Nature Study Saunter
Led by Valerie 07889 660785 or 01637 852162 (answerphone)
This is a group for people who just want a gentle stroll in the open air with some company, whilst studying the flora and fauna, geology or marine life in areas around Newquay or a bus ride away, followed by a brew and bite in a nearby cafe or pub. From November 2019 walks take place on the third Friday of the month, but if the forecast is bad, we will try to rearrange for another mutually convenient day.
Themes could be:-
• Wandering around beaches as we study various marine life, bagging up plastic waste washed up by the tide as we go
• Strolling along footpaths photographing different wildflowers
• Peering in rock pools for marine life
• Watching birds around a lake or river
• Admiring gardens while sauntering around a village
• Spotting sea life around a harbour or headland
• Visiting Nature Reserves, Animal Sanctuaries or even Newquay Zoo
• Identifying trees and plants
• Looking at rocks and pebbles (we had a couple of guided geology walks to start us off, but now we are on our own)
Walks will be as short as the group members present on the walk can do comfortably. Those that want a longer walk can stride out and meet up with us again later. Hopefully we can finish off with a brew and bite somewhere. In wet weather we can meet in a nearby café or pub to discuss what we've learned so far and our future plans. We have plenty of Nature Study books, and of course the internet, to do our research.
Every Saturday, usually from Killacourt or the bus station at 10:30am but please check the Calendar page for any changes.
This is a small group of people who just fancy a stroll in the open air on a Saturday morning in good company. The walks are not normally very long but we take a long time doing them because we stop a lot to look at things. The length of the walk will be decided according to the participants’ abilities, the state of the tide and what is going on in or around Newquay. Or it may be a bus ride away, so bring your bus pass in case we need to bus there or back (or both), and wear shoes suitable for beach or rocky cliff walks. We will generally finish off in a cafe or pub for refreshments, or we may stop en route.
Please check whether the walk is still going ahead if wet or hot weather is forecast: keep an eye on the calendar page for details of whether the walk has been cancelled or the venue has been changed. Contact Valerie the day before or between 8:00am - 9:30am on the day if you need further details.
If you would like to join either the Nature Study Saunter Group or the Saturday Saunter Group please call or email Valerie
Nature Study Strolls we have had to date:-
|Mon 15th Oct 2018||Newquay Community Orchard guided tour|
|Mon 19th Nov 2018||Perranporth (Beach Shell Search and Wildlife Observation around the Lake) Refreshments at the Green Parrot.|
|Mon 17th Dec 2018||Trenance Gardens Tree Walk. Refreshments at the Heron Centre.|
|Mon 21st Jan 2019||Newquay Beaches from Towan to Lusty Glaze at low tide, beachcombing and plastic clearing. Refreshments at Lusty Glaze.|
|Mon 18th Feb 2019||Barrowfields to Lusty Glaze Beach studying sealife on rocks, plastic litter clearing followed by walk to the Fort Inn for refreshments.|
|Fri 22nd Mar 2019||Guided Geology Walk at Watergate Bay|
|Mon 25th Mar 2019||Crantock to Polly Joke Beach and back, via Bowgie Inn and SW Coast Path.|
|Mon 15th Apr 2019||Trenance Gardens circuit before walk around Newquay Zoo and Wildflower Lane area. Refreshments at Courtside Cafe|
|Fri 17th May 2019||Geology walk at Watergate Bay guided by Gus Horsley|
|Mon 17th Jun 2019||Geology walk at Fistral Beach guided by Gus Horsley|
|Mon 15th Jul 2019||Tour of Newquay Orchard, looking at the working areas, followed by a picnic.|
|Mon 19th Aug 2019||Newquay Orchard / Trenance / Wildflower Lane, circular walk via Trencreek.Picnic in Valerie's garden.|
|Mon 16th Sep 2019||Blackberry walk from the Piazza to and along the Gannel to Trenance. Refreshments at Lakeside.|
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Oct 21st||11:00am at the Heron Centre car park entrance for a tree walk to see the autumn colour. Refreshments back at the Heron or Trenance Cottages. The walk can be short (just around Trenance Gardens) or longer, depending on who participates.|
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