Local Wildlife

Here at Rospannel Farm we are fortunate to be surrounded with spectacular scenery and a vast variety of wildlife.

Bernard is particularly fascinated by birds and 'bugs' and we are involved with many wildlife recording projects, including ringing wild birds.

Cornwall wildlife

We are actively involved with our local Wildlife Trust, the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) and other local biological recording groups.

 

 

We have included downloadable files for each taxonomic group which we hope will be of interest. All files are in PDF format. If you are unable to read this these files you may need to download separate Adobe Reader software to your computer.

 

 


Some years ago I decided to try and identify every living thing that I'd seen on Rospannel Farm, the lists below go some way towards this end, with well over one thousand species identified so far, unfortunately a lot of them only have scientific names and it would have been difficult to include photos of everything, but most can now be found on the web elsewhere.

I started making a list of people to thank, for helping me with the identification of the 1,300 species so far listed from Rospannel Farm, then realised that it was impossible to include everyone individually, as I had been born knowing nothing, and hundreds of very kind people had taught me along the way. In recent years, the members of CISFBR, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders, and those tallented people that run all the freely available searchable websites have been a huge help. 

Birds

Rospannel Farm bird ringing data - PDF format

Rospannel Farm bird list 126 species -PDF format

We have our own private bird watching hide for our visitors to use and welcome bird-watching enthusiasts.

The hide over-looks a half acre pond where dragonflies and damselflies are also very active in the summer.

We have been involved with a national bird ringing project since 1994 and have ringed over 40 species of birds here including, Firecrest, Linnet, Pied flycatcher, Redstart, Redwing, Reed warbler, Sedge warbler and Spotted flycatcher.

 

Water rail
Water Rail being ringed at Rospannel Farm

GoldcrestGoldfinch (Juv) Sedge Warbler

Butterflies

Rospannel Farm butterfly records (edited list)

At Rospannel Farm we actively encourage butterflies and moths by planting synoptically.

 

Small Copper
Small Copper

Holly Blue pumping up wings
Holly Blue pumping up wings

Moths

Rospannel Farm highlights for 2010 - PDF format 333kb

Rospannel Farm moth records

As many of the moths are identified and recorded as possible, and the moths are released back, unharmed, into the wild. So far we have recorded approx 500 species. Our moth record data can be downloaded as PDF files below.

There are quite a few 'lepidopterists' in west Cornwall and Rospannel Farm hosts moth mornings for The Cornwall Wildlife Trust and local moth enthusiasts at short notice, notifying those interested by email.

Barea asbolaeas
Barea asbolaeas

 

0180-Diplodoma herminata
Diplodoma herminata

Brimstone (white)
Brimstone (white)

White Ermine
White Ermine

 

Moth meeting at Rospannel Farm
Moth meeting at Rospannel Farm

Bedstraw Hawk-mothHyles gallii
0388 Prochoreutis myllerana
Wax Moth Galleria mellonella
Bedstraw Hawk-moth
Hyles gallii
Prochoreutis myllerana
Wax Moth
Galleria mellonella

 


Ants, bees wasps, saw flies etc

Rospannel Farm hymenoptera species

On the 19th. July 2006 I first noticed a Leaf-cutter bee entering a small drainage hole in the side of a large flowerpot with a piece of leaf. From then on I spent many hours noting its journeys to and fro collecting pollen, nectar and pieces of leaf.

It usually did not start work until around noon, by which time the sun had reached the flowerpot, and finished by late afternoon, but worked extremely hard and continuously during the afternoon. If it was late starting because of the weather it worked on a little later.

By the 30th. August 2006 she was exhausted, the weather was bad, and when she was unable to summon enough strength to climb back into the nest, and was obviously going to die, I reluctantly decided to take her to have her identified.

Lots of minute parasitic wasps had been around the entrance of the nest during the Summer, thanks go to S.A.Corbet for identifying these as Pteromalus venustus (listed as P.apum (Retzius in Degeer) in Fitton et al. (1978)).

