Day 16 – well the afternoon session was rather unplanned! I had expected to meet up with James Mustoe and members of 3 Bays Wildlife group at Portmellon near Mevagissey but I was too late finishing at Perranporth and missed them.
On the way home I passed Gypsy Lane and thought that last time I cleaned it 12 months ago I picked up over 100 dog poo bags – so I decided to walk it again and see if anything had changed since the installation of a dog poo bin.
The lane links Tregorrick and Asda in St Austell and runs along the back of a large new housing estate. As 1 in 3 households now owns a dog, not only does it put pressure on well trodden paths and fields close by but hugely increases the likelihood of dog fouling or abandoned poo bags. I am very pleased to say I only picked up 2 poo bags but a black bin full of other litter dropped by humans, mostly food packaging again and bottles and cans.
The wild flowers were starting to bloom – primroses, bluebells, celandine’s, dandelions and I couldn’t help feeling sad seeing them surrounded by discarded plastic and thinking how unlucky they were to have had a village of humans move in next door.