Geology Rocks! Tintagel:
Despite the forecast of ‘Wintry showers’ we had 23 people turned up to rock Tintagel! Jane Anderson led the geology walk on the cliffs of Tintagel where we learnt about Devonian and Carboniferous rocks, lava bombs and the Barras nose formation. After filling our heads with all things geology we had a well deserved cup of hot chocolate in a nice warm café. Thanks to Jane and all who came along, maybe next time we’ll remember to book better weather!
Strandings, swailing and escape artists.
During the winter we have been very busy with all sorts of jobs, here are some of the highlights and lowlights…
Despite the stormy weather we managed to find a window (be it very small) in which to do some swailing.
Swailing is a form of controlled burning where we burn areas of gorse without cutting it. We made the most of the good weather and went out on a clear day in January. We burnt several patches of gorse to create a habitat consisting of different ages which benefits more species of plant and animal.
As part of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine strandings network, I have had several washed up marine mammals to record this winter. Winter storms mean that we get more animals getting washed up on our beaches, and is a busy time for volunteers. Since December I have had one large male seal, one seal pup and a harbour porpoise washed up, and with help from NT volunteers, usually in adverse weather conditions, we have recorded the species, size, sex and any markings on the animals which may have caused its death. The results are sent off to the marine strandings network, who log all the data.
If you find a dead stranded marine animal call the hotline on 0845 201 2626 OR find out more at: http://www.cwtstrandings.org
Our cheeky Dartmoor ponies have been keeping us on our toes again! One weekend in January they managed to escape through a gate at Epphaven. The gate had been closed however the pesky ponies aren’t stupid and managed to undo the latch (Which has since been fortified!) they made it onto a local farm where we rescued them and lured them back with a bucket and some sheep nuts!! Thanks to all who helped in the rescue mission, and please remember to take notice of signs and close gates next time you are in the countryside!!!
words and photos c/o
North Cornwall NT Ranger – Jen