Laying down on the job recently at Trevose Head. After ripping out more ‘past it’s prime’ fencing, we spent our lunch break grey seal spotting in the big swell.
We’re looking for Catering Assistants for our Boscastle cafe for the 2017 summer season, and beyond…
With your love of working with people, positive attitude and desire to provide an excellent service, you’ll welcome and look after every customer who visits our catering outlet, in this predominately front of house role. Using your excellent attention to detail, you’ll ensure all signage is displayed correctly and the food served looks delicious.
As a key member of our busy catering team, you may also be required to help prepare some of our food in the kitchen. In whatever role you are fulfilling within your catering outlet, the National Trust values will always be at the forefront of your mind, and you’ll be proud to share our good work with our customers, and look to maximise sales so that the profit can be reinvested back into our conservation work.
Working as part of our team, you will enjoy being paid to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the country and will be part of preserving the future of this stunning county.
This role is based at Boscastle harbourside café at the heart of the harbour.
To find out more information about this job opportunity and to apply, please visit our recruitment page at > NTjobs <
Many of you will have been following the fundraising campaign that was set up to help purchase Trevose Head, a very prominent coastal headland in north Cornwall. The purchase is now complete and in the late summer Trevose officially passed into our ownership and will now be protected for ever.
The next steps for us is to focus on creating habitats for nature that are bigger, better and more joined up, and Trevose Head sits in an ideal position to fulfil this potential. We are also removing the multitude of signs that warn of car parking restrictions now that National Trust members have free parking which is included in the membership price, as well as the signs that warn you not to cross any fields! As these go we’ll be busily planning new signs giving information about the area. There are old farm buildings to consider, repair of existing paths, planning improved access and creating a warm welcome. We also need to think about how we will manage car parking, and also consider how we manage the ragwort! We are going to have a busy time ahead!
The impact of our fundraising and publicity has been amazing, helped along by fantastic media coverage in local and national press. The Trevose page on the National Trust website has had 10,000 views to date and our Crowdfunder video had a total of 24,000 views with 3178 people that looked at the Crowdfunder page. From the foundation of two substantial legacies from Mr Scholes and Mr and Mrs Harris, who left money in their wills, since July we have raised a staggering £265,000 including gift aid, exceeding our target of £250,000. Donations are still coming in, including a gift from local celebrity Rick Stein who has a strong personal connection to Trevose. We also had some awesome support from West Dorset Ranger, Rowan Thompson who made a sterling effort to swim around Brownsea Island raising £500 towards the campaign. Well done and thank you Rowan!
A big thank you to everyone that has got behind and supported the campaign so far and if you haven’t visited Trevose already you’re welcome to do so. You can then see first-hand how Trevose will get even better over time.
We have just advertised for a new volunteer role on the National Trust MyVolunteering website.
The new role is Volunteer Footpath Ranger for North Cornwall (specifically the coast between Tintagel and Holywell. “And what does this involve?” I hear you say.
Well… here in the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team, we look after over 50 miles of public rights of way and 6 miles of permissive footpaths. With the recent acquisition of Trevose Head, the mileage of footpath that we care for has shot up again!
All of these footpaths take a great deal of looking after, especially through the winter with extra helpings of wind and rain.
With this in mind, we are offering people the opportunity to get involved with making sure these walking routes remain in top condition, by adopting a section of footpath, and helping us look after it.
In this case though, adoption is more hands on. We’re asking for volunteers to carry out regular (every month or two) checks, reporting any problems, clearing out some drains and chopping the odd bramble. What could be better, a valid reason to get out and walk the coast path every month and at the same time you’re doing your bit to look after this valuable resource for everyone.
It could be your favorite stretch of coast path or just a length of footpath close to where you live. We’ll kit you out with a spade and secateurs, give you all the training you might need and set you off.
We’re hoping to build a team of Volunteer Footpath rangers, so there will be the opportunity to meet other people but also it will be possible to volunteer when you want and for as long as you want.
- Some free time (not after dark!)
- Your own transport to get you to your footpath.
- Fit enough to walk a stretch of footpath and do minor maintenance (no experience nessecary though)
- Willing to commit to a monthly (or every other month) patrol for a minimum of a year. This is the ideal time commitment, although there is no obligation.
- Live within 20 miles of the stretch of footpath you would like to look after.
- Enthusiasm, willingness to get stuck in
- Desire to volunteer for a charity
- Happy to work by yourself or enlist the company of a friend!
- Volunteering for a good cause
- Helping others enjoy the footpaths
- Training and learning new skills
- Reimbursement of travel expenses.
