Wild Roseland Wildlife Exhibition – A Celebration of the Roseland
The Messack Oak standing amidst a carpet of bluebells, a startled roe deer surrounded by fresh green bracken, a black adder lying on the path, shells and seaweed, the arches of Sett Bridge mirrored in the river, and black craggy rocks: these were just a few of the images which were displayed at the Wild Roseland Photography Exhibition.
Living here we sometimes forget what a beautiful, rich and diverse landscape is all around us, but when we see over 150 photographs taken at different times of the year, at different locations and of different subjects we appreciate how lucky we are to live on the glorious Roseland.
In contrast and importantly, the Roseland Academy’s display focussed on the problems we are facing with the careless disposal of plastic on our beaches and in the sea; discarded sunglasses, bottle tops, plastic balls and bags. So disfiguring and a reminder of the huge problems we face with mountains of plastic littering our oceans, rivers and waterways; quite startling photography. Well done, year 9 students.
Wild Roseland would like to thank all those people who contributed photographs; it was a truly spectacular display of exceptional standards. We are also indebted to the Roseland Festival for once again sponsoring us and to Lobbs Farm Shop, the Idle Rocks Hotel, the Tresanton Hotel, Fal River and Heligan for generously donating prizes and to Brian Green for kindly giving us his time and expertise to help with the judging. A big thank you also is given to the A.O.N.B. and the St Mawes Heritage group for the loan of display boards. To those local businesses, where photos were accepted and stored, many thanks for the willing co-operation of De Bara, Ellerkey Guest House, Fudge and Moore, The Boathouse and Tregony Gallery.
An exhibition of this kind would not take place without the volunteers who put up and take down the stands and displays; so a big thank you to them and to the meeters and greeters, the communicators, the tea and coffee makers, the washers up, and everyone who helped in any way.
Will there be another Exhibition in two years’ time? Who knows? But, just in case, keep taking those photographs! Our season of talks will resume in the autumn but our activities continue during the summer.
Upcoming Wild Roseland Walks and Talks – dates for your diary
Note that all events are free but a small donation of £3 would be welcomed.
On Sunday 4th July the annual Great Seaweed Search will be taking place. Contact email@example.com for details.
On Sunday 14th July at 10.00am there will be a drop-in “Know your Moths”recognition morning in Veryan Village Hall.
On Wednesday morning, 31st July a Shoresearch event, with Matt Slater, will take place on the Roseland. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and booking.
Article by David Hall. Edited by Tara Robinson.
Wild Roseland is a group of volunteers who care passionately about looking after the nature and landscape of the Roseland peninsula in south Cornwall. Through a number of initiatives and projects, the aim is to inspire and enhance the conservation of this special place for all.
All images supplied by David Hall