What’s in store in 2019?

I’ve just uploaded some of the events and ranger days (volunteer days) that the Tintagel to Holywell Ranger team are leading or involved with in 2019.

There’s scrub bashing, Cornish hedging, bat nights, beach cleans, star gazing and bird box making amongst them. Hopefully there is something to suit everyone. Most of the events are family friendly. Take a look to see what’s on offer and get the dates in your diaries!

More will be added soon so keep checking back.

Sarah, Tintagel to Holywell Ranger

What do rangers do on their days off?

Spend time outdoors of course!

One of the reasons rangers are rangers is because we love being outdoors.

The National Trust was lucky enough to take ownership of Trevose Head near Padstow last September. Every time I have been there since and walked passed Mother Ivey’s Bay I have been telling myself that I must get down to the beach there at low tide to explore. So that’s exactly what I did the other day on a day off, and here’s some photos and videos of what I found:

Camouflaged limpets

Can you see the two limpets? (They’re covered in barnacles).

Celtic sea slug cuddle

Is this how Celtic sea slugs cuddle?

Dog whelk diner

Dog whelk diner. On today’s menu – mussels.

Dog whelks have been here

This is how mussels look after dog whelks have eaten the insides. The dog whelk makes the very neat hole in the mussel shell to access the flesh inside.

Dog whelks of various colours

Dog whelks come in a variety of colours.

Leave only footprints

Leave only footprints. You can see where the limpets have been moving around on the rock.

There's a limpet under there

Dressed limpet – seaweed and barnacles to disguise it, but weighty?

Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell

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Marine Discovery Day 2017

Thursday 1 June saw Polzeath beach occupied by more than just holiday makers enjoying the half-term sunshine; several marquees dotted the beach for the annual Marine Discovery Day. This day seeks to inform and educate the public about the sea which is so much a part of life down here on the Cornish coast. Along with the National Trust, other groups included Surfers Against Sewage, Your Shore Beach Rangers, Fathoms Free, Cornwall Seal Group and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group among others.

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In the Trust stall we had a few activities, including our ever popular wildlife quiz, where both children and adults had two minutes to test their knowledge on coastal plants and animals. It’s always fascinating to see the range of knowledge among people (with the children often outperforming the adults!) but everyone left knowing a little more than before they started.

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Another popular activity was the driftwood art in which children of all ages were able to paint and glue what they wished onto a driftwood board, tied with some washed-up beach rope so they can display it proudly at home. This proved so popular that by midday we had run out of boards and were forced to move onto driftwood sticks, which also proved popular, while a colleague quickly ran back to the office to gather up some more boards!


However, the highlight of the day was the sand sculpture competition. Although supposed to start at 1pm, people were so eager that we allowed them to start early. What is so amazing about this event is the level of creativity and passion everyone brings to it. While walking round you overheard some of the proposed plans and ideas people had as a sculpture idea, and couldn’t help but think some of them were too ambitious. But coming back a little while later it was clear to see that people were attempting and succeeding in bringing their creations to life.

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Next came what had to be the most difficult part of the day: judging. Bringing together a couple of people from the other stalls, it was up to us to whittle down and sort the entries into a first, second and third; not an easy task with the high standard of sculptures! The judges pondered and deliberated but after a tense discussion, we had made our decision. And so here are the winning entries.

3rd: Moana.  Chosen not only for the intricacy and level of detail in the sculpture, but also for the message of female empowerment and ocean conservation it brings.

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2nd: Giant shore crab. Chosen for the sheer scale of the piece. As can be seen in the photo, the sculpture was an impressively sized piece, and the level of effort that went into creating it impressed the judges.

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1st: Seal rock. Although not as grand in scale as the previous entry; the design of the piece, incorporating multiple seals, stood out from the other entries. What really secured this piece in first place was the moving story from the young girl who created it. She was absolutely taken with seals, having a room full of cuddly seals back home. Earlier in the week she had gone out on a boat trip and saw seals on an island, so when it came to creating a sculpture she knew exactly what she was going to make. This passion for wildlife, particularly coastal species, is exactly what the spirit of Marine Discovery Day is all about, and resonated with all the judges present, making it the winning entry.

