New season of recording & celebrating Tamar Valley’s historic daffodils

daffsThe first training event of the season was held recently at the Tamar Valley Centre, for the Heralds of Spring project, now entering its third season of recording and celebrating historic daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley landscape.

Twelve people attended the training to learn what to look for when surveying daffodils. A new phone app was also introduced to make surveying easier with more accurate results.

Rachael Forster from Tamar Grow Local, the organisation who delivered the training, explains more: “We hope the app will be able to speed up the surveying process, increase the accuracy of the results and also enable our eagle-eyed daffodil spotting volunteers to be able to capture interesting or old varieties when out and about in the Valley. We also hope the app will encourage more people to be involved in the project over the next few years”.

The next training event will be held at Weir Quay on Monday 18thMarch, 2-4pm. This session will enable surveyors to learn about the most common Tamar Valley varieties of daffodils and discover the subtle differences between them. This training builds on the previous sessions and provides further skills to existing surveyors.

Booking essential as places are limited – 01822 835030,

Lesley Strong, Project Officer for Tamar Valley AONB, says: “Heralds of Spring was initially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage programme and the Tamar Valley AONB, and delivered by Tamar Grow Local. We are delighted that Tamar TLC has agreed to support the project from this point on and enable further training and surveys to take place this year”.

More activities and events will take place over the next few months. Keep a close eye on Tamar Valley AONB’s social media and website –, or contact Charlotte Dancer to receive monthly ebulletins –, 01822 835030.

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