North Cornwall NT Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April (Easter weekend)

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The Old Post Office in Tintagel
Sponsored by Cadbury’s, a children’s trail with chocolate prize eggs. £2 per trail. Normal admission prices details on 01840 770024
Crantock
(parking charge applies for non members). SW 789 608. TR8 5RN
Crantock car park
11am – 3pm
£2 per trail

Join the National Trust and Cadbury for our fun Easter trail rewarded with a Cadbury chocolate Egghead. There will be an easy route for youngsters and a more challenging one for older chocolate lovers.

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Easter Beach Cleans…

Come and join us this Wednesday 16 April

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Holywell 10am – 12pm and Crantock 1pm – 3pm.

Bring the whole family along to one or both of these spectacular beaches to help make the beaches and our seas cleaner and safer for visitors, wildlife and marine life. Meet: 10am at Holywell car park (finish at 12pm), SW 767 587 TR8 5PF and / or 1pm at Crantock beach car park (finish at 3pm), SW 789 608 TR8 5RN
Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust

Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free.

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Coast path at Porth Mear reopens

Porth Mear valley

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Just a quick update to advise walkers that the County Council have now reinstated the footbridge on the Coast Path at Porth Mear, near Porthcothan. It was lost in the winter storms and there has been a diversion in place for a while. The bridge and path is now fully open once more. See post at:

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Coast-path-bridge-replaced-battering-storms/story-20932835-detail/story.html

Mike – Head Ranger

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More full time volunteer changes!

Here in the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team in North Cornwall we have some full time volunteer changes: Two months ago Phil joined the teamIMG_1717‘I joined the team in order to gain some practical conservation experience and live in a beautiful part of the south west. After graduating from Exeter University with a degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology I became a builder. Although I enjoyed the building I want to combine both areas of my life so far. So after four years working in all weathers I decided to become a ranger!! Since joining the team in February I have been busy clearing scrub, maintaining footpaths, rebuilding Cornish hedges and repairing bridges. I have been on a 4×4 off road driving course, a hedgelaying course and winter tree identification course and am soon to be brushcutter trained and ready for the season ahead. I am looking forward to an amazing and sunny summer (fingers crossed!) and look forward to getting out and about and explore the beautiful Cornish coastline.’ Phil.

Pete Smith who has been with us since July has gained some paid employment as a ranger. We wish him the very best and will miss his valuable contribution.

Pete SmithSo now we are advertising for a new full time (4 days a week) volunteer ranger. Accommodation, training and uniform provided. If you are interested please get in touch for a role description and an application form. The closing date is 28 April. Please email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk
or phone 01208 863821

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New FTV at Boscastle to Morwenstow

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Hello. I’m Darran, a new full-time volunteer working with the Boscastle to Morwenstow ranger team. I landed in Boscastle (where I’ll be living) a little under two weeks ago. Previously, I was down in Totnes getting my Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation with the Newton Abbot TCV group. And previous to that, I was working in oceanography at the Laboratory of Physical Oceanography at the University of Western Brittany (the LPO at UBO using the French initialisms). I’m here to gain experience working as a ranger as I navigate a mid-life career change. However that pans out, it’s great to have the opportunity to be working outdoors along this fantastic stretch of coastline.

My major hobby is birding and I’m very excited to have Boscastle and its environs as my new local patch. The highlights so far have been fantastic views of peregrines at Western Blackapit and Pentargon, a pair of kestrels showing superbly at Pentargon, and a raven’s nest at Grower Cut. Also great to see fulmars nesting (or preparing to nest) at Eastern Blackapit, razorbills on the Meachard, and swallows and sand martins flying over the cliffs bound for their summer homes somewhere in England. Yet to see any hirundine activity at Stowe Barton Farm though. Any bird news for the North Cornwall coast will be warmly received (puffin or chough sightings anyone?).

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Peregrine at Western Blackapit

Contact me at: darran.furnival@nationaltrust.org.uk

Cheers! – Darran.

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A day in the dunes

An event report from Cornwall Orienteering Club

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Speeding through the sand

Seventy competitors from across Devon and Cornwall traveled to the National Trust’s Polly Joke near Cubert on Sunday 23 March. They had come to take part in Cornwall Orienteering Club’s latest Winter League event. Orienteering is navigating in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and deciding the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

Orienteering truly is a sport for all ages and abilities. Seven different courses of varying length and difficulty were on offer to challenge the competitors who ranged from 5 to 75 years old! The courses which ranged from 1 mile long and entirely on path to 7 miles long and fully cross country in the dunes and clifftop terrain challenged competitor’s navigational and running ability.

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Cornwall Orienteering Club Vice Chair Will Hancock commented, “We are hugely indebted to the National Trust for permitting us to use such a stunning area for Orienteering. All competitors had a great day at the seaside, even those who had a “headless chicken” experience in the sandunes!” The Club is always keen to welcome newcomers to its events which take place across Cornwall, and take in several other National Trust areas including Lanhydrock and Trelissick.

For further details see the club’s website http://www.cornwallorienteering.org.uk. The club is planning a special Summer Series of events aimed at newcomers between May and September. So get active and try something new in the summer Sun (hopefully)!

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Building bridges

One of the casulaties of the winter storms was a wooden footbridge on the coast path at Baby Bay, New Polzeath. The entire structure was uprooted by the storm surge and rendered beyond repair. So a new bridge has been constructed and we are pleased to say that this has now been installed. Like the first bridge it has been made out of green oak and the heavy timbers should last many a year. The individual pieces were manoeuvred into position by hand and the bridge was constructed on site with the help of our volunteer rangers.
Also helping was Ben Spicer from Cornish Rock Tors which is our local ‘ambassador’ business offering kayaking, coasteering and climbing activities to our visitors. The Trust has been working with Ben for over a year now, and following the storms this winter he was keen to help ‘put something back’ repairing a part of the coast where he lives and works. It also takes the partnership with National Trust a step further with Cornish Rock Tors being able to get involved with a hands on project on the local property.
We are also very grateful for a donation from a private sponsor which covered the cost of the replacement.
Mike – Head Ranger

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Giant Steps

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Local legend tells of the giant Bedruthan who used some rocky stacks as stepping stones for a shortcut across the beach. True tale or Victorian invention, we’ll be needing some legendary helpers to repair our stone pitched steps on the South West Coast Path. Join us for a day on Saturday 5th April replacing some of the stone with oak and get that feel good factor knowing that thousands of visitors will be appreciating your handy work. No experience necessary. Meet: Carnewas car park, SW 850 690 PL27 7UW Free parking for all helpers for the day.

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Further details please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Boscastle Harbour spring clean

Tuesday 1st April

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We will be tidying up Boscastle harbour ready for Easter. Some work may be in the river so don’t forget your wellies! Meet in overflow car park Boscastle, (GR: SX100 913)

Day starts at 10am and finishes 4pm (or earlier to suit)
All tools and tuition provided
Please bring clothes that can get muddy, stout footwear and food and drink
If event changes or is cancelled due to weather, we will endeavour to let everyone know. However feel free to get in touch to check beforehand!

Any questions: 01288 331372 or jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Weather watching

Sunshine and showers sweeping Port Isaac Bay today.

Sunshine and showers sweeping Port Isaac Bay today.

Not a bad spot to spend a day removing old fencing and repairing old hedging. Dannonchapel farm looking south west to Port Isaac.

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