Tickets on sale for the first South West Outdoor Festival (23-25 September)

A child toasting marshmallows over an open camp fire at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire.The South West is a mecca for outdoor activities and adventure pursuits, and this year the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival is inviting everyone to come and explore the incredible range of opportunities that are taking place around one unique place: Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival, run in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, the National Trust’s official outdoor retailer, which takes place over the weekend of 23–25 September. The event is suitable for everyone from young families to adventurous individuals, with something for all ages and levels of skill, experience and fitness. All that’s needed is a willingness to have a go, try something new or take on a challenge. Alternatively, you can simply soak up the ambience, and enjoy the local food and entertainment.

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Timbers washed up on beach may be from historic Swash channel wreck

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Stewart Rainbird and Joe Ahvee with the piece of wood, possibly from the Swash Channel wreckage ©National Trust


Timbers found by National Trust rangers on Studland Beach after Storm Katie swept through may be from the wreck of a 17th-century Dutch ship which has excited experts since its discovery in 1990.

The so-called Swash Channel wreck, near the entrance to Poole Harbour, has been described as the most significant maritime archaeology project in Britain since the raising of the Mary Rose in 1982.

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A third more litter on our beaches

Pic by Samantha Cook Photography 15March15.  National Trust The Big Beach Clean Week 2015, at Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset.Beach litter increased by more than a third in just one year, according to Marine Conservation Society (MCS) figures released today.

Run over one weekend last September, the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean saw thousands of volunteers survey and remove more than 275,000 pieces of litter from 340 beaches in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands. Last year fourteen National Trust beaches took part in the survey in September.

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Care of Dorset nature reserves

Hambledon Hill, Dorset. The hill is a prehistoric hill fort and National Nature Reserve, situated in the Blackmore Vale, near Blandford Forum.

Hambledon Hill, Dorset. The hill is a prehistoric hill fort and National Nature Reserve, situated in the Blackmore Vale, near Blandford Forum.


The National Trust has now taken management control of three National Nature Reserves in Dorset.

The National Trust and Natural England have a long history of partnership working on these and many other sites and visitors are unlikely to notice much difference on the ground.  The National Nature Reserve accolade, which is conferred by Natural England, confirms that the National Trust has the required expertise and resources to manage these sites to the highest standards and has committed to continue to do so.

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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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Surveys reveals South West coastal wildlife jewels

godrevy-bioblitz17Thousands of nature lovers and wildlife experts helped the National Trust record more than 3,400 species (1,729 in the South West) at twenty five of its places (three in the South West) along the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the charity’s largest ever wildlife survey.

From Brownsea Island in Dorset to Godrevy & Sandymouth in Cornwall, volunteers raced against the clock to record as many species as possible over either 12 or 24 hours as part of the South West Coast Festival.

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Thousands of pink bottles washed up on Cornish coast

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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…

Charting North Devon and Exmoor’s unique seascape

Watermouth Copyright North Devon AONBFor the first time, the iconic coastline and surrounding seas of North Devon and Exmoor have been studied in meticulous detail. Published this month, a new report North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment  not only celebrates the many, valued natural, cultural and perceptual aspects of both land and sea but will also become a vital tool in future conservation and planning activities. Continue reading…

National Trust calls for urgent action to manage threats to our coastline

  • New developments are still being built in areas at risk of coastal change
  • Only one in three coastal planning authorities in England have the most up-to-date planning policy in place to deal with rising sea levels and more frequent storms
  • Trust to develop action plans at 80 locations at risk of coastal change
  • Trust champions approach that works closely with nature

 The National Trust is calling for urgent action from Government and agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure all coastal areas are ready for the enormous challenges presented by severe storms and rising sea levels.

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