Value added Lizard
Ancient mariners, trade networks, ritual compulsion & a unique product revered through millennia before its final fading from use around the time St Keverne became a parish: part of the story I promised in an earlier episode of this Blog¹. Read on, if you must.
On occasion it is interesting to run time backwards & dream up scenarios out of which condense the realities of today. We are helped in this Dreamtime by factors we can't ignore but there is scope for the imagination to suggest things which might later be disproved. It's called the Scientific Method & is universally used to posit theories whose demise allows better theories to replace them. The rest of this article might be viewed in that light.
How to best help our precious and amazing grey seal pup
Grey seal pups are an amazing wildlife spectacle around the Lizard peninsular at this time of year...as little and then big barrels of white fluffy fur with huge appealing eyes.
But they need our help. They are only fed milk by their mothers for three critical weeks that determine their survival prospects. Born at around 10kg they need to put on another 10kg per week to reach their minimum optimal weaning weight of 40kg. Anything under this and the pups prospects of surviving longer than six months are considerably reduced with the most likely outcome being slow starvation and death.
Lizard farmers win a national ‘Farming with nature’ award
One of our local farming families were awarded one of the food and farming industry’s highest honours, a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award at BBC Countryfile Live earlier this summer, with the Lizard’s Tregullas Farm, the most southerly farm on mainland Britain, winning the National Trust’s first-ever ‘Farming with Nature’ award.
Against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace, BBC Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison and Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, presented this special award to farmers Rona and Nevil Amiss of Tregullas.
Seal pupping season 2016/17 is now underway in Cornwall!
The first mainland pup rescue of the season took place just one day later than last year! Well done to British Divers Marine Life Rescue Coordinator Dave Jarvis and his team of Marine Mammal Medics for a highly successful rescue of a five day old white coated pup from Portreath. This seal pup is now in the safe hands of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek where it will be looked after until it is big and fat enough to be released back into the wild.