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Saturday, 25 June 2011


CoaST are working on the European Project called STEPPA (Sustainable Tourism in Entrepreneurship in Protected Areas); comparing sustainable practices in National Parks and Protected Areas in Europe and investigating how we can improve such important practices.

Most of our visitors come to Cornwall for the environment and visit one or more of the 12 distinctive Cornwall Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) during their stay. We would like to ask your visitors a few questions about their ideas and thoughts about how we can develop sustainable tourism in those beautiful protected areas so the environment remains beautiful!

We are now conducting a short survey, only takes 2 minutes of your time, and would really appreciate it if you could fill in an online questionnaire. It would be great if loads of you could fill in the form and we can produce a fantastic result from Cornwall! The deadline is 31st July 2011.

The link to the Survey:

Thank you so much for your participation.

COOL RUNNING...for a little while!

Good luck today to participants in the Endurance Life Classic Quarter; a merry romp along the cliff tops from The Lizard to Lands End.

The Endurancelife Classic Quarter Ultra Marathon was first hosted in 2007 with great success. The idea for the event was originally conjured up by an enterprising Cornish businessman, surfer and ‘reluctant' endurance athlete one day whilst out on his regular local trail running route, around Lizard Point. From the point, he could just make out Lands End in the far distance, and he wondered.., he wondered whether he might be able to run there, in one day, non stop? He concluded that with some proper training and a good dose of bloody mindedness, it could be done. He also concluded that it would be a great way to raise some funds for a very worthy organisation, Cornwall Hospice Care. Endurancelife were asked to get the event off the ground and the 'Classic Quarter' was born.

The challenge is brutally simple. To run between dawn and dusk from the southern most point, to the western most tip of Cornwall (and of course England), along the legendary South West Coast Path! That translates to running a quarter of the compass from Lizard Point to Lands End non-stop, hence the name.

The course follows 44 miles of the mesmerising SW Coast Path with innumerable s teep climbs and descents. This is the ultimate trail runner’s rush, with spectacular exposure and challenging terrain, all a stones throw away from the gently lapping, or potentially pounding Atlantic swells. There is also the unpredictable weather to contend with along the way, every runner must be well prepared mentally and physically.

The Classic Quarter can be undertaken as a relay team of two or four, or as an epic solo effort by the intrepid and well prepared lone runner. Last year the atmosphere of keen and friendly rivalry was a highlight, with the relay category being contested right up the final couple of miles.

In the first year, 60 brave souls set off from Lizzard point in a howling westerly gale, it was an epic day and resulted in £3000 being raised for the Hospices. Over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised, and a record 205 runners signed up for the 2010 event.
We are happy to host a number of the runners here at Lower Treave and wish them well.....forecast for today, a dull misty start, but brightening by lunchtime to be warm and sunny!


Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Why not make your way to Chapel Carn Brea on Wednesday night to join other skywatchers viewing a full lunar eclipse! Amateur astronomers from The Lands End Observatory Network will be there from dusk until midmight to talk you through the experience...and we'll leave the gate open until 1215am so you can get vehicles back on site (quietly please).

Time to check for hairs on the palms of your hands!


Thursday, 2 June 2011


Great spot from Mike Clayton-Harding camping down at the far end of Lower Treave. Last night he both saw and heard a Nightjar!

Nightjars are nocturnal birds and can be seen hawking for food at dusk and dawn. With pointed wings and long tails their shape is similar to a kestrel or cuckoo. Their cryptic, grey-brown, mottled, streaked and barred plumage provides ideal camouflage in the daytime. They have an almost supernatural reputation with their silent flight and their mythical ability to steal milk from goats; hence the alternative name. The first indication that a nightjar is near is usually the male's churring song, rising and falling with a ventriloquial quality.

Also on Mike's list of sightings at Lower Treave this year are Hen Harrier and Cuckoo (not to be mistaken for a goatsucker).