Little Red Book
A new book over a decade in the making that details the location and habits of wildlife in Cornwall and Scilly has been released by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. People in the county can also get involved in monitoring our regional wildlife, find out how.
The original version of The Red Data book was published 12 years ago in 1997 when a group of dedicated Cornish naturalists produced an account of all the rare and interesting species of wildlife that inhabit the region.
A Cornish Dormouse.
Since its original release, the book has been recognised as the one stop resource for nature lovers and professionals alike in Cornwall.
The 2009 Red Book features updates on its original listings as well as additional species, including some new to Cornwall and some rare re-found species including local specialities such as Cornish Moneywort, Cornish Bladderseed, Cornish Sandhill Rustic and the Cornish Path Moss.
The new guide will also help people recognise how climate change and habitat loss have impacted our native and visiting species since the previous version.
A Lesser Butterfly Orchid.
The new edition has been produced by contributions from members of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders (CISFBR), in association with ERCCIS (the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly), and with support from Cornwall County Council.
When speaking about the web site to aid the cataloguing of species sightings, Gary Lewis from ERCCIS said:
"We want as many records as people are prepared to send us, that's why we're here, it's really important".
last updated: 30/06/2009 at 12:59
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