Morte Point farm walk, 7 August

Set against the amazing backdrop of Morte Point, be amazed by the skills of our tenant farmer David Kennard and his TV famous dogs as they round-up the flock.

Join us for a guided walk around this spectacular and dramatic headland, which will give you the chance to see the working dogs in action, ask the shepherd lots of questions about his lifestyle and find out how we manage this wild coastline by juggling the needs of visitors, farmers and wildlife.

Thursday 7 August. 10am-1pm. Adult £5. Child £2.50.Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Meet us at Mortehoe village car park.



Fun in the sun this Summer with National Trust

We have lots of fun-filled family activities to keep you busy this Summer. Click on the ‘coming events’ tab to view our events posters or visit for more information and details.

Rockpool Rambles at Woolacombe: 12, 14 & 26 July, 9, 12, 13, 23, 25 & 28 Aug.
Join the beach rangers to explore the wonderful rockpools of Barricane Beach.
Free event. Call 07512 218241 for times and booking.
Tractor and Trailer Rides: Morte Point: 16, 23 & 30 July, 6, 13, 20 & 27 Aug.
Enjoy the wildlife and legends of this spectacular coastline the easy way.
Adult £4. Child £2. Call 01271 870028 for times and booking.
Fun Fridays at Woolacombe: 25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Aug.
Join the beach rangers for some fun with football, volleyball and giant games.
Free event. Call 07512 218241 for times and booking.
Heddon Valley Fun Days: 31 July, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Aug.
Family fun with the Exmoor rangers from making a bow and arrow, to raft racing, building a campfire or den building. £2 per child. Call 01598 763402 for booking.

See you there!



Exmoor Ranger’s Return

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I have been off work for the last few months enjoying a sabbatical whilst renovating an old lime burner’s cottage on the Exmoor Coast.

My wife and I have now moved in to our new home and I am enjoying a new commute to work. This morning the light was fantastic so I made myself late in and took a few photos to share with you.

It’s nice to be back.



Artist in residence, Bucks Mills Cabin

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Emma Critchley who is the latest artist in residence at Buck Mills Cabin is asking for personal experiences of flooding to inform her current project When the Waters Recede that she is working on in collaboration with White Moose gallery.

Emma Critchley has worked as an underwater image-maker for over ten years. Her latest project is a response to the 1607 floods, the most destructive in British history, that are now generally believed to have been a tsunami. The installations investigate how the floods shifted people’s perception of the world and of their reality – how simple, ordered lives were thrown into chaos without warning. First conceived during the autumn of 2013, Emma’s project has obvious parallels with the recent flooding in the UK.

Emma will be working in the pretty fishing hamlet of Buck Mills on the North Devon coast from 14 to 25 July 2014. The cabin was used as an artist’s studio by Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards from the 1920’s up to the 1970’s. This tiny cabin has been preserved almost exactly as the artists left it over 30 years ago; it is like stepping back in time with even the bric-a-brac still on display

Emma will open the Buck Mills Cabin doors to visitors on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July. She will also welcome visitors by appointment to discuss their personal flood and water-based disaster stories on Friday 18 and Monday 21 July 2014. If you have any stories or experiences you would like to share with Emma or to make an appointment, email her at

White Moose is also hosting a public talk by Emma on Tuesday 15th July at its Barnstaple gallery base, where she will discuss the project and her own involvement in more detail. Details of the event can be found on

This project has been supported by the North Devon AONB Team and has received funding through their Sustainable Development Fund of which we are very grateful.

For further general information about visiting Buck Mills Cabin, contact Justin Seedhouse, National Trust Lead Ranger for Bideford Bay and Hartland on 01237 441976.

Goldcoast Coasteering

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So we were at Goldcoast again this year in the glorious sunshine, shouting about all the amazing work we do!

With films from across the National Trust, and our very own North Devon Coast film, playing to audiences lounging on bean bags, eating popcorn, all in our outdoor cinema, we really got to show off what we are all about.

For those at the festival feeling somewhat more adventorous we teamed up with H2Outdoor to give people the chance to experience National Trust Baggy Point from a whole new angle in the form of coasteering. Clears skies and crystal waters made for a relaxing session… well as relaxing as throwing yourself off 20ft cliffs gets!

