Plymbridge Peregrine chicks have fledged


ZZ_DSC4087_fhdr-copy-1024x682There have been some new faces appearing at the Plym Peregrine Project appearing in the National Trust’s Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth.

In April the resident wild falcons were sat on 4 eggs on a ledge on a long-disused slate quarry, this marks the pairs 6th nesting year. In May the 4 chicks hatched, although unfortunately just a few weeks later 2 had disappeared from the nest with only a female and a male chick remaining.

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Ground-breaking mapping project reveals 50 years of land use change along the coast

A view of the coastline from the summit of Golden Cap, at dawn.

A view of the coastline from the summit of Golden Cap, at dawn.

  • Original survey carried out in 1965 to highlight the impact of development on our coastline has been updated to reveal land use changes
  • 94% of coastline considered to be ‘pristine’ 50 years ago is now protected through the National Trust or through the planning system
  • While three quarters (76%) of the coast remains undeveloped, urban/built-up areas have increased by 42% (17,557 hectares), adding the equivalent of a city the size of Manchester to our coastline

One of the biggest mapping projects of the 20th century has been repeated fifty years on by the National Trust to understand how the way that land is used along the coast has changed since 1965.

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Discover Britain’s Ocean City from the water’s edge

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth. Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth.
Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Join the 10 mile Challenge walk in Plymouth on Saturday 24th October and experience more than 400 years of maritime history while helping to raise funds for its future.
The walk sets out from Admiral’s Hard and continues along the waterfront to reveal a wealth of historic features from a restored naval base at Royal William Yard to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.

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Plym Valley Cycle Trail Planning Application

The National Trust today (Thursday 13th September 2012) confirmed that it will be shortly submitting a planning application to Plymouth City Council to develop a new 4km off-road single-track cycle trail and increase parking spaces within the existing car park in Plymbridge Woods.

 This new moderate (blue) grade cycle trail will be ideal for people looking for a more adventurous leisure ride exploring the woodlands alongside the River Plym. Most importantly this cycle trail links up to the existing Route 27 Sustrans Trail in the valley bottom which is already popular with families and can be ridden either in a 6km loop or as part of a wider cycle ride along theSustrans Route.

The Trust has conducted a series of public consultations including the formation of a stakeholder group.  This work and involvement of many local people and organisations has helped the Trust pull together what it strongly believes are the most appropriate plans for Plymbridge balancing the needs of different users of the site.  The Trust is extremely grateful to all who have given up their time and contributed their thoughts and views.

The application includes re-shaping theNational Trustcar park on the Plympton side of the river to increase car parking spaces although the aim of the project is to encourage new users to arrive by bike.  In the longer term the Trust will be working with other local partners to seek to provide visitor ‘gateway’ facilities such as a café, toilets and cycle hire at Coypool. 

The Trust is committed to encouraging wider enjoyment of the countryside long-term. At Plymbridge we feel this new adventurous cycling offer complements the existing cycling facility of route 27 whilst not impacting unduly on other users of the woods and that the proposed trail will be of real benefit to many existing and new visitors to the site.

The National Trust is maintaining its commitment to helpingPlymouthresidents and visitors to the area to enjoy cycling. As well as the plan for the new cycle trail in Plymbridge Woods, we are involved in other cycling projects inPlymouthsuch as the BMX project at Marsh Mills, which was originally an idea from local young people inPlymouth. The Trust is working closely with Plymouth Youth Services, Plymouth City Council, Network Rail, Sustrans, Environment Agency and the local community to develop the BMX trail at Marsh Mills.

The development at Plymbridge is part of the Trust’s ‘Getting Outdoors and Closer to Nature’ programme – enabling the Trust to improve and diversify people’s access and enjoyment of its land through more opportunities for walking, cycling, kayaking, camping and other recreational activities. 

Mark Harold, National Trust Regional Director said: “Enabling people to explore and enjoy our properties more fully and in different ways is a real priority for us in the South West and we believe that this off road cycling trail at Plymbridge will really add to the enjoyment of these beautiful woods for those that cycle there already and for new audiences too.”

Paul Hawkins from 1 South West Cycling said: “The original trail proposals proved controversial but a lot of thought has gone into considering concerns that were raised, two key ones being reducing shared use paths and reducing proximity to residences.  We are confident that the new scaled down plans will still lead to many people enjoying and valuing the woodlands, and at the same time add weight to the case for a visitor gateway at Coypool.”

Development of the cycle trail and car-park will be funded through the Rural Development Programme forEnglandandNational Trustinternal funds.  TheNational Trustwill be making a significant contribution covering the cost of car park works and some of the trail work.  Ongoing management and maintenance of the trails will be carried out by theNational Trustand it’s staff.

Plymbridge has its own Facebook site where you’ll find all the latest information on the proposed project. The Planning Application Reference number will be posted here as soon as available, along with details of how to submit your comments to Plymouth County Council and the deadline.  Keep in touch with the project on their Facebook page or their Twitter page If you have a specific enquiry please email the National Trust at  or call 01752 341377.

National Trust proposals for Plymbridge Cycle Trail and Cafe

The National Trust has submitted plans to Plymouth City Council for a series of cycle trails at Plymbridge Woods nr Plymouth.  The plans also include a café building to provide refreshments, seating, toilets and cycle hire.

The proposals for Plymbridge Woods, which have been cared for by the National Trust since 1968, are part of the Trust’s strategy to improve access to its many outdoor locations.

Plymbridge is a popular recreational area attracting approximately 250,000 visitors per annum, many who visit on a regular basis. The proposed cycling trails are aimed at novice and intermediate riders and, by providing these trails, it is hoped that cyclists will be able to use the site in a responsible and considerate way.

The proposals are part of the 1 South West Regional Cycling Project to encourage health, well-being and economic prosperity in the South West.  The proposed development will be funded from National Trust funds and through the Sustainable Rural Tourism Fund, administered through the Rural Development Programme for England.

The National Trust has principles of conservation at its core and has worked hard to conserve the wildlife value of Plymbridge Woods for many years, and will continue to do so while also improving access and recreational opportunities for visitors.

The woodlands’ proximity to Plymouth provides a great opportunity for many people to benefit from the proposed trails.  Visitors to Plymbridge already benefit from excellent access by bike, foot and public transport and the Trust will be doing all it can to encourage future access via green-transport routes.

The Plymbridge proposal is part of a wider project, led by the Forestry Commission, which has already established cycle trails close to Bristol and Exeter, with further trails being developed close to Bodmin. These other existing regional sites have proved successful in encouraging a wide range of people to enjoy the region’s countryside,  whilst reducing user conflict and delivering economic benefits to local businesses.

Guidance from independent ecologists, archaeologists and professional trail designers formed the basis of the proposals, along with input from the  National Trust staff that care for the woodlands on a daily basis.  The Trust also held a series of public consultation events at Plymbridge and within Plymouth City Centre.

The National Trust encourages everyone to read all of the planning documents and engage positively in the planning consultation process.  If you would like to talk to us and find out more please email We have also published some ‘frequently asked questions and answers’ to help explain our proposals, click here for more info