Helman Tor – Cornwall’s ancient hillfort turned nature reserve!

This strange rocky tor feels like an island as you approach it through the surrounding marshy ground. Looking up at the jutting outcrops of stones it appears like a castle, a fortress, rising above you into the blue sky. Helman, like the mighty Carn Brea or Trencrom further south, is an example of what has […]

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Scott’s Quay, Constantine – a hidden history

If there is one thing that Cornwall does well, it is hide it’s industrial past. The desolate mining landscapes of 200 years ago have been largely reclaimed by nature and many have become unlikely havens for wildlife and recreation.

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Botanical Art with Scientific Illustration – Review of Sarah Jane Humphrey’s new book

Cornish illustrator Sarah Jane Humphrey Botanical Art

There is something special, satisfying even, about finding beauty in the small things in life. Taking the time to notice the marvellous minutiae of the natural world that surrounds us, especially here in Cornwall where we are blessed with so much wild flora and fauna. Sarah Jane Humphry’s enchanting new book takes us from the […]

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Our Defenceless Monuments: The Threat to Cornwall’s Heritage

Kilmar tor

Cornwall is blessed with a long and fascinating history. Although visitors are often drawn to the county by the so called ‘Poldark effect’ many more are also seeking out our enigmatic prehistoric monuments. I wanted to take a look at the hidden threat to this precious heritage. Cornwall has some of the oldest prehistoric sites […]

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Where to see Bluebells in Cornwall

At this time of year the turning of the seasons heralds the arrival of one of our most enigmatic native flowers – the bluebell. This harsh winter has set them back a little this year but here are a few ideas of places to see them at there best in the next few weeks. Enys […]

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Take a Trip to Looe Island

Looe island

It seems to me that there is nothing quite as romantic as living on your own private island. Looe Island lies just one mile off the Cornish coast but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy summer seaside towns nearby.  It is home to a breath-taking range of wildlife and […]

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