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Badger Watch!

Monday 18th June, 2018

Badger Watch!

Naturally shy and nervous, badgers don't deserve their reputation of being aggressive animals and it is their retiring and wary nature that makes them difficult to spot for wildlife enthusiasts.  Unfortunately, these animals need to be cautious, as most people’s sightings of badgers are lifeless at the roadside with around 50,000 adult badgers and cubs killed on British roads annually. Add in the threat to the badger population of illegal badger baiting and loss of their natural environments due to human activity – the survival of this iconic British mammal is an issue.

Thankfully, badgers are safeguarded by a number of laws, most importantly the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which has made badger baiting and digging illegal. These laws make it an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct badger setts with heavy fines and prison sentences for anyone convicted and the good news is that this protection has encouraged the previously declining badger population in the UK to dramatically increase.

Working hard to encourage the right environment for badgers to thrive, at Landal Gwel an Mor we are fortunate to have three active setts onsite at the resort, with one in particular right next to our Feadon Farm wildlife centre. The badgers from this sett regularly come to our feeding station and often recorded on our trail cameras as well as being observed by lucky visitors on our Badger Watch, where visitors get to learn all about these magnificent woodland creatures.

This time of year is a particularly good time for spotting badgers on our watches as the surviving young will be out and about foraging with the sow, the female badger. Sadly, nearly 50% of cubs never live long enough to see the outside world so it is a delight to see the young out of their set and healthy.

The Badger Watches at Feadon Farm run all year round and we like to do things a bit different here.  No crouching in the woods in the rain, our badger experiences involve sitting in a warm, dry hide drinking hot chocolate and eating cake. Whilst waiting for the badgers to emerge to snack on the peanuts we have provided, there is video footage to watch and learn the habits of our badgers from previous nights. Seeing badgers for the first time and watching them going about their natural activities is a truly memorable and unique experience. For really lucky visitors to Feadon Farm, the badgers often get extremely close for observation – just inches away - as they will come up and lick peanut butter from the hide window, which is a truly unforgettable happening. 

To join a Feadon Farm Badger Watch or any of their other ranger guided wildlife experiences call 01209 842354 - wildlife activities are £8 for kids, £13 for adults

June at Feadon Farm

Monday 11th June, 2018

June at Feadon Farm

Feadon Farm is a one stop shop for exciting and inspiring wildlife experiences, we have something for everyone of any age. One of the things we pride ourselves on here is the opportunity for local school children to spend a day at Feadon Farm learning all about our British Wildlife.

June is a great month for guests and the public to book on to one of our Night Walk activities. It is an excellent time of year to see wild bats, foxes, badgers and deer. To be able to see them at night we use thermal imaging and a high-powered lamp. Part of the Night Walk also involves flying our barn owl in the dark, and meeting some of resident animals like the foxes, bats, hedgehogs and more.

June is a quite a busy period for the wildlife centre, as well as caring daily for the animals we have a lot of school visits scheduled. School visits are becoming more and more popular as the word gets out about our unique experiences.  A school day visit includes a short walk down into Feadon woods looking at badger sets and trails, tawny owl nest or chicks depending on the time of year, listening to and working out which wild birds you can hear singing. The children then get to meet and fly birds of prey such as Sly one of our Barn Owls, meet and stroke our four foxes, if they are lucky maybe even get a kiss from one. This section of the visit is particularly important as it gives us a chance to explain to people about this most misunderstood of our British animals. The reality of foxes is that it’s not a savage killer but just a predator doing what it needs to do to survive.

Headlines in newspapers such as child bitten by a Fox is understandably quite frightening to read, however these situations are extremely rare. Children bitten by dogs, which is a common occurrence, doesn’t make headlines unless sadly it is quite an extreme incident that is because it’s to common place to be worth publishing and making the news. There are no reported (human) deaths by foxes yet an average of three people are killed by dogs annually in the UK, numerous deaths caused by horses and seventy-four people have been killed by cattle in the last 15 years. Even more bizarre is the fact that two people are killed annually by vending machines.

