Barbastelle Bats

It has been a very exciting week as the birds are becoming more vocal in the early Spring weather as things start to warm up. Occasional mild evenings have seen the first emergence of roosting bats and we have a confirmed recording of a barbastelle bat on the estate. This is a small and rare…

Charcoal Production

We’ve extracted the last Chestnut tops from Turnaware. The wood is not suitable for milling but can be cut and split and in this case used for making charcoal. Chestnut firewood tends to spit a lot and is no good for open fires. Charcoal has been produced at Turnaware for several hundred years, we will…

Plantation Management

Monterey Pines have become characteristic of the stretch of the South West Coast Path on the northern bank of the Helford River. The plantations need to be actively managed, although it can seem quite a severe process. Left to their own devices, trees space themselves naturally. Thinning allows the strongest trees to establish more quickly…

Marine Strandings

It’s been a sad week in many ways. Part of our job is to deal with marine strandings in conjunction with Cornwall Marine Strandings Network. We had to recover a common dolphin from Loe beach and a harbour porpoise from Maenporth beach. Both animals were taken to Tremough campus for research purposes. Anyone finding any…

More Bodging

Great to have the regular team turning up, even in the cold weather, their enthusiam and dedication is really coming through in their work. Nice to see da yoof getting stuck in!

Bodgers’ Blog

  The Tremough Campus currach building team made a start last Saturday on a new boat. They completed the first part of the frame construction and, in spite of the cold, made good progress.

Management of Turnaware Woodland

The dry weather over the last couple of weeks has been great for felling and extracting timber. As part of the woodland management work on the SSSI woodland at Turnaware we have removed approximately 25 tonnes of Sweet Chestnut timber for milling and use within the National Trust buildings department and on the estate, and…