We run a number of projects each year focusing on great collaboration between members of the AONB Partnership and local communities.
First and last - The West Penwith Landscapes Partnership Project
Our current flagship project is the West Penwith Landscapes Partnerships Scheme, which is a large (£3.9M) project which has been in development for the last four years. It's a very exciting time since the main project bid of £2.7M has just been awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of October 2015. The project is a partnership of local organisations including the Cornwall AONB Unit, Cornwall Rural Community Charity and Natural England, led by Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Our vision is a resilient living, working Penwith landscape where farming prospers while protecting natural resources, restoring habitat connectivity and enhancing archaeological heritage; a landscape that is loved, enjoyed and supported by local communities and visitors.
Take a look at this fantastic short film that showcases the Penwith landscape and some of the partners who are seeking funding to achieve the vision.
The Cornwall AONB Unit; Zennor Parish Council, Cornwall Ancient Sites Protection Network (CASPN),Cornwall Archaeological Society, The National Trust, St Aubyn Estates, Farm Cornwall, Bolitho Estates, Penwith Access and Rights of Way (PAROW), PCDT Penwith Community Development Trust, Save Penwith Moors, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Cornwall Council Historic Environment Section and Cornwall Rural Community Charity
intertidal discovery project
From 2012 to 2014 one of the Cornwall AONB Partnership organisations - Cornwall Wildlife Trust - and ERCCIS ran a ground-breaking project to survey and map the intertidal habitats along 370 miles of Cornwall’s north coast. This was the first time such a project had ever been attempted in Cornwall. The project was kindly funded by SITA Trust.
Intertidal Discovery recorded the different types of habitats and species found along the shoreline; specifically between the highest and lowest tides – an area referred to as the ‘intertidal zone.' Surveys were conducted using recognised scientific methodology, by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.
With survey work now completed, results are already being put to use in the field of marine conservation. All project data is also available to publically download via this website. Our hope is that this resource will ensure scientific data is accessible to all with an interest in marine conservation, and inspire others to learn about Cornwall’s diverse coastal habitats. See website for full details