Help record the 'Sounds of our Shores' this summer
I’m really very excited about the new 'Sounds of our Shores' project that launched just last week. Find out what we are up to and how you can get involved by clicking on this audio clip or by reading the blog below:
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Neptune Coastline Campaign National Trust are working with National Trust for Scotland and the British Sound Library to create the first ever coastal sound map; an archive of new and old coastal sounds from across the UK. We can’t do this alone, we need your help.
Over the next three months we are asking you go out to your local coast or a new stretch of coast and to discover and record the sounds that you hear there. You can then upload them to the 'Sounds of our Shores' audio boom channel.
Help Protect the Nature you Love
On the Lizard we are lucky to have one of the most protected landscapes and habitats in the country. The whole peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have a large National Nature Reserve, lots of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of conservation and more....
These designations, set up by European directives as long ago as the 1970s have helped protect many really special plants, animals and places from potential damage, development or neglect. However, these laws are coming under threat as a review set up by the European Commission could potentially weaken their integrity.
These wildlife areas really do matter, they help protect our water supplies, pollinate our crops and they give all of us places where we can get closer and be inspired by nature.
You can help voice your opinion by completing the Nature Alert Survey www.naturealert.eu/en
Published: June 2015
Author: Alastair Cameron (General Manager, The Lizard and Penrose)
Festival of Archaeology
The Festival of British Archaeology marks its 25th year in 2015, and here on the Lizard we have no less than 4 events as part of this national celebration of all things historical.
The two week festival, running between 11th July and 26th July, is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and there will be over 1000 events nationally, from digs, to tours, re-enactments and more, run by a whole host of heritage organisations and enthusiastic groups.
Read on for a flavour of what’s happening locally on the Lizard, and how you can get involved with the Festival. To find out more details, or browse the entire list of events nationwide, visit www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk
If you want to get your hands dirty, join Meneage Archaeology Group to help in excavating the Bronze Age and Iron Age site at Boden, near Manaccan. Walk inside the rediscovered Iron Age 'fogou', one of Cornwall's unique souterrains, shallow tunnels whose original purpose is still subject to speculation. The finds from the excavation will also be on display, revealing the secrets of this exciting site. Cornwall Council Archaeologist James Gossip will be on hand to answer questions, and bring along your finds to be identified by Anna Tyacke, Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall. Saturday 11th July 2015 10:30am-5pm. Free entry, a drop in event. At Boden Vean - follow signs from the Manaccan to Gillan road.
Mooching on the mud at low tide
Helford Passage and walking out towards the bar, through warm shallow pools of water, over firm sand and mud, it bubbles and erupts with life. Half a dozen people were out taking advantage of the low tide to find a little bait for angling and food for the pot. Curiosity got the better of me and I approached a man with his carrier bag of Razor shells for bait to take his young son out angling in the days to come. We fell to musing about the how we could quantify the amount of Razor shells actually present per square metre, there is sure to be an answer somewhere out there! Then I went to talk to two young men who had no English (or pretended not to!)