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picture by James Robbins

picture by James Robbins

Cotehele Ranger James Robbins discovered a dormouse in ‘a torpid state’ in a nest box on the National Trust estate nr Saltash in Cornwall,

during his autumn dormouse-check recently.

‘Dormice are fattening up for winter now,’ says James. ‘They gorge like mad on berries and nuts, especially hazel nuts, which they open in a characteristic fashion, then they sleep, then eat some more until finally they crawl under leaf litter at the base of trees for the winter hibernation. They’ll become active again in spring.’

The Wildlife Trust classifies dormice as a priority species in the UK.

Join a National Trust Beach Clean

beach-clean-imageAs part of the Great British Beach Clean week (16-19 September), organised by the Marine Conservation Society, the National Trust has a series of beach cleans taking place in Devon and Cornwall this September for volunteers to come along and help clear up their local beach.

There are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a beach [1] and every year National Trust staff and volunteers use valuable time cleaning up the beaches it clears for and the Trust is calling for everyone to take some time, get out and help clear their local beach.

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‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity’ says BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury

Find out more about the campaign to care for Trevose Head for ever and for everyone here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trevose

There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust:

  1. Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose
  2. Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
  3. Post a cheque, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Trevose campaign’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH

 

 

Making space for Nature at Trevose Head

 

The National Trust has just launched a £250,000 fundraising campaign to help care for Trevose Head in North Cornwall.

When the sale is completed in late September, one of the first things the Trust will be doing is undertaking a bio-survey of the existing habitats and wildlife increasing the understanding of what is currently there, helping to shape conservation work that will ensure this spectacular Cornish headland is managed appropriately for nature.

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Help protect and care for Trevose Head in Cornwall.

A £250,000 fundraising appeal is today (Tuesday 19th July 2016) being launched by the National Trust to raise money to protect and care for Trevose Head near Padstow in Cornwall.

Trevose is one of Cornwall’s most prominent headlands. It comprises of 221.5 acres and National Trust ownership will ensure it is protected for ever, for everyone, joining many other beautiful stretches of Cornish coastline protected by the Trust for people to enjoy.

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New EP captures sounds of Marconi’s Lizard

TRUDD169_300ppiA new four-track EP ‘Marconi and the Lizard’ by musician and producer Joe Acheson is being released today following a week-long National Trust sound residency on the Lizard staying in the aptly named Wireless Cottage, in Cornwall in August 2015.

The first-ever Trust sound residency, which was based at the hut where Guglielmo Marconi broadcast the ship-to-shore radio transmission on the beautiful south Cornish coast, was part of the ‘Sounds of our Shores’ project that ran during the summer of 2015.

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Pink Bottles are merely a drop in the ocean

18March_JustinJustin Whitehouse, National Trust Ranger on the Lizard is one of the ‘Clean Cornwall’ inspiring people of Cornwall who are all playing a role in helping to stop litter spoiling the landscape and causing harm to wildlife.

‘When thousands of pink bottles washed up on Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the beginning of January, this beautiful Cornish beach was suddenly in the media spotlight. It wasn’t just the local media which covered the story, broadcasters from across the UK, Europe and beyond scrambled to cover the story of the infamous pink bottles coming ashore.

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Thousands of pink bottles washed up on Cornish coast

Pink bottles Poldhu beach - 5 1 15 - Credit Poldhu Beach Cafe

On January 4 2016, thousands of bright pink detergent bottles have been washed up on Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula, part of the West Cornwall coastline cared for by the National Trust. 

Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Lead Ranger on the Lizard Peninsula, said: “We were alerted to the bottles yesterday and started collecting them straight away, with the aid of our staff and volunteers including those from the Friends of Poldhu Community Group, to remove them from the coastal environment as quickly as possible.  We urge people not to pick up any bottles without using protective gloves, keep animals away and avoid swimming or walking in the area until any risk from the detergent to human or animal health has been assessed. Continue reading…