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

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...

Hedgehog footprints!

HedgehogWild Days’ home-town has just been declared Britain’s first ‘Hedgehog Town’! We went along to an event celebrating this to find out more and met some wonderfully enthusiastic people from the Dorset Mammal Group. We didn’t see any hedgehogs though – thankfully the group knew they were nocturnal, and that it’s best not to disturb them. Continue reading

The grey squirrel – our most seen and controversial garden visitor

The latest results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, their yearly ‘what’s in your garden’ survey, show that nearly three-quarters (72%) of people in the UK see the grey squirrel in their gardens at least once a month and 91% had seen them at one time.  This makes them the most commonly seen mammal in this country, an interesting position for a species that has only lived here for the last 150 years at most. Continue reading