During the Autumn I constructed a fine mesh cage and placed the flowerpot in it, intending to mark the females as they emerged in the following Summer.

Unfortunately the Summer of 2007 was as you all know, almost non-existent. Two males emerged on two separate days at the beginning of June and were released from the cage. Being used to handling Honeybees it was most noticeable that when being released that they took of without a backward glance, off into the distance, not orienting themselves as to where they had to return to. Obviously, they had no need to return.

These two males were all that emerged, the weather been too bad from then on.
Thanks to David Baldock for identifying M.willughbiella, and many thanks to all who helped steer me in the right direction.

G.B.Hocking

Beginnings of a wasp nest
Beginnings of a wasp nest

Mellinus arvensis picking up Lucilia caesar
Mellinus arvensis
picking up Lucilia caesar

Megachile willughbiella
Megachile willughbiella at Rospannel Farm 2006/7
Image of male, taken after emergence
at beginning June 2007

 

Other Wildlife records from Rospannel Farm

Beetles

Rospannel Farm beetle species

Endomychus coccinus
Endomychus coccinus

Oedemera nobilis
Oedemera nobilis


Dragonflies

Rospannel Farm dragonfly species

 

Female Black-tailed skimmer
Female Black-tailed skimmer

Vagrant Emperor (female)
Vagrant Emperor (female)

Flies

Recent fly sightings at Rospannel Farm - updated 14th February 2009

Rospannel Farm fly species

The Tachinid Fly Cylindromyia brassicaria at new Cornish location article

Volucella bombylans var. haermorrhoidale
 Volucella bombylans var. haermorrhoidale

Epistrophe eligans
Epistrophe eligans

Volpel female
Female Volucella pellucens

Male Chrysotoxum bicinctum
Male Chrysotoxum bicinctum

Cheilosia variabilis (mating pair)
Cheilosia variabilis (mating pair)

Coetig and Haeplu
This photo shows the Muscid fly, Coenosia tigrina sucking
the body fluids from a Cleg fly, Haematopota pluvialis,
having immobilised it in mid-air. 
This is believed to be the first time this has been photographed.

Spiders

Rospannel Farm spider species

 

Misumena vatia male
Misumena vatia male

Tetragnata extensa
Tetragnata extensa

Bugs etc

Rospannel Farm bug species etc

 

Cicadella viridis
Cicadella viridis

Corizus hyoscamiviridis
Corizus hyoscami

Evacanthus interruptus
Evacanthus interruptus

Molluscs

Rospannel Farm mollusc species

Arion ater with egg mass
Arion ater with egg mass

 

Ferns etc

Rospannel Farm ferns etc species

Marchantia polymorpha
Marchantia polymorpha

Flowering plants

Rospannel Farm flowering plant species

Sneezewort
Sneezewort

Ivy-leaved Bell-flower
Ivy-leaved Bell-flower

A white Devil's-bit Scabious
A white Devil's-bit Scabious

Mammals

Rospannel Farm mammal species

 

Water shrew
Water shrew

 

Crickets

Rospannel Farm cricket species

Speckled Bush Cricket nymph
Speckled Bush Cricket nymph

Rospannel Farm fungi species

Mutinus elegans ravenelli
Mutinus elegans ravenelli

Lycogala terrestre
Lycogala terrestre

Amphibians amphibians and everything else

Rospannel Farm amphibians and everything else

Schizophyllum sabulosum
Schizophyllum sabulosum

 


Local Nature reserves

Cornwall Wildlife Trust have over 50 nature reserves throughout Cornwall and there are some locally in West Cornwall. Visit the Cornwall Wildlife Trust web site for details of their nature reserves and also their events and activities.

The National Trust also own much of the land and historic places in Cornwall including many of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB)'s. Visit the Devon and Cornwall section of their web site to find out more.

Chun Quoit on the West Penwith Moors a nature reserve owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Chun Quoit on the West Penwith Moors a nature reserve owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust