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The National Trust's latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Posted on Tuesday 24th March, 2020

The National Trust's latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19).

National Trust car parks will be closed by the end of Tuesday (March 24) in a further attempt to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and to encourage the public to stay local and observe social distancing.

The move comes as the Trust ramps up its efforts to help the nation fight the spread of the virus, which has already seen it temporarily close its houses, shops, cafes, parks and gardens. 

Director General Hilary McGrady said:

“Following the scenes we saw at the weekend, where visitors travelled to coast and countryside, it is really important that we do all we can to discourage travel, and ask people instead to stay local and observe social distancing as guided by the government. It is so important that people stay at home. We must all work together and not see a repeat of those weekend scenes.

“There is so much the public can do at home, and over the coming weeks our website, social media feeds, podcasts and video will become even more important, ensuring the places of nature, beauty and history that we care for on behalf of the nation can remain open for business virtually while we are temporarily closed.

“We will also be ramping up our efforts to help people connect with nature wherever they are and to find moments of joy in the world around them. We will be providing rich content and staying in touch with our members and followers throughout this time.”

Further information can be found at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk 

Adorable lynx born at Newquay Zoo

Posted on Thursday 5th September, 2019

Adorable lynx born at Newquay Zoo

 Visitors at Newquay Zoo have been meeting its newest resident – a cute, fluffy Carpathian lynx kitten.

Born on 5th July, the unsexed kitten has been out of public view and keeping very close to mum Kicsi.

Known to be secretive animals, in the wild Carpathian lynx tend to hide in dense shrubs and bushes, often only appearing at dusk and dawn. This behaviour can make them hard to spot – even in a zoo.

The Cornish charity zoo is part of a European breeding programme for Carpathian lynx, with many breeding successes in the past few years, including last year’s set of twins, Toma and Codrin, who recently moved to Green Dragon Eco Farm in Buckinghamshire.

Staff at Newquay Zoo are over the moon with the birth of this cute ball of fluff. Senior Carnivore Keeper Mike Downman said: ‘Another amazing breeding success for our lynx! The kitten is looking strong, healthy and is extremely playful. We’re very excited to see what the future holds for this little one.’

Carpathian lynx have very distinctive features with black tufts on their ears, a patterned coat with dark spots and a long white facial ruff. Part of the Eurasian lynx family, they are the largest of all lynx species and the third largest predator in Europe.

 

Caribbean Flamingo Chick born at Paradise Park

Posted on Monday 2nd September, 2019

Caribbean Flamingo Chick born at Paradise Park

The first ever Caribbean Flamingo chick born at Paradise Park in Hayle is being hand-reared by keepers.

Director Alison Hales comments “We love our flamingo group, and were delighted when two eggs were laid this summer. However one egg was infertile and then the second pair stopped incubating about a week too early. Keepers decided to put the egg in an incubator not knowing if it would hatch, but within days the egg started chirping! The chick hatched successfully on 19th August – it’s early days but so far it’s growing well on two-hourly feeds of a special ‘fish soup’ prepared by Keeper Becky.”

Keeper Becky Waite explains “We are so excited to have a Caribbean flamingo chick. Our flock was very small until last Summer when five arrived from Slimbridge Wetland Centre. With a bigger flock size we were in a stronger position to achieve breeding success. One pair did lay an egg earlier in the summer which sadly was not fertile. But this did trigger the flock to build nests. The shallow pond area is an ideal location as the mud is the perfect building material.”

You can watch a video clip here: https://youtu.be/4yCHqTYtE0M

PLEASE NOTE: He (or she, we don’t know yet) is not out for visitors to see but may be spotted out on the lawn of Glanmor House in the centre of the Park for short periods of exercise.

Becky continues “Both parents were hatched at Chester Zoo in July 2002, so are 17 years old. They came to Paradise Park in 2004. This egg was laid on 20th July and hatched on 19th August, so took 31 days to incubate. Due to the parents having stopped incubating the egg a few days before it was due to hatch, we stepped in and put the egg in an incubator. For the first few days I am feeding the chick every two hours between 6am and 10pm.”

