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Phil Hunt has provided us with an extensive plant list which covers his plant records from 2000 to 2009. It lists 409 species that he has identified within the Par Beach/Local Nature Reserve (boundaries shown on the map on The Geography page).

The plant list has been typed up and is here as a PDF document, click the link below to view it, it will open in a new browser window.
Phil Hunt's Plant List


We keep a tally of all the bird species spotted on our patch - the beach, pool and the bits inbetween. Please contact us if you want to help us with all things birds, or if you have a question you'd like to ask us about them.

Trevor Moore keeps an extensive website with his and others sightings of birds locally and kindly lets FoPB plunder this information (and the fantastic photos) whenever we want. Visit St Austell Baywatch

Nigel Climpson, local nature enthusiast and photographer, has some outstanding photographs on his blog site at Natural World.

Wildlife Identification Websites (links)

More information can be found on our Links page but it was thought useful to keep wildlife i.d. links on the wildlife page.

Bird identication - RSPB
Click on what you know - size, feathers, beak shape and the search results will give you a shortlist of possibilities. You need Javascript enabled on your browser for this to work.

Bugs (Orthoptera) - Erccis
More specifically bush-crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, earwigs and stick insects. This is a whole selection of photographs for to compare with.

Butterflies and Moths - Butterfly Conservation
Quick i.d. of butterflies with lots of photos, and the same for day flying moths too.

Dragonflies and Damselflies - British Dragonfly Society
Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification Help.
Plus commonly seen species and ID tips.

Plant Identification - Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland
There are links to the terms BSBI use in their identification program, it is quite comprehensive

Shell identification- Bivalve Molluscs - Natural History Museum
Click on "Browse Taxa" and then the area you are interested in such as intertidal for shallow beach molluscs.

Mammals (Carnivorous) - Erccis
Identify otters, badgers, foxes, mink, stoats and weasels.

Mammals (Marine) - Erccis
Dolphins, seals and porpoises

Mammals (Rabbits and Hares) - Erccis
Information sheet on rabbits and hares

Mammals (Small) - Erccis
The difference between mice, rats, voles and shrews found in Cornwall

Mushrooms - Rogers Mushrooms App
The Roger's Mushrooms App is the perfect tool for learning about and identifying mushrooms.

Tree identification - SAPS (from Summer shoot or Winter twig)
Science and Plants for Schools website. Choose to identify from a Shoot with leaves or a Twig without leaves.

Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
PL24 Community Association, Tesco,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Tesco PL24 Community Association