- Improving your fitness
- Getting out in the fresh air and sea breezes
- Meeting new people
Footpaths up for adoption
National Trust land in North Cornwall can often be grouped into clusters. In each of the following areas, there will be sections of footpath up for adoption. If you live nearby or have a particular area you love walking in, let us know.
- Trebarwith Strand
- Tregardock and Dannonchapel
- Pentire Head to Port Quin
- Trevose Head
- Porthcothan and Park Head
- Holywell, Polly Joke, Crantock
Get in touch
If the idea of becoming a Volunteer Footpath Ranger and adopting a footpath intrigues and you want to find out more, please get in touch with Tom Sparkes by calling 01208 863821 or emailing email@example.com
Our volunteer group were able to practice traditional skills and use rarely seen tools earlier this month. A section of hedge separating the two orchards at Stowe Barton was in need of laying, and as the saying goes: many hands make light work. Hedge laying is a traditional method of creating a stock proof boundary, with various styles being prominent in different parts of the country. The skill has declined since the introduction of stock netting, and most modern hedges are now mechanically flailed. The orchard hedge cannot be flailed, so by tending it manually we’re both keeping the skill alive by teaching others, as well as improving the hedge’s nature value.
On the day we introduced the group to the billhook: the traditional tool of hedge laying. As with the hedges themselves, billhooks also have regional differences: ranging from the simple, single curved edge Southern counties billhook; to the large, double edged, axe-looking Yorkshire style.
Before anything can be laid, the hedge first has to be prepped. This stage can be quite head-scratching as you have to decide what to get rid of: whether it is too small, sticking out at the wrong angle, or damaged and unable to lay; and how you are going to fill any gaps in the hedge.
Once the prepping has been done, the hard work can begin! In order to lay a pleacher (as the stems when laid are known), you make an angled cut, thinning out the stem. Care has to be taken not to cut too shallow as there is the risk of snapping when attempting to bend the stem over. Conversely, if you cut too deeply, you risk damaging the cambium layer of the stem (the part that actively undergoes growth and repair).
After a brief hesitation from being handed an unusual tool and having to be precise with cuts, our volunteers attacked the hedge with gusto. Working in pairs in sections on both sides of the hedge, stems rapidly started to be laid and the hedge started to take shape.
Despite being in Cornwall, we were laying the hedge in the Devon style: pleachers laid in two, near horizontal, parallel lines on top of an earth bank.
Once a few pleachers have been laid, it’s time to pin them down. To do this, any removed stems that have a fork in them are turned upside down, and cut to form a crook. These are then hammered in place which prevents the newly laid pleachers from moving which would risk damaging the weak connection.
By the end of the day, our volunteers were well acquainted with both tool and task, having covered approximately 100 metres of hedge. And, as you can see below, the hedge finished looking a lot tidier than when we started!
There was enough hedge left over that we were able to invite a work group from the Real Ideas Organisation to help finish it off; giving the young unemployed some new skills and a taste of what it’s like to be a Ranger. We are ever grateful to everyone that took the time to come out and join us in our work, and we hope that along with assisting us, they managed to take away some useful information and abilities.
Volunteer Ranger for Boscastle to Morwenstow
If you happened to be around Maer Cliff near Bude earlier this month you may have seen rangers from across Cornwall and our community volunteers getting to grips with some traditional skills. Dry-stone walling, particularly in the style of Cornish hedging, is an important cultural aspect of the county; I’d say it’s impossible to travel a stretch of road and not come across several examples of it along the roadside! They also have the practical application of preventing livestock from escaping the fields along with also being a haven for wildlife.
Cornish hedging involves the careful stacking of stones, layer upon layer (known as courses) trying to get as much contact to each other as possible as it is friction that holds the wall together, then being backfilled with consolidated earth. A key feature is the batter, or curve, of the wall; being wider at the base and tapering towards the top. This is important as when the earth in the centre settles, the walls will begin to bow outwards which has the effect of interlocking the stones more tightly. Should the wall be built without the batter, it runs the risk that sections will bulge outwards, looking both unattractive and also at risk of collapse. The batter is also a method of stopping livestock climbing out, as the surface is too sheer for them to traverse.
Up on Maer, there are a series of Cornish hedges dating back to the medieval period. Now a key part of the landscape, sections of them have fallen into disrepair requiring the rangers to come along and fix it. Last year the repair started at the end of one wall which had almost completely gone. Thanks to both the rangers and our volunteers, the end of the wall was repaired!
