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An innovative approach has been found to rescue a crumbling ancient monument at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on the Lizard. The seventeenth century windmill, from which the site gets its name, has been deteriorating since its roof came off in the 1970s. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and SITA Cornwall Trust an exciting project is underway to install a viewing platform in the windmill tower and crown it with a new roof. The views from the top will be spectacular, taking in the nature reserve and surrounding Lizard landscape. The windmill was used by the Home Guard as a look out post and the nature reserve is scattered with the remains of other structures from the Second World War.
Lizard connections-Scurvy grassWell April 1st seems a perfect day to get our bodies out of winter torpor, clean off the walking boots and head off to the promised- land that we all know as The Lizard. It is probably a good time to coax our brains back into action as well so I thought that we should start off with something relatively simple.
So April's challenge is to find the connection between
Harry Potter - Captain Cook - Bad weather on the A30 and The Lizard
Your answer will be aided by a walk along the coastal footpath or even a drive down the A30. So something for locals and visitors alike. We could even find you some tenuous links with 'Poldark' and 'Banished', two very contrasting period dramas currently taking up prime television schedules.
Anyone walking The Lizard's coastal path will not fail to notice the swathes of white along the coastal cliffs and crannies. The same could be said of the swathes of white on the roadside verges spotted whilst driving down the A30 within the legal speed limits.
Choughs nesting on the Lizard
Early April – The choughs in Cornwall have been very busy nest building over the last month or so, some pairs have quite a bit of work to do where their nests have been blown out by winter storms, others at less exposed sites only have to refurbish last year's nest and line it with new sheep's wool, cattle hair, or soft grasses. Younger pairs go at this with great enthusiasm sometimes building a couple of nests in different places before they settle on just the right one. Once a pair decide on a nest site they normally use it for their lifetime, but they can move, probably in response to changes around the area or another species moving in a bit too close for them to feel comfortable.
Farming for Wildlife
As tenants of the National Trust owned Predannack and Teneriffe Farms, we are now heading into our second spring, having taken on the tenancy in 2013.
This first year has been somewhat of a blur, during which I've certainly learnt a lot about myself and the farm. Although I grew up on a farm, my father died when I was relatively young and I was too daft to listen and soak up some of his intricate farming knowledge. He came from generations of farmers, all passing their skills on to their sons. Over the years, I learned my farming lessons the hard way and often slumped devastated for days over my mistakes.