Monday, April 17, 2017

Kings Wood - Cornwall - SX0048

Better late then ever I suppose - This site I have chosen is SXOO48 with a large proportion of it being taken  up by Kings Wood which is owned by the Woodland Trust.

I quote from the website :

"This very appealing semi-natural ancient woodland dates back more than 400 years and offers a mix of native broad-leaves including oak, ash, sweet chestnut and beech together with areas of conifer planted in the 1960s and 70s.The wood lies on the west-facing side of the Pentewan Valley which runs roughly north-south from the town of St Austell to nearby Mevagissey. It forms a major part of the woodland that cloaks both sides of the valley, creating a prominent landscape feature in the local area with great scenic views across Cornwall’s south coast Look out for the rich ground flora, including splashes of vibrant bluebell in spring, heather and bilberry, which has led to the wood’s designation as a County Wildlife Site. Sections of woodland lie along the valley bottom, next to the St. Austell River, and the wet, marshy conditions provide a safe haven for species that love wetter areas such as willow and alder. The wood is also very important for wildlife and you may be lucky enough to spot some butterfly and moth species that are rare to Cornwall"

I conducted a quick walk yesterday and added a few species but I will be having a much longer and detailed look tomorrow (as I'm missing loads of obvious things).

1. Xylota segnis

 2. Syrphus ribesii

 3. Helophilus pendulus

4. Cheilosia illustrata

 5. Rhingia campestris
6. Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata
7. Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula

8. Orange Tip Butterfly - Anthocharis cardamines
9. Green-veined White - Pieris napi 


  1. Never heard of it mate, but sounds excellent. Looking forward to seeing what's in there. I saw a ladybird like that too, wondered if it was maybe a 6-spot..... ;) Third (?) time lucky buddy!

    1. BTW, you have 10 outta 10 species there that I've yet to record in my square! Your first post and I'm suffering 'square envy' already :(

  2. Won't be long before Bigfoot is on my list ;)

  3. With a Gibster hot on the trail!

  4. Welcome aboard mate, as Seth has said...looking forward to seeing what you've got in there. :)

  5. Looks like spring is here somewhere in these islands!