The illustrations and the text were first published in Wildlife Walkabouts: ‘The Lizard to Mid-Cornwall’, one of a series of five books of family friendly circular walks. These books were conceived, designed and published by my brother Ralph Sandoe under the Wayside Books imprint. There were 5 titles in the series all, sadly, no longer in print.


Keith Spurgin, lives in Cornwall and apart from his writing, is also a botanist and broadcaster.

Other books by Keith include:-

Stars in the Grass by Selina Bates and Keith Spurgin; the biography of Frederick Hamilton Davey (1863-1915), Cornish botanist, writer of the first Flora of Cornwall, 1909. Illustrated (b & w). £15.00 + p. & p. hdbk .

The Dust of Heroes by Selina Bates and Keith Spurgin; the biography of John Thomas Blight (1835-1911), Cornish artist and archaeologist, author of A Week at the Lizard, etc. Illustrated (colour/ b & w). £15 + p. & p. sftbk; £25 + p. & p. hdbk.

Orders to silene@talktalk.net


Mo Tingey who also built and maintains this website. Although I am a Londoner, I have spent many hours in Cornwall since I first visited there in my youth with my family and have many friends there. I have a great love of Cornwall’s landscape and wildlife. The paternal side of my family originated in and around Falmouth and were tin miners. They migrated to London in the 1850’s.

The copyright to the illustrations remains with me. If you would like to discuss using them or have any other comments, please contact me at:-



This site will be extended to include the walk maps. I am also working on including other aspects of my work such as painting and drawing, look in every so often or email me on the above link and I will give you a progress report!

Some of the topographical or wildlife references in this site might be out of date as the book was published in 1987.

I apologise that the quality of the colour illustration on this page and the one used for the Introduction page is not of the quality that I would wish. Sadly I am unable to find the originals and had to use a scan from a printer’s proof for the Introduction and scan direct from the book cover for the illustration used for this Epilogue.