Anyway, back to our wonderful school visits. During their day children also get up close and personal to other wildlife such as toads, snakes and even our bats, like Maisy one of our long-eared bats, as she flies over the children’s heads. Many children have never seen a bat let alone one up close and it is wonderful to see their faces as they experience it. Whether you know exactly what you want or need a little inspiration, we make it easier than ever to plan an educational and unforgettable trip. We can also create tailor made educational trips to your specification and cover any topic (e.g. how animals adapt to their habitats), all you have to do is get in touch and we’ll plan, book and deliver an educational and engaging trip perfect for your students. Group rates and free teacher places are also available. Get out of the classroom today!

To book a visit to Feadon Farm please call 01209 842354. Wildlife activities are £8 for kids and £13 for adults. Click here to find out more

Top 5 Poldark filming locations in Cornwall

Thursday 7th June, 2018

Top 5 Poldark filming locations in Cornwall

Poldark is back! We can't wait to see Poldark return for the fourth series - we'll be glued to our screens at 9pm on Sunday 10th June. We were lucky enough to have the the cast and crew stay with us during filming so Poldark has a special place in our hearts here at Landal Gwel an Mor. Here are our top 5 filming locations, all just a short hop from us...

Predannack Wollas

If you've admired the scenery (not just the actors!) while the cast gallop across windswept cliffs then this is the perfect place for you to explore. Take a walk on the wild side and you'll discover these quiet headlands are home to sea birds, wildflowers and sweeping coastal views.

Porthgwarra

One of the most picture perfect places in Cornwall, and that's saying something! A tiny fishing cove with a rock tunnel (where Ross Poldark kept his boat), crystal clear waters (from THAT swimming scene!), beautiful boats and seals to spot! 

Wheal Coates & St Agnes Head

These cliff top mine buildings and headlands are instantly recognisable from many scenes in Poldark, including the opening titles and the cliff-hanger at the end of series one. Stand on the spot where Demelza gazes out to sea or explore 'Nampara Valley' or stroll around the old mine works.

Charlestown

This beautiful harbour is the star of many TV shows and films including Poldark where it stands in for both Truro and Falmouth. With its square rigger ships moored up alongside the quay and the quaint cottages leading down to the sea it's a great spot for an ice cream and a wander on a sunny afternoon.

Poldark Mine

Take a guided tour to explore the underground passages of this mine and get a feel for mining life. The narrow passages and caves of this mine were the perfect filming location for the underground scenes.

If you'd like to be chauffeured around the county in style and shown all the hidden locations from Poldark then take a peek at our Poldark tours

Why not escape to Landal Gwel an Mor and discover the beautiful filming locations for yourself? You can even stay in Aidan or Eleanor's lodge! Stay before 21st July and you'll also get 20% off. Click here to find out more about our Poldark breaks

New Lakeside Lodges

Monday 4th June, 2018

New Lakeside Lodges

Exciting news! We have new lodges coming to Landal Gwel an Mor! These ten beautiful studio lodges will be set around the edge of Clover Lake, a peaceful setting with lake and countryside views - some even have glimpses of the sea. They are being built at the moment and will be available from this summer - keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for more information on when they will be available to book.
 
Each Lakeside Lodge has either double or twin beds, a bathroom, open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, outdoor decking and some will even have two person hot tubs.
 
Perfect for romantic breaks, golf breaks or short breaks, you will be able to book these lodges for any length of stay, even just 1 night.
 
Click here to find out more and see more images of the interiors

Top 5 Places to see Bluebells in Cornwall

Monday 28th May, 2018

Top 5 Places to see Bluebells in Cornwall

Spring in Cornwall brings hedgerows bursting with wildflowers and woodland floors packed with bluebells. We've picked our top 5 places to see bluebells in Cornwall...

Tehidy Woods

Just a short stroll or cycle from Gwel an Mor you'll find the peaceful woods of Tehidy, at their best in spring when the bluebells are out. Explore 9 miles of paths and over 250 acres of woodland and lakes. 

