Category Archives: Wildlife

The Heritage and History of the Tamar Valley

In our last blog post, we looked into the fascinating geography of our river valley.  This week, we’re dipping our toes into the area’s rich cultural heritage.  From raspberries to Romans, read on to learn about the Tamar’s history. We’re offered a tantalising glimpse into the area’s ancient history on sites such as Kit Hill […]

10 Things to Do in Launceston, Cornwall

To the casual visitor, Launceston may seem like a sleepy little market town with not much on.  Dig a little deeper, and you will find plenty to entertain all ages, both in the town and its surrounding area.  Here are 10 things to do in Launceston – if we’ve missed out your favourite, let us […]

What’s On Guide – Easter 2018 in North Cornwall

If these Beasts from the East will finally allow us a springtime, it might just about be time to celebrate Easter!  As usual, local attractions (such as National Trust properties) are all holding some sort of Easter egg hunt or themed events, but here are a few ideas that you might otherwise have missed.  Did […]

Bird-watching in the Tamar Valley

We’ve just submitted our entry for this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, so now seems as good a time as any to share with you our surprising findings, along with a few thoughts about the wonderful bird-watching opportunities in the area. It’s definitely one of the joys of living somewhere so rural and unspoilt – […]

8 fantastic photo opportunities in North Cornwall

In a county as picturesque as Cornwall, it’s not easy to pick out the best photo opportunities… but we like a challenge!  Of course, many of our chosen spots make for a great walk to blow off those cobwebs or shed those Christmas calories, but this list is really for the photographers amongst you.  So […]

October Half-Term at Tamar Valley Cottages

Autumn is a great time to explore Cornwall with your family, so here are 6 great reasons why you might want to consider spending your October half-term holiday with us at Tamar Valley Cottages. 1) Family Friendly We offer the perfect family getaway to you and your loved ones.  We have over 2 acres of […]

Best Events for Summer 2016 in North Cornwall & Devon

In case your children haven’t reminded you, the summer holidays are upon us!  There’s always a great selection of family friendly events taking place in the North Cornwall & Devon area, and 2016 is no exception.  Here is our schedule of the highlights – 21 great events to keep you and your family entertained!  If […]

5 Amazing Animal Attractions in North Cornwall

Young or old, animal lovers who visit our region are unlikely to be disappointed.  North Cornwall has some great little attractions where wildlife is the star of the show.  Monkeys and meerkats, donkeys and deer, and utterly adorable otters – read on to explore the animal attractions of the area! The Tamar Valley Donkey Park […]

The Tamar Valley has Gone Bats!

Here in the rural upper reaches of the Tamar Valley we are very proud of our distinctive wildlife.  Last year we were pleased to be part of an initiative from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project through which we borrowed a bat detector.  The results were more than a little surprising! The bat detecting devices […]

The Big Garden Bird Watch 2017

The Tamar Valley is a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ for most of its course, and is an excellent spot for birdwatching.  Even in its upper reaches in North Tamerton, we are treated to some beautiful feathered visitors.  This year we are sharing our ‘Big Garden Bird Watch‘, as organised by the RSPB, as […]