Cornwall Beachwatch: Treasure Troves of Data

In August we ran a Wild Days Conservation research holiday on the wild and wonderful beaches of west Cornwall. Our beach-combing produced some interesting finds, and valuable data for the Beachwatch programme.

Detailed survey

recording finds

Recording finds

Over three days, the team visited six of Cornwall’s beaches on the lizard peninsula, and the north coast near St. Ives. The beaches were owned by the National Trust, RSPB and local communities and ranged from secret rocky bays to broad stretches of shining sands. And the sun shone! Continue reading

Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in May

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in Feb

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Is a Wild Days holiday for me?

Enjoyed a walking holiday but wondered where it was going? Interested in wildlife but never quite see it? If you're looking for a sociable and stimulating break with likeminded people, or if you've ever thought a working holiday would be great, but shame about the hair-shirts and communal living, then a Wild Days holiday is definitely for you.

DSC_0139'In fact being spoilt with good food and comfort are key ingredients of Wild Days Conservation programmes', said Peter Lynch, Author of ‘Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering – The Complete Guide’, published by Bradt.

Creature Comforts

‘We’re not about sleeping bags and bunk houses or cooking your own food and doing the washing up’ adds Wild Days' founder Kathy Gill. ‘Our ‘citizen science’ activities might be hard work and we will have to rise early some days but we’re also about enjoying the beautiful countryside, comfortable accommodation and eating the best local food available.’

What to expect:

 - Unique insight into UK wildlife
 - An active holiday - with a purpose
 - Expert input - talks, walks and technique
 - Great food, locally sourced - all included
 - Interesting companions and lively discussion
 - Comfortable (usually single) rooms

West Lexham :: Wild Days Conservation :: www.wilddaysconservation.org

Still wondering if a Wild Days holiday is for you? Find out why others have been attracted...

Beach Holidays – the Wild Days way!

Soar Mill Cove, Devon :: wilddaysconservation.org

‘This is the beach
where the flip flops come
at the end of their
flip flop trip.

And where does a
flip flop trip begin?’

(from Flip Flotsam, by Elspeth Murray)

Flip-flops, Lego, plastic ducks: unlikely subjects for scientific research but surprisingly, excellent ingredients for the perfect beach holiday! All of these have played a part in increasing our understanding of the workings of ocean currents; a few interesting facts:

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Renowned journalist reviews a weekend with us in Dorset……………

By Peter Lynch
Author of ‘Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering – The Complete Guide’, published by Bradt.

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There’s no reason why a holiday shouldn’t be about self-indulgence but they can also be meaningful. Volunteering holidays are also on the increase – doing something consequential and worthwhile instead of just ‘me’ centred? Maybe helping endangered wild animals or doing something that helps reduce our destructive impact on the planet?

For years I have been hooked on ‘hands-on’ volunteer wildlife holidays, which are so much more interesting than being carted around on a safari tour bus, all too often looking at morose, semi-wild animals in a game park.

These types of holiday in exotic destinations, where you’re personally and practically involved, are exciting, enjoyable and inspirational, but they can be pretty expensive and may not suit everyone.

When returning from an overseas trip, full of eco-enthusiasm, I’ve always been disappointed to find so little support for similar activities in the UK – even though we’ve wiped out proportionately more of our native species than most of the underdeveloped countries we’re trying to help!

So I am excited to find that at last someone has realised that there’s as much need for wildlife and landscape conservation volunteering in the UK as there is in far flung countries. Continue reading