Pendarves Wood Nature Reserve is a wonderful native woodland that supports many woodland plants and animals and is a great place to take a walk just outside of Camborne. Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been looking after the nature reserve since 1976 and is owned by the Duchy.
The most southerly part of the wood provides a fantastic show of bluebells in late April to early May, few colours can rival that of the massed bell-shaped flowers with their delicate fragrance. The yellow brimstone is the often the first butterfly to be seen in spring and can be found in the glades at this nature reserve. A summer visitor of particular interest is a small bird known as the spotted flycatcher which can be seen darting from a perch into an open glade to catch flying insects.
The wood was originally part of the ornamental gardens and parkland of the Pendarves estate mansion. Although the most of the wood is broadleaved there are areas dominated by non-native trees and shrubs, which threaten to over-shadow the native wildlife. Part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s management of the nature reserves includes removing areas of laurel, rhododendron and himalayan honeysuckle to ensure they don’t prevent the native trees and shrubs from growing. The Trust also protect veteran trees, plant new native trees and maintain open rides and glades, all of which provides good habitat for a number of woodland birds, plants and other animals.
Pendarves Wood Nature Reserve is regularly used for events to teach children and their families about nature. The Trust’s wildlife club for children, Fox Club, regularly hold events there as do local outdoor education organisations.
For more information about this fantastic place for wildlife and people please visit http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk