Events and Volunteer Days

Ranger day:
Saturday 11 February Scrub and Spuds 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath
Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day:
Wednesday 15 February Be a Half Term Ranger: Scrub Bashing 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath
Be a National Trust ranger for a few hours and help us with some scrub bashing, cutting down prickly gorse and blackthorn then burning it on the bonfire. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day:
Saturday 8 April Path Repair Day 10am – 3pm Epphaven Cove, near Polzeath
Get stuck in with a spade or mattock, repairing steps, drains and improving the surface of the footpath. No experience necessary, all tools and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Bring your own lunch. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 8 April Polzeath Mega Beach Clean 3pm
Help Polzeath BeachCare, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group and the National Trust clean up the beautiful beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Meet at 3pm at Polzeath Marine Centre PL27 6TA No need to book. For more info 07779 896650

Easter event:
Sunday 16 April Easter Egg Trails 10am – 4pm Crantock
Find the rangers anytime between 10am and 4pm (or when all the Cadbury chocolate prizes have been claimed, whichever occurs first) at Crantock beach car park to follow the clues around one of their wildlife themed trails to win a Cadbury chocolate prize. £2 per trail. Free parking for National Trust members, parking charge for non-members. For more info 01208 863046

Kernow Astronomers event supported by National Trust Rangers:
Saturday 6 May Sun and Stars with Kernow Astronomers at Carnewas (Bedruthan) From 7.45pm
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW (Sunset 8.45pm)

Ranger day:
Saturday 13 May Path repair day 10am – 3pm Barras Nose, near Tintagel
Get stuck in with a spade or mattock, repairing steps, drains and improving the surface of the footpath. No experience necessary, all tools and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Bring your own lunch. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 31 May Be a Half Term Ranger :
Beach cleaning 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm Holywell and Polly Joke
Do your bit for the marine environment and join us for a couple of hours litter picking on the beach at Holywell (10am – 12pm) or the more secluded Polly Joke (1pm – 3pm). All gloves and equipment provided. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather. No need to book. For more details phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk
Meet at Holywell car park 10am (No charge for helpers)
Meet at Polly Joke car park 1pm (No charge for helpers)

Event:
Thursday 1 June Polzeath Marine Discovery Day 10am – 4pm
Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group, National Trust and many others are joining forces to bring you a marine day you’ll never forget! Come along and celebrate our seas in Polzeath, learn fun and fascinating facts about our amazing marine life, create beach sculptures, go on a rock pool ramble, help create a marine themed animated film, and so much more. Free, but donations to the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group welcome. For more information contact polzeathmc@gmail.com or 07779 896650

Walk with the Rangers:
Saturday 3 June Wildflower walk at Pentire, near Polzeath. 10am – 2pm
Join National Trust rangers for a guided walk around the spectacular Pentire headland near Polzeath, learning about the array of wildflowers associated with maritime grassland and how they are managed for nature conservation. Approx. 6.5km, with some steep coast path walking. £3 per person. Booking essential 01208 863046.

Ranger day:
Saturday 10 June Bracken Bash 10am – 3pm Lundy Bay, near Polzeath 
Come and join the rangers for a few hours controlling the spread of bracken overlooking the beach at Lundy Bay. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear long sleeved tops and long trousers when working in the bracken and take any hay fever medication you would normally take. Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Kernow Astronomers event supported by National Trust Rangers:
Saturday 1 July Sun and Stars with Kernow Astronomers at Carnewas (Bedruthan) From 8.30pm
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW (Sunset 9.30pm)

Ranger day:
Saturday 8 July Ragwort pulling 10am – 3pm Trevose Head, near Padstow.
Join us for a few hours taking on the age old plant, common ragwort. This plant is really good for wildlife, but we need volunteers to control its spread. All tools, equipment and coastal views provided! Booking essential call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Event:
Sunday 23 July The archaeology of Rough Tor guided walk 10am – 1pm 
Join National Trust rangers and archaeologist Pete Herring from Historic England on a walk across Rough Tor. A fascinating interpretation of one of Cornwall’s most important archaeological sites. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and terrain. Bring refreshments if you are planning on staying on the Tor for lunch after. Free, but donations welcome. Booking essential as numbers are limited 01208 863046

