Monday, 14 July 2014
Pictured are a regular German walking tour group who call by on Sundays in the summer months. Thanks John for giving them such an enjoyable tour. Lizard Wireless Station is run entirely by our merry band of volunteers, so if you would like to get involved and make more visitors this happy, please do get in touch! For museum opening times, see lizardwireless.org
Thursday, 19 June 2014
The Amiss family and ourselves were really pleased with how Open Farm Sunday at Tregullas went. Tregullas was one of over 300 farms throwing open its gates for this national event.
Tregullas Farm is owned by the National Trust, and the event was organised jointly by us and the new tenants, Rona and Nevil Amiss. It was a fantastic afternoon and the event was really well attended with a mix of local families and visitors making the most of the sunshine to join us on the farm. It was encouraging to see so many people taking an interest in the countryside and where their food comes from, and how coastal farming can be great for wildlife like the chough. Everyone liked hand feeding the young goats, and families couldn’t wait to climb aboard the huge new tractor! The sheep shearing demonstration gathered a crowd, and our education team had all sorts of fun on offer, including making mini sheep with wool from the farm. The mini farmers market was popular, with local cakes, flowers, crafts and eggs on sale. Welcome refreshments and a BBQ were also on offer in aid of Landewednack School and Landewednack Guides (senior section).
Tregullas is one of the most important farms for wildlife in Cornwall, with many rare plants on the cliffs, as well as breeding chough, Open Farm Sunday gave people the opportunity to find out more with displays and guided walks. Nevil led three farm walks, touring the barley and vegetable crops, and meeting the sheep, goats and cattle. Rona and Nevil have only been farming at Tregullas since September, and it’s been a busy year for them so far. They are very passionate about producing high quality food in a way that is wildlife friendly, and said they enjoyed having the opportunity to share what they are doing with so many interested visitors at Open Farm Sunday.
We’d all like to thank everyone locally who volunteered their time and energy into making this day such a success.
Monday, 16 June 2014
On Saturday 7th June at 3.50pm the team of National Trust and RSPB volunteers, who have spent hundreds of hours watching the choughs this season, were delighted by the appearance of 3 healthy chicks from the nest cave.
|Photo: Terry Thirlaway|
To see the new Lizard Point pair successfully raise a family this year is absolutely fantastic. All the hours of monitoring, nest protection and awareness raising has paid off for the new pair at Lizard Point. The newly fledged chicks took a few tentative steps or 'hops' out of the cave on the 7th, and just 8 days later they are now off on the wing, spending most of the day feeding with their parents along the cliffs west of Lizard Point.
|Photo: Terry Thirlaway|
|Photo: Terry Thirlaway|
The chicks can stay with their parents for up to 8 weeks and will use this time getting to know the surrounding area. Although their favoured places to feed are along the cliffs between Lizard and Kynance, occasionally you will see them flying as far as Mullion or Cadgwith for feeding trips. Now is the best time to see the choughs and their young here on the Lizard. Come and visit our Wildlife Watchpoint at Lizard Point where our volunteers will give you up to date information on the choughs and other wildlife in the area. We are open 10 am - 4 pm daily.
If you are around this weekend, we are leading a guided walk to see the new family of Cornish choughs. Meet us this Sunday at 10am at the National Trust Car Park at Kynance for a guided walk to see wild Cornish Choughs. On route you will be introduced to the choughs and some of the other fantastic wildlife that surrounds Kynance Cove. Our Rangers will be on hand to tell you more about the history of choughs in Cornwall and talk you through the growing conservation effort supporting the chough's natural recolonisation. The walk will last approximately 2hrs. Please wear strong walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing. Dogs welcome but must be on leads. There is a charge of £2.50 per person (additional car parking charges apply to non members). For more information call 01326 291174 or email email@example.com
As the young family head out to the cliffs to find food can we ask a favour from you?
Please ensure you do not unnecessarily disturb the choughs. They are quite sociable birds so if you sit quietly often they will come quite close and you'll get super views, but if you try and get too close to them you may frighten them off. If you have a dog can you please ensure he / she is under control around the new family. Many thanks in advance, and good luck spotting the choughs.
If you see the choughs please let us know at the wildlife watchpoint, you can also send in your sightings to the RSPB: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 16 May 2014
A team of National Trust and RSPB volunteers have been watching on tenterhooks to see if the legacy of choughs on the Lizard would continue. The long wait is over, and it is good news!
|The original Lizard Point pair (2001 -2013)|
The young incoming male held his new territory over the winter and has attracted a new mate. In March, the new pair built two nests here at Lizard Point, keeping volunteers guessing as to where they might settle. Thankfully, they settled in the original nest cave.
|The new Lizard Point pair (present)|
|Lizard Wildlife Watchpoint - National Trust|
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Friday, 2 May 2014
In a recent poll, Cornwall topped the world for the best destination for a family holiday. No surprises there really, with an abundance of beautiful beaches, a varied and extraordinary landscape, great food and family friendly cafes and restaurants, it's a no-brainer for a great family holiday, despite our varied weather. And we know from previous studies, such as the National Trust's Valuing our Environment study, that a key reason people cite for coming to Cornwall is the unspoilt beauty of our coastline.
So offering a great environment as well as the facilities for a great holiday is really important for the longer term future of the tourism industry, but also plays a big part in helping to secure support for nature in the future.
So what do we make of this for the Lizard? Tourism is clearly a big part of our local economy and places like Kynance and Lizard Point attract hundreds of thousands of people each year, supporting a large number of local businesses. But these are not simple tourist traps, both are beautiful places, have great cafes and things to do but they also offer a host of wildlife experiences for those who want to look a little further. A walk to Kynance beach takes you past classic Lizard heathland rich in a rare treat of heather, plants and insects not to be seen elsewhere in the country.
At Lizard Point, the wildlife watchpoint, set up over 10 years ago by the RSPB to watch the choughs nesting nearby is now being managed by the National Trust. While the RSPB continue to run the nest protection at nest sites across Cornwall, here at Lizard Point, we are helping them to monitor and protect the choughs while also introducing thousands of visitors to the wildlife that inhabit our shores, from choughs overhead, to rare plants on the cliffs or seals and porpoises out to sea.
And the Lizard has an abundance of wildlife. It's a speciality for the Lizard; in marketing terms its USP (Unique Selling Point) and this offers the visitor a great added experience to their holiday, something that a group of tourism businesses on the Lizard are making their own. VisitLizard are looking at how businesses on the Lizard can work more closely together to promote the area, not just for its beaches, great local food and beautiful countryside and coastline but as a place where one can also experience extraordinary wildlife.
Getting everyone, and children in particular, outdoors and more in touch with nature is key to a sustainable future. After all, people won't want to protect what they first don't care about and so a trip to the Lizard on holiday offers a great chance to see and experience nature that will stay in minds forever and breed a new generation of wildlife and nature lovers (and protectors) for the future.