The wall then sat unattended until earlier this month when our very own Ranger Basil organised a walling workshop; inviting both full time volunteers and rangers from across Cornwall to develop their skills in this craft. Like the section above, the wall was little more than an earth bank when we arrived, however a quick bout with a digger left it ready to be built up. Hedges across the county vary in both style and stone type. Historically this was due to what was available nearby at the time, and as Cornwall’s geology changes and you move either up or down the county. Because of this we endeavoured to source local stone so our wall would match the location it is in.
The rangers then arrived later in the week and after a brief talk about the history and theory behind Cornish hedging by Ranger Basil, we were let loose to start building. The first task was to set our grounders: large stones set below ground level, angled down to serve both as a solid foundation but also to begin the batter as mentioned above. Soil was placed behind the grounders and tamped solid until level with the height of the stones. This ensures the stones are firmly in place along with providing a bit of footing for the next layer of stones. At this point the next course could be added. Here we attempted to follow a similar method as to what can be seen in modern brick-laying: staggering each layer so that the joints where two stones meet are covered above by a single stone. This removes the risk of running joints up the wall which are a structural weakness.
Course after course we continued in this fashion. Occasionally we were stumped in trying to find just the right stone to fit what could be some pretty awkward gaps. Nevertheless the wall continued to rise in height until the time came to call it a day. At this point the visiting rangers left, having done a wonderful job, and handed the baton on to our volunteer group to continue the work.
Our volunteers then arrived later in the week and, having been given a similar talk about the history and theory on hedging, set about the task with gusto. Having a section already started, they were able to add course after course; the wall jumping up in height.
Once at the desired height, a course of smaller stones were added as a capping layer occasionally called Jack-and-Jills. After this the final round of tamping earth began, piling up the earth to get an added bit of height, before then being topped with turf.
After a couple of weeks of organising the workshop; inviting people down; preparing the wall; sourcing stone; and two days of construction, the wall was completed. We’d like to thank everyone who joined us in helping repair this section of wall: from all the rangers coming from far-flung regions of Cornwall to our dedicated volunteer group, you’ll be able to come back in years to come and see the results of your handiwork!
Volunteer Ranger Boscastle to Morwenstow
Over 130 people were involved with Lundy Bay BioBlitz at the beginning of July. There were 19 wildlife sessions to get involved in over the 24 hour wildlife finding and recording event, with a little time set aside for eating, and a couple of hours sleep!
Now we have collated all the records of the species found and counted them….660 different species! Fantastic wildlife hunting by everyone involved.
I am eternally grateful for all the help and support from everyone who came along to the BioBlitz, massive thanks.
Below is the list of species found, please excuse any spelling mistakes. If you were at the BioBlitz and think we have missed off one of the species you found, please do let me know. The photos are just a small selection of the fantastic photos taken at the event.
Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell
Great black-backed gull
Great northern diver
Great spotted woodpecker
Lesser black-backed gull
Common toad tadpoles
Angle shades Phlogophora meticulosa
Barred fruit-tree tortrix Pandemis cerasana
Barred red Hylaea fasciaria
Barred straw Eulithis pyraliata
Barred yellow Cidaria fulvata
Bee mimic hoverfly
Bittersweet smudge Acrolepia autumnitella
Black-headed dwarf Elachista atricomella
Bluebottle fly spp.
Bonking beetle / common red soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva
Bramble shoot moth Epiblema uddmanniana
Brassy mining bee Lasioglossum morio
Bright-line brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea
Bright neb Argolamprotes micella
Brimstone moth Opisthograptis luteolata
Broad centurian Chloromyia formosa
Broom moth Melanchra pisi
Brown-lipped / banded snail Cepaea nemorcelis
Brown silver-line Petrophora chlorosata
Brussels lace Cleorodes lichenaria
Buff arches Habrosyne pyritoides
Buff ermine Spilosoma luteum
Buff-tailed marble Hedya ochroleucana
Bumblebee hoverfly Volucella bombylans
Burnished brass Diachrysia chrysitis
Celery leaf beetle Phaedon tumidulus
Cellar snail Oxychilus cellarius
Chamomile shark Cucullia chamomillae
Cinerous pearl Opsibotys fuscalis
Clay Mythimna ferrago
Click beetle spp.
Cloud-bordered brindle Apamea crenata
Clouded border Lomaspilis marginata
Clouded brindle Apamea epomidion
Clouded silver Lomographa temerata
Common carder bee
Common carpet Eirrhoe alternata
Common emerald Hemithea aestivaria
Common footman Eilema lurideola
Common garden snail
Common marble Celypha lacunana
Common marbled carpet Chloroclysta truncata
Common rose bell Epiblema rosaecolana
Common rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg.
Common wainscot Mythimna pallens
Common wave Cabera exanthemata
Coronet Craniophora ligustri
Crab spider Misumena vatia
Crane fly spp.
