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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First trip of Brownsea Seahorse

Dennis Medlycott wanted to visit Brownsea Island. It was a simple ambition but, since he depends on his electric wheelchair to get about, he could not get onto the boats taking visitors to the island. When he heard that we were about to trial a new boat, ‘Brownsea Seahorse’, which would be able to take disabled visitors to the island, Dennis offered his advice and came to try out the first service. Here he tells his own story of that first trip to the island:

It’s a dream come true that I am actually here in my electric wheelchair on Brownsea Island.
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National Trust’s coastal campaign celebrates land acquired at Hardy Monument

Heathland around Hardy Mounument (c) National Trust

Celebrating 50 years of its coastal fundraising campaign, the National Trust has made its first coastal acquisition in the South West this year. It will now care for almost 23 acres of Black Down heathland below the Hardy Monument in Dorset – an area of great natural and historical importance. Continue reading…

7 questions tag – coast facts

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This year we’re celebrating 50 years of caring for the coast with the Coastal Festival. We’ve been collecting stories from many people who love the coast.

Take part now with 7 questions tag – coast facts. Post with answers on your blog or facebook page and then tag 7 friends or bloggers.

We tag Beach Muser, The Beach Life, Surfers Against Sewage, South West Coast PathEverywhere You Look, North Devon National TrustWild Running and South Devon National Trust.

  1. What’s your favourite beach?
  2. Sea or sand?
  3. Tell a memory of being by the sea.
  4. What’s your favourite seaside food?
  5. Favourite ice cream flavour?
  6. Have you lived by the sea?
  7. Favourite place on the coast?

Let us know in the comments about your blog post and we’ll share via social media and the blog. Thanks for sharing your love of the coast.

Embracing my love of the coast by Daniel Fields

image1‘My fascination and love of the Cornish coastline began, as is the case with so many people, as a child whilst on family holidays.

We stayed in Youth Hostels long before they became family orientated. In these places there were always people to meet and stories to listen to – students walking the length of the coast path, cycle tourists nearing their journeys’ end and wardens who lived for the surf. I lapped it all up, desperate to be a part of the adventure.

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The saviour of the North Devon Coast by Julian Gurney


“Some of my earliest memories revolve around our fantastic and varied coastline; it feels like it is part of me, in my blood as it were. As a boy my Father would take me out in his small fishing boat, we would even sleep on it from time to time which was very exciting and quite an adventure, I remember well falling to sleep with the waves gentle lapping at the sides the boat. I learnt to swim in the sea and vividly remember my Father explaining to my younger sister and I that it was so much easier than swimming in a pool as the salt would help us float, he was right.

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Early memories of day trips to the seaside by Mike Collins

me and gran enjoying a sandcastle building moment

me and gran enjoying a sandcastle building moment

“Recently I came across some photos of me from when I was about three or four years old. Three pictures really stood out and they were all taken on the South Devon coast. They show me with my Mum and Dad and Gran who lived in Exeter – either building sandcastles or going for a little wander.

Many of my earliest memories are from those day trips to the seaside – especially Dawlish Warren and Exmouth. Holding those slightly faded colour photos transports me back thirty years.

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Neptune saved our shores

The view from Wembury Point, near Plymouth, Devon with the Great Mew Stone in the distance.

The view from Wembury Point, near Plymouth, Devon with the Great Mew Stone in the distance.

From urban sprawl to industrial wasteland, what would the coast have looked like without Neptune – would developments now consume the much-loved south west coastline and coal still blacken the breathtaking north east coast?

Fifty years ago, the National Trust launched its ambitious Neptune Coastline Campaign to save unspoilt and threatened coastal places, and now 775 miles of land – nearly a third of the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland – is in safe hands, a free coastal corridor enjoyed by millions.

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My Coast 2015 – Karen Barnard

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

Karen after a day volunteering with the National Trust Rangers installing some new footpath steps at Lundy Bay.

As part of our Coastal Festival year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Campaign, we’ve asked volunteers, staff and partners to share with us why the coast is so important to them. Here’s the first one from a Karen Barnard, one of our coastal volunteers who found the pull of the coast so strong she up sticks and moved her family here.

“The North Cornwall Coast has had a pull on me since I was a child and we came down here on holiday. Strangely, I don’t recall a particular stretch: it was always just the image in my mind of the craggy cliffs and the roar of the sea. It was such a strong pull that at 34 years old I moved down here on my own with two small sons and have built a very happy life here.

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