Going batty?
Wednesday 2 August Bat Night at Pentire near Polzeath. 8.30pm until after dark
Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8.30pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes, and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional! £3 per person. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather. 01208 863046

Running event:
Thursday 3 August Coastal Challenge Series 2017 7pm to approx 9.30pm
Grab your running shoes and join us on the coast path this summer. We’re putting on two guided trail runs in August around the impressive Pentire Head near Polzeath. With a 5km and 10km route to choose from, all abilities catered for. Followed by a BBQ on the beach weather permitting. £5pp and bring some food to cook on the BBQ. Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details and to book your place.

Walk with a Ranger and Butterfly Conservation:
Sunday 6 August Butterfly walk with National Trust and Cornwall Butterfly Conservation at Lundy Bay near Polzeath 1.30pm
Join in with a walk along one of the National Trust’s butterfly survey routes. There will be a selection of butterfly species, especially if the sun is shining! Meet in the National Trust’s Lundy Bay car park SW958 798 PL27 6QZ. Open to Cornwall Butterfly Conservation members and non-members alike. Free. For further details contact Sarah on 01208 863821

Rocky rockpools:
Tuesday 8 August Polzeath Rock Pool Ramble 11.30am – 1.30pm
Join National Trust rangers and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers, and on one of our famous explorations of the shore. A chance to discover the wonders of the rock pools, from rare Celtic sea slugs to stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, PL27 6TA Bring suitable clothing and waterproof footwear (but not crocs or flip flops). £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail.com

Ranger day:
Saturday 12 August Bracken bash 10am – 3pm Lundy Bay, near Polzeath
Join us for round two of our bracken management days overlooking the beautiful Lundy Bay. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear long sleeved tops and long trousers when working in the bracken and take any hay fever medication you would normally take. Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Going batty again?
Wednesday 16 August Bat Night at Pentire near Polzeath. 8pm until after dark
Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes, and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional! £3 per person. Booking is essential as the date may change due to unfavourable weather. 01208 863046

Ranger day:
Sunday 20 August Hay rake in the Valency meadows, Boscastle. 10am – 3pm
Join the rangers in improving the diversity of plants in Valency Valley by raking up the hay. All equipment provided. Wear long trousers. Bring along a packed lunch. Meet in the overflow car park in Boscastle. For more info: 01288 331372

Geology Rocks! Bude
Monday 21 August guided walk 9.30am – 1pm
Hear about the extraordinary cliffs and rocks of the area and it’s associated wildlife from local geology expert Jane Anderson on a walk between Sandymouth and Bude. Includes a drink at Sandymouth cafe. £4 per person, includes a tea or coffee. Wear appropriate walking gear. Meet in Sandymouth car park EX23 9HW grid ref SS 204 100 (free parking for NT members, parking charge for non-NT members). No need to book, but for more info 01288 331372

Rocky rockpools:
Monday 21 August Polzeath Rock Pool Ramble 11am – 1pm
Join National Trust rangers and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers, and on one of our famous explorations of the shore. A chance to discover the wonders of the rock pools, from rare Celtic sea slugs to stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, PL27 6TA Bring suitable clothing and waterproof footwear (but not crocs or flip flops). £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail.com

Running event:
Thursday 24 August Coastal Challenge Series 2017 7pm to approx 9.30pm
Grab your running shoes and join us on the coast path this summer. We’re putting on two guided trail runs in August around the impressive Pentire Head near Polzeath. With a 5km and 10km route to choose from, all abilities catered for. Followed by a BBQ on the beach weather permitting. £5pp and bring some food to cook on the BBQ. Call 01208 863046 or email northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details and to book your place.