Lanhydrock

A great day out – visit the amazing stately home, stroll around the tranquil gardens and wander through the woodland and along the banks of the Fowey River to see acres of bluebells

Enys Gardens

30 acres of gardens near Penryn that are famous for their annual show of bluebells

Godolphin House & Gardens

A National Trust treasure, take a walk up Godolphin Hill and explore the 16th century gardens and woodland of the estate – little has changed for hundreds of years and the woods are filled with a carpet of bluebells.

Glendurgan Garden

An amazing valley filled with sub-tropical plants, leading down to the banks of the Helford. From bluebells under the trees to a maze, giant swing and a beach for paddling, this one has it all.

Got some lovely piccies of bluebells in Cornwall? Hop over to our Facebook page to share them...

What's On in Cornwall this May Half Term

Friday 25th May, 2018

What's On in Cornwall this May Half Term

The weather is warm, the school holidays are here and we’re looking forward to lots of happy little faces around the resort. We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Cornwall for May half term…

Steam Day at East Pool Mine

Take a ride behind a traction engine, see working steam models as well as card model making and dressing up. Tuesday 29th May.

Feadon Farm

Meet Mavis the fox cub and her foxy friends, fly owls and birds of prey, uncover critters in rockpools or watch badgers come out in the dark. There is so much fun at Feadon Farm this half term. There are several sessions daily, call 01209 842354. Feadon Farm activities are £8 for kids and £13 for adults. Open to guests and locals.

Family Storytelling Walks at Godolphin

Join a storytelling walk and discover what life would have been like at Godolphin when it was bustling with farm activity! An interactive walk around the grounds of Godolphin near Helston with storyteller Mark Harandon exploring the stories of Godolphin’s agricultural past.

Go Active at Gwel an Mor!

From splashing around in our toasty warm indoor pool at a Sea Scooters session to bouncing and rolling in a Body Zorb, learning new Fencing skills and more! Click here to see session times or call 01209 842354. Open to guests and locals.

Meet Paddington at Lappa Valley

Everyone’s favourite bear will be stopping off at Lappa Valley Steam Railway! Enjoy a steam train ride, crazy golf, toddler maze and lots of outdoor play areas and nature walks.

Base Camp

If the sun hides away then head to Base Camp at Gwel an Mor – one of Cornwall’s best indoor activity centres. With 2,000 square feet of soft play, ten indoor climbing walls and a great café there is something to suit all the family. Click here to discover more. Open to guests and locals.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Bring teddy for stories, music and family fun at Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railaway. All aboard!

The Famous Nine Golf Course

Get a round in at our par 3 nine hole golf course, inspired by some of the most famous golf holes from around the world. Join our Golf Academy on Monday 28th May to improve your game with our Golf Pro, take in the sea views and sunsets with our half price twilight sessions offer, or indulge with a round of golf and two course lunch at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant for just £25 with our Golf & Dine offer. Golf course open every day from 9am. Open to guests and locals.

Tudor Costume Day at Trerice House

Step back in time to 16th century Cornwall – try on recreated Tudor clothes and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful National Trust property near Newquay.

Clover Fishing Lake

While away a sunny afternoon by our peaceful coarse fishing lake. Fully stocked with carp and tench and with 12 brand new swims, it’s the perfect place to spend the day. Click here to find out more. Open to guests and locals.

Camel Creek

Meet the Gruffalo, take part in a treasure hunt, meet Meerkats and enjoy the thrills and spills of the theme park!

 

Discover Feadon Farm

Monday 21st May, 2018

Discover Feadon Farm

Inspiring and captivating, Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre is home to a whole host of fascinating animals. Run by a dedicated team of staff, full of enthusiasm about passing their knowledge onto visitors, Feadon Farm was created to connect people with the nature that surrounds them. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, the centre focuses on British wildlife and conservation through ranger-led guided experiences where children and adults can get close –up and hands on with a range of animals.

The centre features a whole host of British native species including grass snakes, adders, slow worms, toads, harvest mice, all three species of British vole, red foxes, stoats, barn owls, snowy owl, eagle owl and a rescued Buzzard. Activities are created for visitors to interact and relate to the animals in the most memorable and extraordinary of ways, whether that is hand feeding and stroking a fox, flying a Barn owl, observing wild badgers or exploring nocturnal animals on a night walk.

Headed up by Gary Zammit, the non-profit Feadon Farm was started in 2007 when the former Duchy College site was sold to Bill Haslam who had plans to create Gwel an Mor with the farm to be an integral part of the resort’s future. The concept of the farm was a dream of Gary’s, who after working as a keeper in a zoo in France, was frustrated with people’s lack interest in their native wildlife. Years later while working for the Duchy College in Portreath, he saw the opportunity to convert the site to a British wildlife centre, concentrating on education and conservation.   

 “The animals allow us to connect with our visitors in a much more profound way and our belief is that if you want people to care about our wildlife, then they need to develop an emotional attachment with it and we sincerely believe we do that here” Commented Gary Zammit, Manager and lead ranger at Feadon Farm. “Our staff are all passionate about our animals and wildlife in general and that shines through in all we do. We have three full time employed staff - myself, Kirstie and Andrew - and an amazing group of volunteers and work experience students”

The team’s work at Feadon Farm is not about cuddling animals all day as there is a huge amount of work to be done in caring for the animals, the educational side of the farm, managing the conservation onsite along with responding to urgent calls on people who need advice on wildlife – such as there is a badger in my shed, what should I do? Leading the farm’s activities with visitors and guests is also a big part of the job , where people are introduced to the resident reindeer, foxes, barn owl and much more.

“My job, for anyone who knows me, will know it’s not work – this really is my life. I get to talk to people about wildlife and I also get to interact with the animals a lot as I lead the activities. Today I am sitting in the sunshine, writing this article whilst there are swallows flying overhead, a song thrush singing in the woods and I have a rescued fox cub on my lap – so I am in my element” said Gary Zammit.

To book a visit to Feadon Farm please call 01209 842354. Wildlife activities are £8 for kids and £13 for adults. Click here to find out more

What to look for in May

May is the best time to listen out for bird song. There are lots of guided sessions or you can head out on your own but a dawn chorus walk should be on everyone’s bucket list - you will be amazed that we have a wildlife spectacle like this in the UK which most of us will never see it.

May is also a great time to see Badger cubs as they will be nearly four months old and becoming more adventurous. At the farm our night time Badger Watches are becoming really popular as they are an amazing creature that most people only see dead on the roadside. The highlight for these experiences is when the badgers lick peanut butter off the window while visitors watch from the other side of the one way glass as little as a foot away.

Cornwall's best family friendly beaches

Monday 14th May, 2018

Cornwall's best family friendly beaches

We’ve rounded up the best beaches near Landal Gwel An Mor with safe swimming, RNLI lifeguards, toilets, cafes and all just a short stroll from the car park for little legs.

Portreath

Distance from Landal Gwel An Mor: 800 yards

RNLI Lifeguards: 19th May – 30th September 2018

Take a 10 minute stroll down through our woodland and you’ll discover our favourite beach! Soft sand, caves to explore, rockpools to uncover critters and good waves for bodyboarding and surfing. Plenty of cafes, takeaways, pasty shops, surf and wetsuit hire shops and probably the best public loos in Cornwall – shaped like beach huts!

Gwithian, Hayle

Distance from Landal Gwel An Mor: 6 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 5th May - 30th September 2018

Miles of golden sand, plenty of rockpools and a beautiful lighthouse on its own island to gaze at! Top tip - take a short walk around the cliffs by the lighthouse to see ‘Seal Cove’ – a great place to spot seals basking on the beach.

