Scrub season in North Cornwall. Only the bravest of the brave take on the thorns, brambles, smokey bonfires and often less than perfect weather in the name of conservation. They do it for the wildflowers. They do it for the insects and they definitely do it for the birds as well. A large amount of the National Trusts’ work that is done in North Cornwall, especially over winter revolves around returning clifftops dominated by gorse and blackthorn to their previous incarnation of maritime grassland. This habitat is richly diverse, with an array of wildflowers benefiting a host of insects which in turn allow for a wider variety of bird life. Without volunteers to help us, this conservation work would be a colossal task and so to our volunteers, we salute you!
On Wednesday 29 October on coastal slopes above Lundy Bay, we were joined by 3 families, our first Heroes of Scrub of the 2014/2015 season. Much scrub was cleared, and many marshmallows were toasted (safely over a bucket of ash!). If you would like to join us and also become a Hero of Scrub, check out our events pages or email me to find out more and you too could see your photo in this hall of fame!
Our Heroes of Scrub
These guys don’t mind finding gorse needles in their boots two days later. Get in touch and get involved!
North Cornwall Ranger (Holywell – Tintagel)