Thanks to Jan Holyroyd and some of the Newquay Healthy Walkers for joining me and other regular volunteers for some ragwort pulling in the heat today (Tuesday 22 July). We met on Cubert Common, only to find that there was no ragwort to pull! Being a determined bunch we weren’t put off and drove on down to Crantock car park, where the friendly car parking staff managed to squeeze us in amongst the holiday hordes. We then headed up onto Rushy Green where we put in a good effort controlling the spread of the insect friendly (unfortunately not so friendly to livestock) ragwort.
All in all 17 bin bags of ragwort were pulled up, ensuring the cinnabar moth caterpillars that were feeding on it were shaken off onto other plants they could feed on where possible.
Cheers for your help guys, volunteers make all the difference to our conservation work!
North Cornwall Ranger