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Practical Conservation Work at Great Wheal Seton, Cornwall, Red River Valley Local Nature Reserve

Saturday, 27 January 2024
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Leaders: Steve Jones, Cerin Poland & Kevin Gill
Moving off from the meeting point at the bottom of the Fire Brigade Site, Tolvaddon, (SW657417) at 11.00am

We return to action in 2024 with our annual session at Great Wheal Seaton where we will be clearing all that lovely gorse, willow and alder that has relentessly sprouted again since last year!

It is vital that we keep this site in prime condition as it is not only the last remaining Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly site in the valley, (and a potential reservoir for future expansion), but it is also recognised as one of the few permenant sites for the species in the country, (largely due to our management).

We have permission to park at the bottom of the Fire Station complex for this event but please park sensibly and with due regard for the need for access at all times by the Fire Brigade. Detail directions can be found below.

Remember to wear old clothes, it’s a messy job if you get carried a way and sparks from Gary’s bonfire will damage clothing if you get too close!!! Wellies are a must and don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. We will provide tools along with gloves and protective eyewear, however you are more than welcome to bring your own kit if you feel happier using that. For health & safety purposes we will be taking down contact details for all those attending.

You can see photos & read about the ongoing work at our Red River Valley sites, along with the species involved on the Red River Rescuers Facebook page here:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/redriverrescuers/     Why not register and get regular updates. Don’t worry if you’re not on Facebook, we have our own website where you can also read all about our activities here:    www.redriverrescuers.weebly.com


Directions to Great Wheal Seton, (Tolvaddon):
If you are travelling in a westerly direction along the A30 from Redruth take the first Camborne (Tolvaddon) exit, signposted “Pool, Camborne, Portreath A3047”. After entering the slip road take the right hand lane signposted “Portreath” & then bear right as you drop down to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn right on to the dual carriageway and pass under the A30. Immediately after passing under the A30 turn left on to the minor road. After 60 metres you will pass the fire station, turn left onto the fire Brigade site and wind your way down to the bottom of the site where you can park sensibly.

If you are travelling in an easterly direction along  the A30 from Hayle take the second Camborne exit, signposted “Camborne, Portreath A3047”. After entering the slip road take the left hand lane. Immediately after the traffic lights at the Portreath junction, move into the right hand lane and take the next right, (if you pass under the A30 you have gone too far). After 60 metres you will pass the fire station, turn left onto the fire Brigade site and wind your way down to the bottom of the site where you can park sensibly.

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.