Note: Bird (noun/slang/Cornish colloquial ) A familiar term for a female friend or relation.

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth Dale and I am a Cornish freelance writer, blogger and podcaster. I was born on a farm near Falmouth and I can trace my family tree in Cornwall all the way back to 1550. And I am more than a little proud of that heritage.

I spent 9 years travelling the world, visiting more than 50 countries. But when I came home I realised that some of the best stories and most beautiful sunsets are found right on my doorstep in Cornwall. I wanted to share that with visitors and locals alike, so the Cornish Bird Blog was born!

My writing is about bringing together the lesser known stories of Cornish history and Cornish folk and sharing them with anyone who is interested, because if we don’t record those stories they will be lost forever and a little piece of ourselves will be lost too.

Part of my aim has always been to preserve local heritage and our cultural history. To tell Cornwall’s untold stories.

I write regularly for local publications including My Cornwall magazine and the Falmouth Packet as well as providing content for local websites. If you would like me to write something for you or review your event, book and business please just get in touch.

Below are some testimonials from some of the people I have worked with:

In 2020 and 2021 I had the opportunity to provide research for and also contribute to the BBC Radio Four series The Wedding Detectives. I was also a guest contributor for ITV’s Julia Bradbury’s Cornwall & Devon Walks and Channel 5’s Fern Britton’s My Cornwall and Devon and Cornwall Walks with Michael Portillo.

I have a First Class degree in Journalism and Creative Writing and I am now a freelance writer, producing articles for local and national magazines and websites.

Brands I have worked with:

If you have a story you want told or would just like to contact me, please drop me a line:


Or take a look at more of my professional writing HERE

You can also check out my Media Kit 2020.

I provide all the content on this blog completely free, there’s no subscription fee. If however you enjoy my work and would like to contribute something towards helping me keep researching Cornwall’s amazing history and then sharing it with you then you can donate below. Thank you!

Please note: I am not a professional historian, all the research is my own and I have formed my own opinions and stories from it – nothing should be taken as 100% fact.

All content, both text and images, belongs to me and cannot be reproduced or copied without my consent.

22 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello thanks for clicking to follow and liking my blog posts and liking my IG pictures….I look forward to reading your future blogs!!

  2. I look forward to reading – and learning – much more about the area I’ve made my home recently. Your blog is much more entertaining and informative than any number of Tourist tat websites πŸ™‚

  3. I am so pleased to have come across your blog! I have visited Cornwall for some 30 years now as my father lives down there. I have recently rediscovered the wealth of stone circles and stone crosses in West Penwith and shall continue to try to find them all and photograph them. Thanks for such informative articles I shall look forward to seeing them pop into my in box in the future!

  4. Hello – I landed here after you liked a post on my site – it’s lovely to meet someone who appreciates their local landscape and history so deeply. Your blog has a lovely personal feel to it.

    1. Hello thank you very much for the follow and I am glad you like my blog, it is taking over my life a little but it does come from a life time of loving where I come from! πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Great blog, makes me miss home, I traveled around Cornwall much as a chef and have some places for you to explore!! If you can get to the valley of Trenython Manor, they are nice you can ask for permission…In the valley a forgotton smugglers cave or perhaps the resting place for King Mark as the valley is called Lampetho (valley of the dead). Talland Bay has some great stories too and the wreck at Sharpnose Point πŸ˜‰

  6. Hi, just to let you know that I’ve tagged you in the ‘Blue Skies Challenge’. I love your blog and just wanted to show my support, but won’t feel offended if you’d rather not take part as I know it does take time πŸ™‚

  7. First of all I’m a massive fan of the Blog. It’s a wonderful repository of local history that adds yet more romance, intrigue and wonder to an already fascinating collection of weird and wonderful places. I do however have one tiny bone to pick. In Cornwall (or at least ’round Truro, Redruth and Camborne) “Bird” is non gender specific and can be used by and to anyone. Sorry. it’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine but any’ow you doin’ sum fiddy job with the witin arn’ee Bird. Bleddy ansom tis, Right on. Cheers n gone.

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