CRSP Spring 2019 event announced! A very special evening at Tregothnan, by special permission of The Hon Evelyn Boscawen

 We are delighted to announce that the gates of Tregothnan will be open to our supporters for a very special evening on Tuesday the 30th April 2019.  Guests will be able to enjoy a tour of the garden, to be followed by canapes in the Coach House. Ticket invitations have been issued by post to our members. If you would like to receive an invitation you can become a member of CRSP on this website.

The timetable for the evening is as follows.

6.00pm arrival and garden tour

7.30pm canapes

8.30pm depart Tregothnan 


Sir Charles Burrell and Isabella Tree on their Re-Wilding Project at Knepp - Evening Report

We enjoyed a fabulous evening on the 16th November with Sir Charles Burrell and his wife the author Isabella Tree talking to us about their rewilding project at Knepp Castle in West Sussex. Since 2001 the land, which was once intensively farmed, has been devoted to a unique rewilding project and Charlie and Izzy shared their experiences with us. 

Charlie talked to the sold-out audience of 100 people about the finances of the wilding model, and Izzy shared with us how the ecology of the estate has sprung back to life with rare species like the purple emperor butterfly and turtle doves now breeding.

If you have the chance to visit Knepp we would highly recommend it, we are all booking our visits for 2019 now! See their website for more information:  


Exciting speaker announced for winter 2018 evening talk on Friday 16th November 2018

We are delighted to announce that our speaker for the CRSP winter lecture this year is renowned rewilding practitioner Sir Charles Burrell. Charles will speak on the topic of "Wilding: The return of nature to the British Landscape". The event will take place on Friday 16th November, at Trelowarren and the talk will commence at 6.30pm sharp and then be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Charles is best known for having taken his family's 3,500 acre Knepp Castle estate through an extensive rewilding process, and now chairs Rewilding Britain.

Charles' decision to move into nature conservation was taken in 1999, having attempted for 17 years to make the Estate's arable and dairy enterprises profitable. The Estate was ill-suited to compete with modern intensive farming and Charles was promted to look at a more naturalistic method of land management when in 2000, he received Countryside Stewardship funding to restore 350 acres around the castle that had been under the plough since the Second World War.

Further inspired by a visit to the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands in 2002 and the work of pioneering Dutch ecologist Dr Frans Vera, Burrell set about establishing a 'hands-off', process-led, naturalistic grazing system across the entire Estate using free-roaming herds of old English longhorns, Exmoor ponies and Tamworth pigs as proxies for the aurochs, tarpan and wild boar that would once have roamed the British countryside.

The Knepp Wildland Project has seen huge wildlife successes. Today headline species include nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies. Knepp now has all five UK species of owls and 13 out of the UK's 17 species of bats.

The Knepp Wildland experiment has become an enterprise of considerable influence, informing ideas about the future of nature conservation and the provision of ecosystem services such as soil restoration, biodiversity, water purification, flood mitigation, carbon sequestration, human health and recreation.

Tickets are £35 per head to include drinks and nibbles. We expect the event to sell out and you can book your tickets in our online shop or by emailing



Spring dinner and auction - 9th March 2018 

We will be holding our annual fundraising dinner and auction on the 9th March 2018 at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay, We are very pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the evening is Lord Gardiner, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity.

 You can book tickets in our online shop which also gives timings for the evening. 

Winter lecture dinner on Pine Martens with Catherine McNicol  - 10th November 2017

Join us for the latest in our series of popular winter lecture dinners at Trelowarren on the 10th November. We will be joined by Catherine McNicol who is working with the Vincent Wildlife Trust on pine marten recovery. Cat is specifically investigating the impacts of pine marten reintroduction on grey squirrels. In particular Cat is investigating pine marten diet, behaviour and spatial ecology which is especially pertinent to our red squirrel reintroduction project in Cornwall. We are therefore very pleased Cat is able to join us and bring us up to date on the latest research with pine marten, and hear how the Vincent Wildlife Trust pine marten project is progressing. We know this topic is of interest to lots of you as we are often asked about it when we hold events so please come and along and feel free to bring any burning questions with you!