Chapel Porth, St Agnes

Distance from Landal Gwel An Mor: 8 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 19th May - 30th September 2018

Tucked at the bottom of a valley this beach feels like a hidden secret. A short stroll up the coast path you’ll find the picturesque Wheal Coates tin mine perched on the edge of the cliff and plenty of spots from the filming of BBC’s Poldark. Don’t miss the famous ‘Hedgehog Ice Cream’ from the café – Cornish ice cream, smothered with a thick layer of clotted cream and covered in honey roasted hazelnuts – very naughty but so good!

Perranuthnoe, near Marazion

Distance from Landal Gwel An Mor: 14 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 7th July – 2nd September 2018

Beautiful views of St Michael’s Mount, some decent waves for bodyboarding or surfing and two great cafes to choose from! Don’t miss the Sunday roast at The Victoria Inn too.

Porthcurno, near Penzance

Distance from Landal Gwel An Mor: 26 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 19th May – 30th September 2018

Frequently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, you’ll think you’ve stepped onto a tropical island when you arrive here. Pristine fine white sand, the clearest turquoise water, a magical little house built into the cliff and a stream flowing down one side of the beach for the little ones to paddle and play in.

Top Ten Tips For Planning Your Wedding From The Experts!

Saturday 12th May, 2018

 Top Ten Tips For Planning Your Wedding From The Experts!

When planning a wedding, you can sometimes feel like it is taking over your life, you may find yourself dreaming about how many tiers you should have for the cake or whether to have roses or peonies in the bouquet. Our Events Team have come up with their top 10 tips on how to keep the stress levels down and the excitement levels up...

TIME

I have heard the phrase ‘I don’t need to do that yet, I’ve still got 3 months’ too many times, you wouldn’t believe it. Time is something totally in your control, so why not use it to your advantage? When choosing your date think about what other things could happen in the time up to the wedding; are you thinking of buying a house or saving for the honeymoon of your dreams? If so, why rush yourselves. I believe 18 months to two years is the best time frame to give yourself, you’re only going to get married once (hopefully) so why not go all out and do it just how you want to. Giving yourself a longer time frame will help you with organising the perfect day, you will have time to build up the excitement, research different venues and suppliers, give your guests extra notice to attend by sending ‘save the dates’, making sure there is enough time for the mums to buy the perfect hat and overall create the perfect day for the two of you.

BUDGET

Budgeting can sound like such a boring part of planning a wedding, but you will thank me after. When starting the planning process, open up a spreadsheet and think of a realistic budget for yourselves. Once you have this figure in mind prioritise what you would like to spend more money on (THE DRESS), simply set out a budget for each part of the day, for example outfits, food, venue. Also think of where you can cut costs, Pinterest and YouTube are two wonderful platforms where you can learn to create décor or favours yourself. Why not get a family member to make the cake? Who doesn’t love a wobbly top tier or slightly soggy cake anyway? Totally homemade and also a big saving. Doing things yourself will also make it a lot more personal to the pair of you.

SUPPORT

Support is something you may not realise you need but you definitely do. Bridesmaids aren’t just there to turn up on the day in a pretty dress; they are there every step of the way, through bridezilla moments and finding ‘the dress’, they should be there to lean on when you need the extra help. Make sure you choose Bridesmaids wisely, but also don't forget about Groomsmen! Make sure you involve them as well, even if you just give them small jobs such as looking for a band or DJ. The venue you choose should also give you the support you may need; a good Event Manager will always take stress away from you, never add it on, so keep this in mind.

VET YOUR SUPPLIERS

Vetting your suppliers is such an important thing to do when choosing the right people to be involved within your wedding day, it can make or break the day so make sure you take the time to really research different companies and what they can offer you. Just because your brother's girlfriend's cousin has an expensive camera doesn’t mean they are a good wedding photographer, a lot of brides and grooms will say their biggest regret is not having a photographer or not having a very good one. Always check their reviews, trust recommendations and if you have a Wedding Coordinator, ask to see their recommended suppliers list. Choosing suppliers from your venue's list is a really good way of knowing that they will be worth the money, and perfect for your wedding day.

