Gary Barlow helps protect habitat of scarce dragonfly near Camborne
Work is about to start on a major ground clearing project to protect dragonfly sites in the Red River Valley near Camborne.
Bell Lake Marsh is home to breeding colonies of the nationally scarce small red damselfly and keeled skimmer.
But in the past decade it has lost its colony of the blue-tail damselfly and over the past 30 years has lost a marsh fritillary butterfly colony.
The aim of the Red River Rescuers is to restore and maintain vital wild areas that are being swallowed up by brambles, gorse and willow, gorse, birch saplings and bullrushes.
The community conservation group, founded by Steve Jones last year - the then county dragonfly recorder, and Jo Poland from Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, is organising a series of work parties, starting in the autumn through the winter to next spring to carry out the work.
Cornwall Council will be providing insurance for volunteers working on the site. Tools are available along with safety equipment such as gloves, goggles and helmets, thanks to sponsorship from Western Power Distribution.
Gary Barlow, Red River Rescuers treasurer said: “As well as the conservation work we positively encourage everyone to look out for any interesting wildlife as we record all species that we find to help better understand the site.
“Several of the group are keen naturalists who help with identification. We would be pleased to welcome any new volunteers, no previous experience is necessary.”
The first clearing session is on September 28 at Bell Marsh Lake 11am to 3.30pm. Further details are at www.redriverrescuers.weebly.com