We managed to remove a section of barbed wire fencing, gates and a wooden stile above Soapy cove and replace it with temporary electric fencing, and now the stock have been removed from Kynance for the winter the electric fencing has been dismantled and put away for use next year. Our volunteer team contributed an amazing amount of time to helping us with our work, and also came up with a new innovative passing place for use in the temporary electric fences.
For me there were 3 main highlights for the year:-
1. The Sita Project – working with Plantlife and our other conservation partners (NT and CWT) we bid for and were successful in securing funding for work on ponds, track ways and scrub management. We managed to create new ponds, convert firefighting steep sided water holes put in in the 1980's onto wildlife ponds, we excavated parts of some of the numerous pools across our land that had grown in and open then up again.
We scraped out a couple of kilometres of old unused track ways so important for some of the Lizards rarer plant species, we look forward to monitoring them next year and seeing if the results of our labours bear fruit. One of these track ways that was scraped and very close to Andy Byfields (Plantlife) heart was the central track at Kynance which was filled in, in the early 1980's to provide access to parts of the site to allow for firefighting purposes following the devastating fires that occurred in 1976. Andy we have finally re-instated the old trackway.
2. The partnership working that we have all been developing really stated to work well this year, we have had a lot of help from our botanical friends, they have carried out species surveillance and advised us of sites that need further work to get them into top condition, we have had butterfly surveys completed, and in October Steve organised a very successful gathering of the great and the good naturalists from the Lizard and surrounding areas to discuss and help us with our planning for future habitat management work needed to keep the Lizard at the forefront of Nature Conservation. Everyone who attended the meeting will be kept informed of our future annual plans and we will listen to your comments and concerns if you have any and these meeting will be held annually.
3. And the last of my highlights for the year has been the Linking the Lizard website that you are reading this on and the Facebook page. The articles, species information, events and walks information and of course the amazing pictures has been a credit to all of you who have contributed to it. As well as a loyal local following we have had people looking at the site from Brazil, America and Chile. So my thanks go to Ray Surridge, Steve Townsend, Cat Lee and Amanda Scott, without their dedication to the site you wouldn't be reading this blog.
Oh and the sand came back to the beaches albeit a bit later in the year.
Have a good Christmas break
Published: Dec 2014
Author: Ray Lawman (Senior Reserves Manager Lizard NNR)