Kernow Astronomers event supported by National Trust Rangers:
Saturday 2 September Sun and Stars with Kernow Astronomers at Carnewas (Bedruthan) From 7pm
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet at the National Trust car park at Carnewas (Bedruthan) PL27 7UW (Sunset 8pm)

Saturday 16 September Polzeath Mega Beach Clean 3pm
Help Polzeath BeachCare, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group and the National Trust clean up the beautiful beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Meet at 3pm at Polzeath Marine Centre PL27 6TA No need to book. For more info 07779 896650

Bude Pirate Run
Sunday 10 September 10.30am – 1pm
Multi-terrain 8 mile run from Bude crossing Maer Downs, Northcott Mouth, Stowe Barton and Sandymouth. Run, or jog, over cliffs, through woods and valleys. Organised by Bude RATs. For more info http://www.buderats.co.uk

Ranger day:
Sunday 17 September Orchard hay rake at Stowe Barton, near Bude 10am – 4pm
Rake up hay, clear out the pond and give the orchard some TLC ready for its winter rest. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting grubby and sturdy footwear. All equipment provided. Bring a packed lunch. Meet at Stowe Barton Farm EX23 9JW grid ref: SS 213 114  For more info: 01288 331372

Ranger day:
Saturday 30 September Hay Rake at Lundy Bay, near Polzeath 10am – 3pm
Dig out your favourite grass rake and join us for a few hours making hay as part of our meadow management near Lundy bay. For £2.50pp we’ll throw in a ploughman’s lunch, let’s pray for sunny weather… All tools and equipment provided, especially if you don’t have a favourite grass rake! Booking essential. Please call 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Marvellous Moths:
Moth Night Friday 13 October at Pentireglaze, near Polzeath 6.30pm – 9.30pm
To celebrate National Moth Night, join the Rangers for an evening all about moths. Settle in for a short talk about moths and then test out a range of moth trapping techniques. A local moth expert will be on hand to show you what’s what and we’ll have a range of id books for help too. We’ll be there until late but feel free to stay as long as you like. £3 per person. Refreshements provided. Wear clothing suitable for the weather and bring along a torch and something to sit on. Booking encouraged 01208 863046

Ranger day:
Saturday 14 October Scrub and Spuds at Trevose Head, near Padstow 10am – 3pm
Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential. Please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Event:
Monday 23 October Geology Rocks! Pentire Head near Polzeath 11.30am – 2.30pm 
Interpret the landscape from a different perspective with local geology expert, Jane Anderson, to guide us through the geological history of the area. Wear suitable walking gear and bring a packed lunch. £3 per person. Booking essential as numbers are limited 01208 863046

Family event:
Wednesday 25 October Be a Half Term Ranger: Bird Box Building at the Tubestation, Polzeath
Build a bird box and make a cosy home for our feathery friends. Either take it home for your garden or help put it up in some coastal woodland nearby.
Come to Tubestation above Polzeath Beach between 10 am and 1pm to build your bird box, and then join us in the afternoon at some local woodland to install the boxes.
All tools, equipment and guidance provided.
Free activity but £5 if you want to take the bird box home.
10am – 1pm Bird box building at Tubestation, Polzeath
2pm – 3pm Meet at Lundy Bay car park (no charge) to install your bird boxes.
Booking not essential, for more info please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Illustrated talk:
Wednesday 25 October Talk ‘The National Trust at Trevose Head’ 7pm – 8.30pm
Find out what the National Trust are doing at Trevose Head near Padstow.
At the Tubestation, Polzeath, PL27 6TB. No booking required. £2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members. Further info 01208 863821 or sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Ranger day:
Saturday 11 November Scrub and Spuds 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath
Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Geology walk:
Saturday 18 November Geology Rocks! Crackington Haven 9.30am – 1pm
See the extraordinary cliffs and rocks of the area and how it affects today’s wildlife and landscape on a walk with local geology expert Jane Anderson. Meet at the pay and display car park (not NT) in Crackington Haven. Grid ref: SX 143 967 or nearest post code: EX23 0JG £3 per person. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Booking not required.

Ranger day:
Saturday 9 December Christmas Scrub Bash 10am – 3pm Pentire Head, near Polzeath
Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire with cheese and beans and throw in a mince pie as well. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free. Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk

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