Harbour Water sports day

A glorious afternoon greeted over 50 people at Boscastle Harbour who had a go at snorkelling, paddling a canoe or rowing a gig boat. 

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Under the careful eye of Bude Dive Club, Bude Canoe Club and Boscastle and Crackington Haven Gig club people were encouraged to try their skills in and around the harbour. 

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Among the highlights were snorkellers spotting wrasse, eel and lots of small fish, canoeists having a go at ‘rolling’ the canoe, and gig rowers majestically turning the gig around before heading out to sea.

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Going batty and rock pool crazy

The Tintagel to Holywell ranger team had a busy August going batty and rock pool crazy with over 200 members of the public over five events.

Only one Bat Night and BBQ had to be postponed for a day due to the wrong sort of weather, otherwise all three bat nights went well. After everyone had enjoyed the BBQ and learnt numerous fascinating facts about bats, they walked up to the coast path to see wonderful sunsets and greater horseshoe bats emerging from their roost at dusk and listen to them echolocating with the aid of some bat detectors. Common pipistrelles were also seen and heard foraging in the area.

The first of the two rock pool rambles was rather a wet one, and not because rock pools are wet, but because the heavens opened as soon as we started to explore the rocky shore! Quite a few people didn’t last long but those that stuck it out were rewarded with finding and learning about lots of amazing sea creatures and with some sunshine towards the end! The 51 people who attended the second rock pool ramble we led in conjunction with Polzeath Marine Conservation Group, were basking in glorious sunshine throughout. Lots of different fish, crabs, anemones, sea slugs, worms, topshells, limpets, barnacles and so much more were discovered and everyone was told a bit more about the creatures they found so they have a better understanding of the way they live and feed.

If you missed out this year, come along to one of our Bat Night and BBQs or Rock Pool Rambles next year. Our events are advertised on this blog, our website and other social media, our Discover North Cornwall leaflet and posters so you should easily be able to find out more details early next year!

Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell

 

 

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On the Homefront

The Homefront, WW1, 8-28 September. An exhibition at the Old Post Office in Tintagel…..

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It’s been a busy few weeks of putting together the finishing touches for the exhibition on ‘The Homefront’, during the First World War. Come along and examine what life was like in Tintagel during the war years, 1914-1918, the stories of those who served the war effort from North Cornwall and how the village has changed since 100 years have passed.

With regards to the latter, what is evident is the growing number of visitors that a developing transport system has enabled – in many early photos people can be seen stood in the street with children often playing safely in what is now the road. In taking the ‘before and after’ photos, it became apparent that the original photographers were able to set-up on what is now a mini-roundabout, and as such these shots were particularly difficult to replicate!IMG_6764

What hasn’t changed, however, is the existence of some very old buildings, the Old Post Office amongst them, and even though time has now moved on in some areas, a nod to a previous use can be seen in places.

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(one more) Summer run at Polzeath

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With requests for an extra event in the Polzeath Summer Trail Series, we have put our heads together with Bodmin Road Runners and come up with Tuesday 2 September at 7pm. If you’re interested in running with us please get in touch to book and find out further details. Call us on 01208 863821 or email phillip.butcher@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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The Cruel & Curious Sea II

The Cruel & Curious Sea II

26th & 27th September 2014

5:30pm – 9:30pm
Stowe Barton, Cornwall, EX23 9JW

In association with:
Finisterre | Harbour Brewing Co | Dan Fear design

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Hickory Nines and the National Trust once again host this popular art & photography spectacle that has a disquieting twist…

The Cruel & Curious Sea exhibition returns on the 26th & 27th of September, to the atmospheric 18th century stone barns of Stowe Barton, high above the rocky foreshores of Duckpool beach in North Cornwall, home to a plethora of myths and legends of wreckers, mermaids, lost sailors and lost souls…

Timed to coincide with the fading light over these two evenings on the last weekend of September, the show will once again feature a carefully picked selection of artists – some new, some returning – and all subjectively embracing the theme of the oft neglected realism of a life lived by & upon the tempestuous Atlantic.

As well as new artists and new areas, this year also sees the introduction of a Rum & Ale bar, ‘Bean Surfing’ coffee and fresh Seafood Chowder to warm the cockles of visiting folk.

The inaugural event in 2013 was a huge success, and reached capacity on both evenings. This year the opening times have been slightly extended to accommodate.

Once more the show aims to be an antidote to the over-saturated, frivolous seaside vistas found in postcards and paintings throughout our coastal communities; to provide a small but fitting tribute to the myth, murk and mystery, the long & tall tales, and the contemporary curios of this wild, ever-present and ever-precarious ocean.
Artists exhibiting include:

Andrew Wightman

Dan Fear

Daniel Scott

Danni Bradford

Golden Bear

Hana Backland

Hannah Wheeler

Ig Wilkinson

Jago

Jeff Sacree

Karl Mackie

Lee Robertson

Lisa Reading

Martin Dorey

Neil Stewart

Nicole Heidaripour

Paul Broomfield

Rachael Jenkins

Rich McGonigal

Robbie Jones

Roo Sheppard

Sue Read

& more.

26th & 27th September 2014 | 5:30pm – 9:30pm FREE ENTRY (donations appreciated)

Stowe Barton, Nr Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9JW hickorynines.com/cruelandcurious http://on.fb.me/1sN7feO cai@hickorynines.com

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Boscastle flood – ‘before and after’

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The Boscastle flood – ten years on

It’s ten years since the Boscastle flood ~ this Saturday 16th ~ to mark it, here’s a video from The National Trust about how the village has recovered in that time…

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Extra September date added to Polzeath Summer Trail Series

With requests for an extra event in the Polzeath Summer Trail Series, we have put our heads together with Bodmin Road Runners and come up with Tuesday 2 September at 7pm. If you’re interested in running with us please get in touch to book and find out further details. Call us on 01208 863821 or email phillip.butcher@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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Footpath transformation

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With great relief and no small amount of sweating in the recent heat, the steps on the footpath heading from Lundy Bay towards the Bee Centre at Porteath have been completed! This footpath has always been quite steep and over the winter became quite slippery and tricky to use. So we have carved a new line into the hill, hopefully making it easier on the eye as well as knees and hips! We have spent three days preparing the new path, leveling out a new surface and then constructing steps on the steeper sections.

The National Trust rangers with the able bodied assistance of volunteers Roger and Karen rounded up our work last Wednesday, 6 August. We dug out the last few steps and even installed a few personalized and very unique steps on the way, to show our appreciation to our two stalwart volunteers. The new path should hopefully be an improvement that all visitors to Lundy Bay and Porteath can enjoy.

A big thank you again for all the help

Tom

North Cornwall Ranger

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Ger

Ger is one of our Full Time Volunteer rangers in North Cornwall, living out of Pentireglaze near Polzeath. Joining us from Killarney in the south west of the Emerald Isle, he will be working with us for a fair few months with the idea to pick up some skills and experience, making him a prime candidate to step into a job in conservation. He studied Ecology at University College Cork, loves a bit of hill walking, writing and even tried his hand at surfing recently with Crantock Bay Surf School. Its good to have him in the team, and its great to have another accent in the mix!

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As Ger would say, ‘be good now’!

Tom

North Cornwall Ranger

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