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Unfortunately not everyone can be a winner, but the judges were impressed by all the entries and so below you’ll find a couple of honourable mentions.

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And so we are finished for another year. Hopefully we can make next years’ event bigger and better and we look forward to seeing what new sculptures will grace the beach! We hope everyone this year had as much fun as we did!


Gareth Juleff

Assistant Ranger

Tintagel to Holywell

Lundy Bay BioBlitz – the results are in!

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

Arctic skua
Barn owl
Blue tit
Carrion crow
Common swift
Cory’s shearwater
Feral pigeon
Great black-backed gull
Great northern diver
Great spotted woodpecker
Great skua
Great tit
Herring gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Manx shearwater
Rock pipit
Sandwich tern
Song thrush
Tawny owl
Willow warbler
Bank vole
Common pipistrelle
Common shrew
Greater horseshoe
Natterer’s bat
Noctule bat
Red fox
Roe deer
Wood mouse
Common toad
Common toad tadpoles
Common lizard
Palmate newt
7-spot ladybird
24-spot ladybird
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 ant
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 bumblebee
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 earwig
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 wasp
Common wave Cabera exanthemata
Coronet Craniophora ligustri
Crab spider Misumena vatia
Crane fly spp.
Crawling beetles spp.
Crescent dart Agrotis trux
Cucumber spider
Daddy-long-legs spiders
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.
Dock bug
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
Field grasshopper
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
Golden-ringed dragonfly
Gorse shieldbug
Gorse tip moth Agonopterix nervosa
Grass emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata
Grasshopper spp.
Great green bush cricket
Green pug Pasiphila rectangulata
Green shieldbug
Green-veined white
Grey arches Polia nebulosa
Grey gorse piercer Cydia ulicetana
Ground beetle spp.
Hairy / sloe shield bug
Harlequin / spotted longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata
Harvestman spp.
Hawthorn slender Parornix anglicella
Heart & club Agrotis clavis
Heart & dart Agrotis exclamationis
Hedgehog slug
Hoary belle Eucosma cana
Honey bee
Hoverfly spp. larvae
Ichneumon wasp spp.
Ingrailed clay Diarsia mendica
Jenkin’s spire snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum
July highflyer Hydriomena furcata
Knapweed conch Agapeta zoegana
Knot grass
Labyrinth spider
Lackey moth
Large fruit-tree tortrix Archips podana
Large skipper
Large white
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 brown
Meadow case-bearer Coleophora mayrella
Meadow grasshopper
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 admiral
Red-barred tortrix Ditula angustiorana
Red-tailed bumblebee
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 copper
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 skipper
Small square-spot Diarsia rubi
Small white
Smoky wainscot Mythimna impura
Smooth glass snail Aeyopinella nitidula
Snout Hypena proboscidalis
Soldier beetle spp.
Speckled bush cricket Leptophyes punctatissima
Speckled wood
Spire snail Hydrobia ventrosa
Spotted magpie Phlyctaenia coronata
Staff beetle spp.
Straw conch Cochylimorpha straminea
Straw dot Rivula sericealis
Striped millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus
Sulphur beetle
Swallow-tailed moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Swollen-thighed beetle Oedemera nobilis
Thistle ermine Myelois circumvoluta
Thrift clearwing
Timothy grassbug Stenotus binotatus
Tree bumblebee
Tree snail
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
Wasp beetle
Waterlouse spp.
Weeval spp.
White ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda
White-lipped snail
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
Acetropis gimmerthalii
Amblyteles spp.
Anaspis pulicaria
Andrena spp.
Aphrophora alni
Arion ater agg.
Athous vittatus
Aulagromyza hendeliana
Calliphora vomitoria
Calocoris norvegicus
Cheilosia illustrata
Colletes similis
Crossocerus spp.
Dromius linearis
Ectemnius spp.
Eristalis nemorum
Eristalis pertinax
Eristalis tenax
Eupeodes corolae
Lagria hirta
Lasioglossum albipes
Lasioglossum spp.
Lygocoris spp.
Melanstoma scalare
Neliocarus nebulosus
Paederus spp.
Panurgus banksianus
Tetragnatha spp.
Tenthredo spp.
Urophora jaceana
Xanthogramma pedissequum
Acorn barnacle
Beadlet anemone
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.
Breadcrumb sponge
Broad-clawed porcelain crab
Brown venus / smooth clam Callista chione