The whole festival had a fantastic vibe in the sunshine and was topped off by an awesome perfomance from Newton Faulkner on the main stage on Saturday night.

See you next year Goldcoast!



Woolacombe, Croyde and Mortehoe.



A Trip to Lundy

It was the first day of July and with an early start that morning, my bags were packed and I was heading south for the departure of MS Oldenburg. It was a glorious morning with blue sky and specks of high cloud; I was hoping this weather would last. A two hour boat trip and we arrived on shore at a place the Norsemen called “Puffin Island.” A somewhat steep climb to the top past the only trees on the Island, some mixed broadleaved and Mediterranean-looking pines. We reached the top and arrived outside the village boozer, otherwise known as the Marisco Tavern. A few pints of Lundy Light ale sounded good but it was lunch then straight to work! We trekked north and began to survey the heathland. A few hours later, thanks to the ladies from West Cornwall NT, a delicious meal to end the day, whilst us blokes (myself, Matt Hunt and Josh Day) took to washing up!

The next day was beautiful again, I felt refreshed from a good sleep and began to pick up different plant species and grass types common on Lundy’s grassland; such as tormentil, Yorkshire fog (or ‘Irish Mist,’ according to Matt), bird’s foot truffle, trefoil rather, bell heather, thrift, and the usual masses of bracken, gorse (including western gorse) and fern. I did see the famous ‘Lundy Cabbage’ too. After a long day of surveying, and the absence of trees, my face was as red as Sir Alex Ferguson’s with United losing in extra time. Either way, this didn’t deter me from going for a midnight walk and star-gazing some immensely clear Lundy skies. I spotted three shooting stars and a satellite, quite spectacular!

Thursday was cloudy with a biting wind, but this didn’t deter us from yet more quadrats! I certainly enjoyed the bangers and mash that the ladies kindly cooked for everyone that evening! Friday was dull – the wind picked up further and come the afternoon, the heavens opened. I decided to walk to the far north end of the Island, to the shock of some of my colleagues. 2 and a half miles and the North shore I had reached. The waves crashed against the rocks and the skies dropped buckets of rain. I took some photos and headed home. I’ve never been so drenched but it was just water. Later that evening, the team descended on the tavern and I enjoyed a few pints of Lundy Light and some tender venison. I also met someone wearing a t-shirt of one of my favourite bands, a Finnish metal band I’ve seen live….I was the only metalhead he’d met on the Island! Forget ‘one direction;’ this is proper music, like Metallica at Glasto!

Saturday looked good, and I decided to head north once again in better conditions. Finally after a good 5 mile round walk, I reached the harbour and enjoyed the sun and sea views with Matt and Josh. Josh went for a swim with the seals (literally) and Matt went fishing before we set sail for the mainland.

I had a great time on Lundy; I find the Island’s history fascinating and learnt many plant species. I gained an insight into surveying, courtesy of the efforts of Janet Lister, who I thank for being chief organiser of this great trip. It was also great meeting Rachel, Laura, Charlotte and Josh and I wish them good luck for the future.

I’ll now attach a slideshow of pictures I took whilst on Lundy. Thanks for reading.

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Day 1 – High Brown and Dark Green Fritillary hunting…


If you are interested in butterflies take a look at Liz’s blog.

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Ten individuals, two cars, a surplus of nets and perfect > 16 oC weather…we were set up for the first big collaborative butterfly data collection of the season, and I was a new addition!

If you have ever been to Ladie’s Mile slope, it’s south facing steepness with its mosaics and wavy bracken, Common Dog’s Violet, pop-up thistles and leg scratching bramble, you would soon realise this is the perfect habitat for the High Brown Fritillary an Dark green…suffice to say, we found them! A male, female and many others we could not catch! Jenny Plackett (Butterfly Conservation) running the show with Matthew Oates (National Trust) were the brains of all knowledge regarding these butterflies. A net, pot and ID sheet was all you needed and a good sense of humour in demonstration.

How to distinguish them:

1. High Brown – Under wing strip of brown dots with a silver…

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