WEDDING INSURANCE

Would you drive your car without insurance or go on holiday without insurance? NO! So why wouldn’t you insure your wedding day? It's something most people wouldn’t even realise existed, but for a few pennies you could save yourself thousands against unforeseen circumstances.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Always try before you buy, you may be thinking about dresses or suits, but no. Ladies we all know the awkward few days after a bad spray tan, or trying out a new beauty regime, so for your wedding day stick to what you know or leave it to the professionals. For your day, if you are going to invest in having your hair or make up done, don’t think of trials being a waste of money. The makeup look you end up with may not make you look like the best version of yourself, the eye shadow may be too heavy or the lip colour too bold, so always have a trial and explain exactly what you would like. A good tip would be to have a look on Pinterest at some hair or make up looks first and show your artist what look you are going for to give them a better understanding, they will never be hurt if you say you’re unsure on the look they have given you.

GROOM

Don’t forget about the Groom, it's also his wedding day and you never know he may surprise you. You are entering a lifelong partnership to share your lives together, so share the planning stages as well, share the decision making and the stress. Let him help with choosing the wedding breakfast menu or choosing the suppliers.

BE ORGANISED

I cannot be the only person out there, who loves all things stationary, can I? Head to the local stationary shop, invest in a new folder, some glittery pens and a sparkly diary to track all of the plans for the big day. You can buy specialist wedding diaries to help keep on top of all of the different deadlines and to-do lists. Include all of the dates that things need to be paid by, when the invites need to be sent out and when you need the RSVP’s back. By setting deadlines for things to be booked and sorted, it will eliminate the stress for the both of you, and make you feel totally in control.

GUEST LIST

Oh no, the dreaded guest list. This can be the most stressful part of the whole planning process, trying to keep everybody happy and limit the amount of ‘I’m not sitting next to that person.’ Believe it or not, I know how to solve this issue. Drum roll please….. DO NOT PLEASE EVERY ONE! It is your wedding day, your family and friends should have enough respect for you and your partner and understand that the day is all about the two of you to not complain about the seating arrangements. Always keep in the back of your mind that the day is about the two of you and nobody else.

ENJOY

And finally, enjoy it. Enjoy every step of the planning process because that time will be over before you know it, and if you get it right first time then fingers crossed, you won’t have to do it again. Take the time to try on every dress you like, view every venue you are interested in and enjoy as many cake tastings as you can stomach.

Top spring walks in Cornwall

Saturday 5th May, 2018

Top spring walks in Cornwall

Carpets of bluebells, a tapestry of wildflowers and colourful rainbows from the inevitable spring showers! Come with us on our favourite spring walks in Cornwall...

Tehidy Woods

Just a short stroll or cycle from Gwel an Mor you'll find the peaceful woods of Tehidy, at their best in spring when the bluebells are out. Explore 9 miles of paths and over 250 acres of woodland and lakes. 

Kennall Vale

A secret and mysterious valley near Ponsanooth full of streams, waterfalls, 19th century gunpowder works ruins and beautiful wildflowers.

Mousehole to Lamorna

Head up the hill out of Mousehole to follow the coastpath around to Lamorna. This walk gives you the perfect spring blend of bluebells in the woodlands and the sights, sounds and sea air of the coast. A fairly easy walk once you get the first hill out of the way, you'll end up in the beautiful cove of Lamorna in time for a refreshing paddle and cream tea!

Porthtowan to Chapel Porth

If the tide is low you can walk along the beach past the cliffs on the right hand side of Porthtowan all the way to Chapel Porth. If the tide is in then follow the coastpath up past Blue Bar, past some interesting mining landscape and down onto Chapel Porth Beach. Don't miss the famous 'hedgehog' ice creams from Chapel Porth Cafe!

Loe Bar

A lovely circular walk with woodland, a lake, beach and a tin mine! Follow the path from the car park near Helston Boating Lake towards Loe Pool.

Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan Steps

After watching the surfers at Mawgan Porth follow the coastpath on the right, up towards the towering cliffs of Bedruthan, for one of the best picture postcard views of Cornwall. Even better there is a National Trust cafe at the top for refuelling!

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