Bunny ears Lomentaria articulata
Bushy berry wrack
Celtic sea slug
Channelled wrack
China limpet Patella ulyssiponensis
Chiton spp.
Clawed fork weed
Cockle spp. Acanthocardia spp.
Cock’s comb
Common cockle Cerastoderma edule
Common limpet Patella vulgata
Common periwinkle
Common prawn
Common sea slater
Common / brown shrimp
Common / small spire snail Rissoa parva
Copepod spp.
Cushion star spp.
Cuvie / forest kelp Laminaria hyperborea
Dahlia anemone
Daisy anemone
Discoid fork weed
Dog whelk
Dolphin spp.
Dulse Palmaria palmata
Edible crab
Egg / knotted wrack Ascophyllum nodosum
European lobster
False Irish moss Mastocarpus stellatus
Fine-veined crinkle weed
Flat periwinkle Littorina obtusata
Flat top shell Gibbula umbilcalis
Gem anemone
Gnathia spp.
Greenleaf worm
Green seaweed Chlorophyta spp.
Grey seal
Grey top shell Gibbula cineraria
Hairy sand weed
Harbour porpoise
Hydroid spp.
Irish moss Chondrus crispus
Keel worm
Kelp spp.
Laver spp.
Leopard-spotted goby
Light bulb tunicate
Montagu’s blenny
Moon jellyfish
Orange sponge
Otter shell spp. Lutraria spp.
Oyster thief
Pepper dulse
Pheasant shell Tricolia pullus
Pink paint weed
Pod razor shell Ensis siliqua
Punctured ball weed / jelly buttons Leathesia difformis
Purse sponge
Queen scallop Aequipecten opercularis
Rayed trough shell Mactra stultorum
Red rags
Rock shrimp
Rough / black-lined periwinkle Littorina saxatilis
Saddle oyster Anomia ephippium
Sand binder
Sand eel
Sand hopper
Sea beech
Sea hare
Sea horsetail/ sea mare’s-tail
Sea lettuce
Sea mat spp.
Sea noodle
Sea oak
Sea scorpion Taurulus bubalis
Sea spider Achelia spp.
Serrated/toothed wrack
Shore crab
Shore rockling
Small oyster Heteranomia squamula
Small periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides
Snakelocks anemone
Soft feather weed Plumaria plumosa
Spider crab
Spiny starfish
Spiral wrack
Springtails Anurida maritima
Springtails Collembola spp.
Squat lobster
Star ascidian Botryllus schlosseri
Strawberry anemone
Striped venus clam Chamelea gallina
Surf clam Spisula solida
Thick / toothed topshell Phorcus lineatus
Thick trough shell Spisula solida
Tompot blenny
Toothed crab Pirimela denticulata
Toothed topshell Phorcus lineatus
Velvet swimming crab
Volcano barnacle
Wireweed Sargassum muticum
Wrinkled rock borer Hiatella arctica
Acanthochitona crinita
Anomia ephippium
Bowerbankia spp.
Bugula turbinata
Ceramium deslongchampsii
Cerithiopsis tubercularis
Cladostephus spongiosus
Corallina officinalis
Cystoseira spp.
Desmarestia ligulata
Dictyota dichotoma
Dumontia contorta
Dynamene bidentata
Gracilaria spp.
Heterosiphonia plumosa
Lasaea adansoni
Lasaea rubra
Leucosolenia spp.
Modiolus spp.
Musculus subpictus
Odostomia (Brachystomia)
Pedicellina cernua
Polycera quadrilineata
Polysiphonia spp.
Rissoella diaphana
Scruparia ambigua
Spirorbis spp.
Turbonilla acuta
Turbonilla lactea
Apple spp.
Atlantic ivy
Autumn squill
Bell heather
Black medick
Black mustard
Bluebell spp.
Bog pimpernel
Bracken spp.
Bramble spp. Pteridium spp.
Broad buckler-fern
Burnet rose
Common bent
Common bird’s-foot-trefoil
Common centaury
Common fleabane
Common hogweed
Common knapweed
Common mallow
Common mouse-ear
Common nettle
Common polypody
Common ragwort
Common restharrow
Common sorrel
Common vetch
Creeping buttercup
Creeping thistle
Crested dog’s-tail
Curled dock
Cut-leaved crane’s-bill
Dandelion spp.
English stonecrop
European gorse
False brome Brachypodium sylvaticum
False fox-sedge
False oat-grass
Field bindweed
Field madder
Field scabious
Germander speedwell
Goat willow
Greater plantain
Grey willow
Hairy tare
Hard rush
Hart’s-tongue fern
Hawkweed spp.
Heather Calluna vulgaris
Hedge bedstraw
Hedge woundwort
Hemlock water-dropwort
Hoary willowherb
Kidney vetch
Lady’s bedstraw
Lesser burdock
Lesser trefoil
Lob scrob Lobaria scrobiculata
Lords-and-ladies / cuckoo pint
Male fern
Maritime pine
Marsh thistle
Meadow foxtail
Meadow grass
Meadow vetchling
Mint spp.
Mouse-ear chickweed
Musk thistle
Overleaf pellia
Oxeye daisy
Pale flax
Polypodium spp.
Prickly sow-thistle
Red campion
Red clover
Ribwort plantain
Rough meadow-grass
Royal fern
Scaly male-fern
Scarlet pimpernel
Sea campion
Sea plantain
Shaggy strap lichen Ramalina farinacea
Sheep’s fescue
Slender mouse-tail moss
Smooth hawk’s-beard
Southern marsh orchid
Spear thistle
Spring squill
Sweet chestnut
Trailing St John’s-wort Hypericum humifusum
Trailing tormentil
Tufted vetch
Wall speedwell
Water figwort
Water parsnip
Western gorse
White clover
Wild carrot
Wild thyme
Wood dock
Wood sage
Yellow iris
Evernia prunastri
Flavoparmelia spp.
Graphis spp.
Lecanora spp.
Parmotrema perlatum
Parmotrema spp.
Ramalina farinacea
Ramalina fastigiata
Usnea subfloridana
Xanthoria spp.
Gall caused by mite Eriophyes spinosae