The evening will also be an opportunity to see the newly constructed red squirrel breeding enclosures at Trelowarren. We are working with Paradise Park, in Hayle, and the National Studbook for Red Squirrels to stock these pens with captive bred red squirrels. These will then become the nucleus of our eventual release population of red squirrels. If you'd like to join us for this bring wellies, a coat and a torch!

The evening will start at 6pm when we'll meet for drinks, and those who would like to see the enclosures can head out for a short winter walk. Dinner will follow at 7pm and the talk at 8.30pm. It will be held in the New Yard Resturant, Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston,  TR12 6AF. You can  find further details about the restaurant here.

If you'd like to find about more about Cat and the Vincent Wildlife Trust pine marten project you can visit their website here.

Cat McNicol, PhD researcher with the Vincent Wildlife Trust


An evening with Tony Kirkham at the Duchy Nursery  - 8th August 2017

Tony Kirkham is head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he has worked since 1978. Tony has an infectious enthusiasm for his subject and is best known for his appearances in the BBC series 'A Year at Kew' and 'The Trees That Made Britain'

Come and join is at our fundraising dinner in aid of the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project, at Duchy Nursery, Lostwithiel, PL22 0HW

5.30pm onwards - Nursery open late

6.30pm - Canapes

7.30pm - Two course dinner

9.00pm - Talk by Tony Kirkham

£50 per person

Dress code - Smart casual

Book your tickets online in the shop and email us your menu choices from the following selection on

Main Course:

Whole Cornish lemon sole/ megrim sole with lemon and thyme roasted new potatoes, garlic prawns and spring greens

Spinach, spring onion and Cornish Gouda soufflé with Duchy salad and tomato ciabatta

Slow roast pork belly with Cornish orchards cider and Duchy honey glaze, sautéed new potatoes, cherry tomatoes and seasonal greens


Duchy Honey and Cornish cheesecake with Lavender syrup and honeycomb

Eton mess

Summer fruit pudding with clotted cream


Royal Cornwall - 8th-10th June 2017

We will be at the Royal Cornwall Show on the 8th-10th June so do come and say hello. You can find us in the Forestry Tent which is the timber structure next to the Flower Tent.


Trelowarren lecture and dinner - Wednesday 9th November 2016

Grey squirrel control is of course a key interest for us as it's essential we remove them from our target reintroduction areas  before we can reintroduce red squirrels. In order to keep up to date with the latest research around this topic we are very pleased to announce that Dr Giovanna Massei from the Animal and Plant Health Agency and Dr Julie Lane, of Defra will be coming to give a lecture for us on the 9th November. 

Dr. Giovanna Massei is an acknowledged world leader in Human-Wildlife Conflicts and the Deputy Director of the National Centre of Wildlife Management and Dr Julie Lane is head of the Defra spring trap testing programme and closely linked in to the AITHS / Europe testing programme. Giovanna will be talking to us about the developments in immunocontraceptives for grey squirrels, and Julie will be talking to us about developments in spring trapping. 

Following their lectures we will enjoy a two course meal in the New Yard Restaurant at Trelowaren, near Mawgan, on the Lizard. The evening will start at 6pm with dinner at approximately 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £40 are available in our online shop. 


Royal Cornwall 2016

Come and see us in the Forestry Tent on the 9th, 10th and 11th of June 2016 when we'll be at Royal Cornwall. The Forestry Tent is at the bottom of the show ground next to the Flower Tent.


Boconnoc to be 2016 venue for CRSP auction and dinner

We are very excited to be able to announce that the 2016 CRSP fundraising dinner will be held at the beautiful Boconnoc near Lostwithiel. The event will be held on the 17th March when the gardens will be their most spectacular.

5.30pm sharp - Guided garden walk (bring wellies!)
6.30pm - Laurent Perrier Champagne reception with canapés
7.30pm - Three course dinner
9.00pm - Fundraising auction

£75 per person
Dress code - Lounge suits
Or book online in the shop page of this website.

The menu is as follows (vegetarian option available):

Grey squirrel , pork & mushroom terrine
Served with melba toast, red onion chutney, chicory salad and French dressing

Loin of pork with a creamy prune, chestnut and brandy sauce
Roast potatoes with rosemary and garlic, local purple sprouting broccoli, carrots with butter and parsley

Red wine jelly, homemade vanilla ice cream and ginger biscuit 


An Evening of Red Squirrels at Watergate Bay Newquay - 1st October 2015

CRSP are delighted to invite you to an evening of all things Red Squirrel with Dr Craig Shuttleworth at the Watergate Bay hotel on Thursday 1st October.

