Lands End Cycle Hire

I wouldn’t class myself as A Cyclist. I have my own hybrid bike which I enjoy riding on from time to time, but I lack clever gadgets and specialist Lycra clothing – padded bum shorts aside. However whenever I do get out there and find myself bowling along with the wind at my back, listening to the birds tweeting and …

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snowdrops

Talk of mental health and self care never seems to be too far away these days, and with good reason. While I would never presume to have any specialist knowledge, there appears to be a worrying epidemic of debilitating mental health issues affecting people in this country, from children to people in their twilight years. It’s not hard to see …

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Porthgwarra cove

Once the majority of visitors have departed, and the long pull to Christmas with its shortening days and increasing gales is over, January is in some ways my favourite time of year. Daylight is almost imperceptibly growing again and we often find that gales and rain take a break for a while. We have grown used to the colours mainly …

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Written on Apr, 10, 2018 by in ,

  Arriving at Penzance on a windy, damp evening when the waves are breaking over the railway line and most things are grey, you might be forgiven for feeling that it was a long journey for not much reward. On the other hand, you might be lucky enough to arrive as the sailing dinghies are doing their evening racing, when …

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The phenomenon of lone bottlenose dolphins is a much studied and curious one. Occasionally these individuals show up and will habitually frequent an area or areas, and they capture the public’s imagination with their sociable nature and apparent willingness to interact with humans. Just in the thirteen years we have been running Marine Discovery we have encountered the dolphins known …

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Written on Feb, 17, 2018 by in ,

Many of you will know that we collect data for research during our wildlife watching trips. We use this data to better understand Mount’s Bay and the animals who use the bay. Understanding how, why and when animals use certain habitats is essential in conservation. The key things it demonstrates are: 1. Data collected in a systematic, robust manner by …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2017 by in , ,

Over the past few years more and more Atlantic bluefin tuna have been sighted off the coasts of the British Isles. This includes off Shearwater II, and we have seen magnificent displays of feeding bluefin tuna during the late summer and autumn since 2015. As well as working at Marine Discovery I’m a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter …

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Duncan talking about harbour porpoises for the latest episode of the Wild West Cork film series. He was interviewed whilst out in Ireland with his Marine Science students back in March.

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Written on May, 15, 2017 by in ,

We recently worked on a paper with science officer Marijke de Boer detailing last year’s encounter with a bowhead whale, which happened a year ago today, and relating it to other sightings in Brittany and Ireland. The paper has finally been published in the journal of Aquatic Mammals: http://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/index.php… De Boer, MN, Jones, D., Jones, H. (2017). Ocean Wanderers – …

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Written on Nov, 27, 2016 by in ,

This summer we were lucky enough to be given a hydrophone to test and use. The hydrophone was provided by Seiche. Seiche is an innovative company based in North Devon working mainly in the area of passive acoustic monitoring and they offer training, consultancy and project work. Passive acoustic monitoring involves listening for cetaceans in order to protect them from …

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