Crawling beetles spp.
Crescent dart Agrotis trux
Dark arches Apamea monoglypha
Dark-fringed flat-body Agonopterix nervosa
Dark / grey dagger moth Acronicta psi
Diamond-back moth Plutella xylostella
Dingy footman Eilema griseola
Diving beetle spp.
Dot moth Melanchra persicariae
Double-striped pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Draparnaud’s glass snail Oxychilus draparnaudi
Drinker moth Euthrix potatoria
Dusky slug Arion subfuscus
Early bumblebee Bombus pratorum
Early thorn Selenia dentaria
Elephant hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata
Ermine knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella
European garden spider
Eyed hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata
Fan-foot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis
Five-spot burnet moth
Flame Axylia putris
Fork tailed flower bee Anthophora furcata
Fox moth Macrothylacia rubi
Furness dowd Blastobasis adustella
Garden snail / brown garden snail Cornu aspersum
Garden bumblebee Bombus hortorum
Garden grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden pebble Evergestis forficalis
Garlic snail Oxychilus alliarius
Glossy glass snail Oxychilus navarricus helveticus
Golden pigmy Stigmella aurella
Gorse tip moth Agonopterix nervosa
Grass emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata
Great green bush cricket
Green pug Pasiphila rectangulata
Grey arches Polia nebulosa
Grey gorse piercer Cydia ulicetana
Ground beetle spp.
Hairy / sloe shield bug
Harlequin / spotted longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata
Hawthorn slender Parornix anglicella
Heart & club Agrotis clavis
Heart & dart Agrotis exclamationis
Hoary belle Eucosma cana
Hoverfly spp. larvae
Ichneumon wasp spp.
Ingrailed clay Diarsia mendica
Jenkin’s spire snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum
July highflyer Hydriomena furcata
Knapweed conch Agapeta zoegana
Large fruit-tree tortrix Archips podana
Large yellow underwing Noctua pronuba
Least thorn pigmy Stigmella perpygmaeella
Lesser marsh grasshopper
Lilac beauty Apeira syringaria
Lime-speck pug moth Eupithecia centaureata
Little grey Dipleurina / Eudonia lacustrata
Marbled conch Eupoecilia angustana
Marbled coronet Hadena confusa
Marbled minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg.
Marbled orchard tortrix Hedya nubiferana
Marbled white spot Protodeltote pygarga
Marmalade hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus
Mayfly spp. larvae
Meadow case-bearer Coleophora mayrella
Meadow froghopper / meadow spittlebug / cuckoo spit insect Philaenus spumarius
Metellina spider spp.
Midge larvae spp.
Mining bee Andrena spp.
Mother of pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
Mottled beauty Alcis repandata
Mullein wave Scopula marginepunctata
Netted / grey field / grey garden slug Derocerus reticulatum
Nettle-tap moth Anthophila fabriciana
Olive pearl Udea olivalis
Orange crest Helcystogramma rufescens
Orange-legged furrow-bee Halictus rubicundus
Parasitic wasp spp. Gymnophora spp.
Pavement ant / turf ant Tetramorium caespitum
Peach blossom Thyatira batis
Pebble prominent Notodonta ziczac
Pellucid glass snail Vitrina pellucida
Peppered moth Biston betularia
Phantom crane fly larvae Ptychopteridae spp.
Pine carpet Thera firmata
Pinion-streaked snout Schrankia costaestrigalis
Pistol case-bearer Coleophora anatipennella
Plain golden Y Autographa jota
Pointed slender Parornix finitimella
Pond snail Lymnaeidae spp.
Poplar hawk-moth Laothoe populi
Pretty chalk carpet Melanthia procellata
Purple bar Cosmorhoe ocellata
Red-barred tortrix Ditula angustiorana
Red velvet mites
Riband wave Idaea aversata
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata
Royal mantle Catarhoe cuculata
Ruby tailed wasp spp.
Sallow pigmy Stigmella salicis
Sandy carpet Perizoma flavofasciata
Satin wave Idaea subsericeata
Scallop shell Rheumaptera undulata
Scalloped oak Crocallis elinguaria
Scarlet tiger Callimorpha dominula
Scrubland pigmy Stigmella plagicolella
Segmented worms Lumbriculus variegatus
Seraphim Lobophora halterata
Setaceous Hebrew character Xestia cnigrum
Sharp-angled peacock Macaria alternata
Shoulder-striped wainscot Mythimna comma
Silver Y Autographa gamma
Single-dotted wave Idaea dimidiata
Six-spot burnet moth
Sloe midget Phyllonorycter spinicolella
Small angle shades Euplexia lucipara
Small elephant hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus
Small fan-foot Herminia grisealis
Small fleck-winged snipefly Rhagio lineola
Small rivulet Perizoma alchemillata
Small seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata
Small square-spot Diarsia rubi
Smoky wainscot Mythimna impura
Smooth glass snail Aeyopinella nitidula
Snout Hypena proboscidalis
Soldier beetle spp.
