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.
The stretch of coastal land at Trevose is already a very important habitat for nature conservation, with a rich variety of wildlife and marine species, lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Approximately 80 acres of the land is designated as part of the Constantine Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest for its dramatic sea cliffs, maritime grassland and wet habitats.
The Sea cliffs are of special interest with a number of rare and uncommon plants such as the Shore Dock, Wild Asparagus as well as Sea Lavender, tree Mallow and Golden Samphire.
Wildflowers on the headland attract a wide variety of butterflies and bees and a great diversity of seabirds including Fulmars, Razorbill, Peregrines and Guillemots. Trevose Head is also an area that retains a small population of Corn Bunting, a bird which is has virtually disappeared from Devon and Cornwall. Sympathetic management of the fields will be vital to ensure this bird has opportunity to grow in numbers as well as benefitting a host of once nationally more common birds like Skylark that still occur in good numbers on the headland at Trevose.
Grey Seals are also regular visitors to the area and prove to be an added attraction in many areas of the North coast of Cornwall.
The coast in the South West is visited and enjoyed every year by more than 22 million people, with 63% of people regarding visiting the seaside or coast as important to their quality of life, but the future ongoing protection of these places is essential if our coast is to remain beautiful and accessible for future generations.
There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust:
- Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose
- Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
- 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
For more information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trevose