Flamingos form strong pair bonds, and just one egg is laid with both male and female feeding the chick on a special ‘crop milk’. They are long lived birds that can reach the age of 40, and able to breed from age 6.

Endangered lemur born at Newquay Zoo

Posted on Friday 5th July, 2019

Endangered lemur born at Newquay Zoo

A crowned lemur has been born at Newquay Zoo.

The conservation charity is home to a small group of crowned lemurs (a species classed as Endangered), with the latest addition being born to first time mum Beloha and dad Xavier on 23rd May.

The Cornish zoo last bred crowned lemurs back in 2016. Curator of animals John Meek commented: “We are thrilled to welcome this cute bundle of joy as it is a great effort towards the conservation of this Endangered species.

“The population of crowned lemurs is dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. This, paired with the fact that they are native to only Northern Madagascar, means that there is a real possibility that the species could become Extinct in the Wild. So it’s become extremely important for zoos to hold this species.”

Beloha is keeping her unnamed and unsexed youngster close for the time being. However, once a crowned lemur reaches adulthood they can be easily identified through their colouration. Females are predominantly grey and males are a reddish brown. Both have an orange crown pattern on the top of their head, which is where the ‘crowned’ name comes from. Beloha and her baby can be spotted climbing through the trees in the Madagascan Walkthrough exhibit. 

 

Glendurgan Maze fundraisers raise over £12,000 thanks to Barclays

Posted on Thursday 23rd May, 2019

Glendurgan Maze fundraisers raise over £12,000 thanks to Barclays

The National Trust’s project to restore Glendurgan’s maze has been given a generous helping hand by quiz enthusiasts and Barclays.

Barclays ‘Test the Team,’ a one-off event in support of Glendurgan’s garden maze restoration appeal, invited local supporters and suppliers to join an interactive quiz. 21 teams took part in the quiz, which, along with sponsorship, raffle prizes and auction prizes donated by local businesses  , raised over £6000. Everything donated on the evening was generously doubled by Barclays, with every pound going straight into the restoration ofthe historic maze. This brought the fundraising total of the event to an impressive £12,495.

Jon Cummins, Visitor Experience Manager for The National Trust at Glendurgan,Trelissick and Trerice says ‘the historic maze is an incredibly special feature, one of its kind in Cornwall, and is one we continue to take great pride in looking after. The quiz evening in partnership with Barclays was a fantastic event. It was humbling to spend the evening with people who were so enthusiastic in donating, bidding and raising funds, all of which helps ensure the future of the maze for generations to come.’

The National Trust’s four year restoration project of Glendurgan’s maze is now inits second year and will reinstate the historic puzzle back to good health,ensuring it continues to cope with the 90,000 or so visitors walking its winding paths every year. Some of the vital work has been undertaken throughout the winter months while Glendurgan was closed, so as not to impact on visitor enjoyment, meaning the maze will remain open to visitors throughout the rest of the restoration project. Each of the maze’s 173 wooden steps will be individually replaced with robust stone, and new durable paths will be laid.The hedges, while trimmed annually each June to keep them looking neat, will be restored to their former glory by cutting them back a few inches further,removing any dead stems and encouraging healthy new growth.

Glendurgan’s maze was originally planted in the 1830s by Quakers Alfred and Sarah Fox to entertain their growing family, and has ‘a series of irregular, winding walks that remind us of life, where we may go wrong in a multitude of ways, but right in only one.’ Taking inspiration from the maze at Sydney Gardens in Bath, which sadly no longer survives, much of the cherry laurel hedge contains the original plantings established by the Foxes.

Ongoing fundraising continues for the maze appeal with money being raised at Glendurgan through raffle ticket sales from the main entrance building and in the volunteer-led fish cellar building at the bottom of the garden in Durgan village. Every £1 raffle ticket purchased is worth another £1 in National Trust matched funding. Donations are welcomed by the National Trust at the property, and online donations can be made via nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-maze

Glendurgan is open daily Tuesday – Sunday with the maze open to all to visit (admission prices apply or join the National Trust membership scheme).

 

Picture Credit: SkyFly Video

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