A ruby tailed wasp by Will Hawkes

A ruby tailed wasp by Will Hawkes

Adder by Chris White

Adder by Chris White

Apion pomonae by Will Hawkes

Apion pomonae by Will Hawkes


Photo by Marion Beaulieu

By Pete Maude

Photo by Pete Maude

Golden-ringed dragonfly by Nicola Blewett

Golden-ringed dragonfly by Nicola Blewett

Intertidal exploration by Rob Jutsum

Intertidal exploration by Rob Jutsum

One of the wildlife sessions by Nicola Blewett

Out and about seeking out the wildlife by Nicola Blewett

Pregnant common lizard by Chris White

Pregnant common lizard by Chris White

Red tailed bumblebee by Will Hawkes

Bumblebee mimic hoverfly Volucella bombylans by Will Hawkes

Ringlet by Nicola Blewett

Ringlet by Nicola Blewett

Scarlet tiger moth by Will Hawkes

Scarlet tiger moth by Will Hawkes

Lundy Bay BioBlitz 2 & 3 July

Next weekend is the long awaited BioBlitz at Lundy Bay, near Polzeath in North Cornwall. Long awaited as I started planning the event last August! Hopefully all the planning will pay off and we will have an amazing time finding and recording as many plant and animal species as we can in 24 hours. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us (no rain please!). Its free and family friendly. Come along for an hour or two, or all 24, the choice is yours. All info below, but if you do have any questions please get in touch with me via northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk

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We couldn’t cope without the help of volunteers

Both ranger teams in North Cornwall are helped in their work by volunteers. We just couldn’t manage without volunteers, their help is greatly appreciated.

