Wildlife Matters LIVE

Wildlife Matters LIVE

Join us for a series of live project updates with a panel of experts, plus an opportunity to get your questions answered

As a supporter of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, we invite you to join us, virtually, for Wildlife Matters. In this online livestream series, we will host project updates featuring a panel including Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff, project partners and supporters. Each Wildlife Matters event will give an overview of the project, work undertaken to date and what's coming next. This is a great opportunity to see the impact of your support and to ask any burning questions.

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Cuttlefish amongst a colourful underwater reef

Cuttlefish by Alexander Mustard/2020VISION

Next event: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Restoring Cornwall's Seas Update and Q&A

Date: Thursday 25th March

Time: 7pm

Where: online, watch by clicking on the button below

Cornwall is home to some of the richest marine life in the UK. Yet our oceans are increasingly under pressure from many years of unsustainable development and poor protection. Join us for a livestream update to hear about the work undertaken by Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff and project partners to ‘rewild’ our seas and protect it for future generations to come.

We want to ensure there is plenty of time for Q&A so, please feel free to ask any questions about our marine environment when signing up below (optional). Whether you are wondering about sustainable fishing, interested in highly protected marine areas, want to ask about the impact of plastic pollution or have any other questions… be sure to ask below!

We will be joined by our brilliant marine team (Ruth Williams, Matt Slater and Abby Crosby) and Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation, will chair the discussion and be asking them your questions.

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Watch back: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Working with Farmers Update and Q&A

Upwards of 70% of Cornwall’s land is farmed in some way – so how this land is managed has a big impact on wildlife. Watch the update video to hear how we’re working with hundreds of fantastic farmers across Cornwall to promote nature-friendly farming and working collaboratively with our partners to improve water quality and prepare the landscape for extreme weather too. You'll also hear how our ‘joined up’ approach is creating important wildlife corridors beyond our nature reserves that have positive benefits for both the environment and the farming community. We were joined by:

  • Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation at Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Daniel Poole, Upstream Thinking Project Manager
  • Liz Cox, Upstream Thinking Ecologist
  • Stephen Bone, a dairy farmer from Penwith in West Cornwall working with the Upstream Thinking project

Chaired by Carolyn Cadman, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Chief Executive


02:13 - Why is Cornwall Wildlife Trust involved in giving farm advice? (Cheryl Marriott)
09:37 - An introduction to the Upstream Thinking Project and its successes (Daniel Poole)
21:37 - Working together to enhance wildlife habitats: A farmer’s perspective (Liz Cox and Stephen Bone)
55:57 - What actions can people take to help local farmers? (All panellists)

44:39 - Are you only working with farmers whose streams run into water courses which people drink?
45:34 - How often do you perform ecological monitoring on each farm?
46:39 - Have you found a knock-on effect of neighbouring farmers wanting to follow in the same way to improve wildlife on their films?
48:54 - How do we incentivize farmers to plant trees on their land in Cornwall?
51:12 - Has Stephen ever thought about going organic on his farm?
53:26 - If Cornwall achieves a farm advice service (which is currently being discussed by the local enterprise partnership and the local nature partnership), would your advisers remain independent?

Watch back: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Operation Hedgehog Update and Q&A

Watch an update from some of the team involved in Operation Hedgehog; a project led by Cornwall Wildlife Trust aimed at reversing the rapid decline of hedgehog populations across Cornwall. With overwhelming support for our hedgehog appeal this year, find out how your support has helped to make a difference. We were joined by:

  • Tom Shelley, Conservation Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Laura Fox, ELMs Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust/Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS)
  • Dave Groves, Chairman of Cornwall Mammal Group
  • Dave Hudson, Chair of Trustees at Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue
  • Katy South, Co-Founder/Operations and Volunteer Manager for Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue 

Chaired by Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation at Cornwall Wildlife Trust


02:05 – ‘Operation Hedgehog’ Introduction (Tom Shelley)
07:28 - Hedgehog ecology and how to help (Laura Fox)
21:07 - Hedgehog surveying and volunteering (Dave Groves)
35:15 - Prickles and Paws Live Rescue Centre Tour (Katy South and Dave Hudson)
57:53 - Take-home points from the evening (All panellists)

32:06 - Are there any signs other than dropping that show the presence of hedgehogs?
32:49 – How do we monitor numbers of hedgehogs?
49:12 – Can feeding hedgehogs have a negative impact?
50:23 – Should I refresh the bedding in my hedgehog house?
51:25 – Do you only release where there are already hedgehogs?
52:33 – I’ve read that slugs and snails carry nematode worms that can cause serious lung disease to hedgehogs. Is this correct?
54:05 – How much of a barrier are street roads and lanes to hedgehogs?
55:04 – Should we log hedgehog sightings with you and on Hedgehog Street or should we only be logging in one place?
55:44 – My wildlife meadow is cut for hay by a farmer usually in late July. How can I minimise any risk to hedgehogs and other wildlif

Watch back: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Badger Vaccination Update and Q&A

Watch an update from those involved in the research and practice of badger vaccination across Cornwall. With overwhelming support for our Badger Vaccination Appeal last year, find out how the project is going and the impacts to date. We were joined by:

  • Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Tom Shelley, Conservation Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Prof. Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow at Zoological Society of London
  • Keith Truscott, a local farmer who has committed to having badgers vaccinated on his land

Chaired by Carolyn Cadman, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Chief Executive


00:48 - Impact of bTB on farmers (Keith Truscott)
03:38 - The science of badger vaccination (Rosie Woodroffe)
15:54 - The practical issues of vaccinating badgers (Rosie Woodroffe)
19:29 - Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination work – how it started (Cheryl Marriott)
25:28 - The mid-Cornwall farmer-led vaccination project (Keith Truscott and Cheryl Marriott)
37:50 - Vaccination on the ground (Tom Shelley) 48:01 - What is next for Cornwall (Cheryl Marriott and Rosie Woodroffe)

13:44 - Do other animals pass bTB to cattle?
14:46 - Badger vaccination doesn’t work on animals that already have bTB. Is this a problem?
18:00 – If badgers only transmit a small percentage of bTB, what is the main culprit and how can this be actioned?
34:26 - Once badgers have been vaccinated, do they need to be vaccinated again?
35:41 - How can more farmers be attracted to participate in vaccination?
44:33 - Is there any data showing the percentage of badgers that would need to be vaccinated to significantly reduce the prevalence of bTB in badgers?
45:44 - Are you allowed to vaccinate in cull areas?
52:06 - Are there any other successful vaccination projects around the world?
54:07 - What actions can people take to help?