriate.
Although a new group, we have already arranged talks, walks, a visit, a workshop, a summer holiday event for children and contributed to a national research project. We also hope to strengthen links with other local groups in order to share information and to widen access to events. If any of this interests you, whether you know next to nothing about wildlife or whether you are an expert, you will be made most welcome.
You can look out for events in the St Ive Parish Pump. However, if you would like to become a member, you will be put on our e-mailing list and will receive information about all events (including our AGM), so ensuring you do not miss out on anything. There is currently no membership fee.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!
Parish Wildlife Project
Spreading the word about the wildlife that lives locally and how to help conserve habitats. Plans for how best to manage wildlife sites are being developed with relevant organisations. Volunteers can help with plant, animal and landscape projects.
Investigating sites affected by certain invasive plants that are not native to the area. Offering training in how to spot the plants and how to control and monitor them.
County Wildlife Sites
Re-surveying all 18 County Wildlife Sites, offering advice to landowners and farmers and encouraging good conservation practices.
Finding out more about existing sites of geological and mineralogical importance (County Geology Sites – RIGS) and assessing potential new ones. Training up volunteers and students, raising awareness of the value of these sites and improving management and access.