Speckled bush cricket Leptophyes punctatissima
Spire snail Hydrobia ventrosa
Spotted magpie Phlyctaenia coronata
Staff beetle spp.
Straw conch Cochylimorpha straminea
Straw dot Rivula sericealis
Striped millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus
Swallow-tailed moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Swollen-thighed beetle Oedemera nobilis
Thistle ermine Myelois circumvoluta
Timothy grassbug Stenotus binotatus
True lover’s knot Lycophotia porphyrea
Two-toothed door snail Clausilia bidentata
Uncertain moth Hoplodrina alsines
V-pug Chloroclystis v-ata
Wandering pond snail Radix balthica
White ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda
White plume moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
White-point Mythimna albipuncta
White-tailed bumblebee Bombus lucorum
White-triangle slender Caloptilia stigmatella
Willow beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Woodlouse Proasellus meridianus
Wormwood pug Eupithecia absinthiata
Wrinkled snail Candidula intersecta
Yellow / golden dung fly
Yellow longhorn beetle
Yellow meadow ant
Yellow satin veneer / satin grass-veneer Crambus perlella
a barkfly Graphopsocus cruciatus
a barkfly Valenzuela flavidus
a centipede Cryptops hartensis
a centipede Lithobius microps
a centipede Strigmia maritima
a click beetle Aulagromyza hendeliana
a hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum
a millipede Leptoiulus Belgicus
a spider Misumena vatia
a true bug Acetropis gimmerthalii
a true bug Calocoris spp.
a woodlouse Porcellio scaber
Arion ater agg.
Black-footed limpet Patella depressa
Black-lined periwinkle Littorina saxatilis
Bladder wrack Fucus vesiculous
Blue mussel Mytilus edulis
Blue-rayed limpet Patella pellucida
Bootlace weed / mermaid’s tresses
Boring sponge spp.
Broad-clawed porcelain crab
Brown venus / smooth clam Callista chione
Bunny ears Lomentaria articulata
Bushy berry wrack
Celtic sea slug
China limpet Patella ulyssiponensis
Clawed fork weed
Cockle spp. Acanthocardia spp.
Common cockle Cerastoderma edule
Common limpet Patella vulgata
Common sea slater
Common / brown shrimp
Common / small spire snail Rissoa parva
Cushion star spp.
Cuvie / forest kelp Laminaria hyperborea
Discoid fork weed
Dulse Palmaria palmata
Egg / knotted wrack Ascophyllum nodosum
False Irish moss Mastocarpus stellatus
Fine-veined crinkle weed
Flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata
Flat top shell Gibbula umbilcalis
Green seaweed Chlorophyta spp.
Grey top shell Gibbula cineraria
Hairy sand weed
Irish moss Chondrus crispus
Light bulb tunicate
Otter shell spp. Lutraria spp.
Pheasant shell Tricolia pullus
Pink paint weed
Pod razor shell Ensis siliqua
Punctured ball weed / jelly buttons Leathesia difformis
Queen scallop Aequipecten opercularis
Rayed trough shell Mactra stultorum
Rough / black-lined periwinkle Littorina saxatilis
Saddle oyster Anomia ephippium
Sea horsetail/ sea mare’s-tail
Sea mat spp.
Sea scorpion Taurulus bubalis
Sea spider Achelia spp.
Small oyster Heteranomia squamula
Small periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides
Soft feather weed Plumaria plumosa
Springtails Anurida maritima
Springtails Collembola spp.
Star ascidian Botryllus schlosseri
Striped venus clam Chamelea gallina
Surf clam Spisula solida
Thick / toothed topshell Phorcus lineatus
Thick trough shell Spisula solida
Toothed crab Pirimela denticulata
Toothed topshell Phorcus lineatus
Velvet swimming crab
Wireweed Sargassum muticum
Wrinkled rock borer Hiatella arctica
Bramble spp. Pteridium spp.
False brome Brachypodium sylvaticum
Heather Calluna vulgaris
Lob scrob Lobaria scrobiculata
Lords-and-ladies / cuckoo pint
Shaggy strap lichen Ramalina farinacea
Slender mouse-tail moss
Southern marsh orchid
Trailing St John’s-wort Hypericum humifusum
Gall caused by mite Eriophyes spinosae