The Lizard - inspires literature
One of the great things about being a geographer is that it is an inherently interdisciplinary subject. Being a geographer is like having a passport and living in an intellectual world where there are no visa restrictions: you can roam wherever you please. My particular geographical interests have been shaped by a lifelong interest in and love of English literature. In fact, my first degree combined the two.
Just recently I was asked by the poet Alyson Hallett (http://www.thestonelibrary.com/news.html) to write the introduction to a new collection of poetry inspired by and written on the Lizard with fellow poet Penelope Shuttle. It is called LZRD. As Alyson describes the collection, "just two women poets having adventures on the Lizard, and writing poems based on that - often in storms when the sea has been wild, just giving ourselves over to that jut of land".
Working in Partnership for Nature
SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017 - GOONHILLY EARTH STATION, THE LIZARD, CORNWALL.
Croft Pascoe Pool & Goonhilly
We are really pleased to open the booking for this year's Cornwall AONB Conference.
The theme of this year's conference is 'Working in Partnership for Nature' and is a key event in a season of events to celebrate the extension of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. We are delighted to announce that this year's keynote speakers will be,
It’s Chough Watch time
April is the month Cornwall’s Chough Watchers look forward to. Time to get out of the house, abandon any gardening or DIY plans and escape to the cliffs. The Watchers keep the choughs safe as they nest and help keep track of their progress through the breeding season each year. As well as the Lizard’s very own pair, at least twelve other pairs are being monitored around the Cornish coast this spring. Over winter one pair that attempted to breed last year disappeared, but their site has already been adopted. People talk of ‘historic’ nest sites for various species, and it really is true of choughs.
Help us celebrate the new NNR extension
When I first started as a National Trust ranger on the Lizard almost 20 years ago, we would discuss with our colleagues at Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and our shared aspirations to extend the National Nature Reserve to include much of the NT, CWT and Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society (CBWPS) land. Indeed, it was this aspiration which originally brought the ‘Linking the Lizard’ partnership together. Now, thanks to this partnership, that dream is now a reality and in 2016, the Lizard National Nature Reserve was extended by almost 500ha of wonderful coast, heath and farmland, land managed primarily for its incredible wealth of wildlife.
Awesome wildlife experiences on our doorstep!
Late autumn on the Lizard coastline can be a wild time and, for grey seal mums, major life events are unfolding beneath steep cliffs edged by crashing waves. Hardy volunteers from Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) brave the elements daily to protect our seals at this important time. Such intense research studies reveal fascinating insights into the lives of these precious marine mammals – Cornwall’s speciality marine species. The stories that unfold can be a magical experience for all – never to be forgotten.
Calling Botanists for Survey Days in June Please
We are looking for botanists of all abilities to help with the first repeat of our 4-yearly quadrat survey on the Lizard National Nature Reserve. If you fancy getting involved in a few days of sun-drenched (not guaranteed), unique botanising (guaranteed) then this could be for you. It is a bit of a botanical jamboree with about 40 botanists taking part – half from Natural England and half local naturalists.
Since 2011 over 850 volunteers from NE and our partner organisations have participated in vegetation surveys on Long Term Monitoring Network (LTMN) sites. The Lizard NNR is part of this network and is due to be resurveyed this year from the 20th June – 23rd June (inclusive). The survey will help us to understand how changes in the natural environment relate to climate change, air pollution and land management and we'd like to invite you to take part.