There are many types of volunteer roles in North Cornwall, from helping in the Visitor Centre in Boscastle and at the Old Post Office in Tintagel to getting out in the great outdoors with the rangers – whatever the weather! Some volunteers help us with the ranger work by litter picking, carrying out wildflower surveys, checking public rescue equipment and encouraging good dog walking by leading by example when out walking their dogs (volunteer dog rangers), and then there’s the volunteer rangers. Volunteer rangers may help us a few times a year as and when their busy schedule allows, some help once a week or once a month, and then there’s the ‘full time volunteer rangers’ known as FTVs for short. In exchange for working with the rangers four days a week, we provide accommodation, uniform, boots, wellies and gloves, loads of in-house training as well as sending them on official courses where they get a certificate – such as brushcutter and first aid, and there are lots of other training opportunities for them too such as plant and animal identification workshops.  Currently we have five FTVs in North Cornwall, here’s a bit of info about two, Emily and Phil, in the Tintagel to Holywell area:


Emily – small saw, big tree

I’m Emily and I joined the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team as a full time volunteer (FTV) ranger in early December. Having been lucky enough to grow up in Cornwall I have spent most of my time outdoors, hiking, surfing and stalking wildlife for that perfect photo! Cornwall’s unique environment is one that I feel a close connection with so I was thrilled to be able to become part of the ranger team and help to protect our coastline.

I finished a degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology last year, during which I spent a year in the USA which I absolutely loved. I have helped out on a few conservation projects in the past: the Marine Turtle Conservation Project in North Cyprus, the Badger Cattle Contact Project here in Cornwall and I spent last summer as St. Agnes Marine Conservation Group’s Beach Ranger running their public events.

I hope that during my time as a FTV I’ll be able to learn new skills in conservation and habitat management and the practical implementation of some techniques that I have until now only read about.

So far the work has proved to be both fun and diverse. I’ve been involved in activities from litter picking and scrub clearing to Cornish hedging and gate hanging. I’ve also been on 4×4 driving course and a brushcutter course. I’m looking forward to taking part in species surveys in the coming seasons but for now I’m really enjoying being out and about on the coast. I don’t think anyone else’s office has a better view!

Hi I’m Phil, newly appointed full time volunteer ranger in North Cornwall. I’ve been here a month now after moving down from Scarborough in the north east which is apparently the Newquay of the north. I’ve done lots of different jobs in the past, my most recent working as an assistant manager in the pub in the Lakes (I am now an expert in all things Swaledale sheep as this was the local’s top conversation topic). Conservation rangering is always something I’ve wanted to get into. I heard about National Trust full time volunteering from some You Tube job profile videos and thought they would be ideal to get some great experience in a role I’ve always fancied. I love spending my free time outdoors, be it hiking, mountain biking or camping and have always wanted to be involved with the management and conservation of our countryside. This role is ideal as we are out and about every day learning loads of new practical conservation skills and spending a lot of time around Cornwall’s beautiful coast. Every day is different and everyone I have been working with is passionate about conservation and has been really welcoming. 

If you would like to help us by becoming a volunteer, please get in touch! Email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk or phone 01208 863046

Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell

Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

Take part in Big Garden Birdwatch and contribute to the world’s largest wildlife survey! Count birds for an hour in your garden or local park this weekend and tell the RSPB what you see.

Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch will bring you closer to nature. It takes just an hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Since the Birdwatch started 37 years ago, results show 80% fewer starlings and 58% fewer house sparrows in our gardens.

The more people watching, the better – so why not invite your family and friends?

What happens if you don’t see any birds?
Surveys are as much about what’s missing as what’s there. So if you don’t see anything at all, it is still really important that you send in your results.

For all the information please go to http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Why is the Big Garden Birdwatch in winter?
It’s often the best time of year for watching garden birds, as cold weather brings birds into our gardens, looking for food and shelter.

Happy bird watching!