Craig is the acclaimed mastermind of the Anglesey Red Squirrel Project which has successfully conserved what was a tiny population of reds on the island through eradication of grey squirrels and targeted releases of captive bred red squirrels. Today there are around 400 red squirrels on the island, which are also spreading back into mainland Wales. Craig will talk to us about the challenges faced and the solutions found, as well as the wider picture of red squirrel conservation across Europe. Having just written and published the book Red Squirrels: Ecology, Conservation & Management in Europe Craig is perfectly informed to educate and entertain on this fascinating topic!

A glass or wine or a soft drink on arrival and tapas plates of savoury and sweet food are all included in the ticket price of £25 per head. The evening will start at 6.30 for p.m. so guests can enjoy watching the sunset over Watergate Bay before Craig's talk.

To book please either email Natasha at (note Natasha is on holiday from 28.08.15 to 13.08.14 so you will receive booking confirmation on either side of this) or you can buy tickets easily using Paypal in our online shop.


Stithians Show - Monday 13th July 2015

Our next event is Stithians Show on Monday 13th July. We will be in the charities tent talking about the project and handing out information, so if you are at the show do pop by to say hello! You can find out more about the show here:


Squirrel Training Day in Great Torrington - 24th June 2015

CRSP are pleased to be working with Confor, Trees and Land CIC and Pryor and Rickett Forestry to deliver a grey squirrel training day on the 24th June at 10am.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the economic and environmental damage caused by grey squirrel populations, look at two sites which are suffering from grey squirrel damage; a ten year old plantation of broadleaved trees which civers 7 hectares, and a nearby woodland which is planted with oak and Norway Spruce.

Our grey squirrel trapper David will then demonstrate techniques for grey squirrel control and there will be a discussion over other methods of grey squirrel control, including the most up to date research on Pine Marten.

Discussion will then focus on widespread grey squirrel control in the south west following the introduction of the UK Squirrel Accord and the new grey squirrel action plan issued by the Forestry Commission in December 2014. If you would like to book on this event please contact Caroline Harrison of Confor on 01837 82222 or email Caroline on

Caerhays Summer Fete - Sunday 21st June 2015

 We will be at the beautiful Caerhays Castle on Father's Day for this summer fete in aid of Macmillan. There are lots of lovely stalls planned, as well as live music and a dog show, so it promises to be a good day out for everyone.

Autumn event planned at Watergate Bay - 2015

We are in the process of planning a casual evening event at the Watergate Bay Hotel near Newquay. The event will bring together well known speakers from the Red Squirrel world to talk about two other successful red squirrel projects in the UK. Guests will be able to watch the sun set from the Watergate Bay bar whilst enjoying drinks and nibbles, before sitting down for the evening of talks. Tickets will be £25 and only 50 spaces will be available. Dates and booking information will be coming soon - watch this space!

Event report for the annual CRSP fundraising dinner and auction, this year held at Caerhays Castle - 2015

We are delighted to report that the annual fund raising dinner held on the 23rd March 2015 raised £11,643.65 for CRSP. The event was held at Caerahays Castle, with a marquee set up on the lawn inside the castle walls. Despite the drizzle guests enjoyed walking around the gardens at the height of the magnolia and camellia season.

After a walk around the gardens guests gathered in the marquee for Laurent Perrier Champagne, kindly provided for the event by the champagne house, and canapés prepared by Pencoose Pantry. These included a delicious grey squirrel terrine. Grey squirrel is always on the menu at CRSP events to demonstrate the uses of the meat.

Charles Williams provided an update on CRSP for the 170 guests gathered, and guest speaker, Jonathan Young, spoke about the challenges of countryside management and invasive species, and urged those present and members of CRSP to keep up the good work.

Following dinner Tony Harris auctioned lots donated to CRSP for the evening, which included holidays, a spa day at Trelowarren, days fishing, sailing and shooting, wine, whisky, food hampers, venison, lamb, champagne, paintings, cookery courses, a walk on part in Doc Marten, and a private tour of Highgrove Gardens.