Busy Bees at Tamar Trails

Tamar Trails News

We’ve been busy bees at Tamar Trails so far this summer and there’s still so much more to come! We’re excited to announce the opening of our fabulous new shop – an additional attraction to the treetop adventure, walking, cycling, canoeing, running, riding and refreshments you already know and love. Open every day, we’re hoping to spread the word about the range of local artisans working in, and inspired by, the Tamar Valley and have drawn together artwork from printmaker and artist Ley Roberts, ceramics from Melissa Choroszewska and handmade bags from Rachel Hutty, to name just a few.

The shop has lots of easy ways to help enjoy wildlife, both in your garden and when you’re out and about, from award winning Seed Balls, bee and bug habitats, to field guides. We’ve put together a vibrant, affordable and easy to maintain range of plants to attract pollinators into your garden as well as a wildlife range to give a helping hand to butterflies, bugs, bees and bats.

We have also found a great range of gifts and beautiful things for the house and garden to suit every pocket. And we haven’t forgotten our four-legged friends either – come and check out some of the fantastic and fun products we’ve found for dog lovers! We’ll be bringing you news in upcoming posts about new products as well as profiles of producers to help you get to know more of the magic that the valley has to offer. plants for sale

It’s not just us that have been busy; the Tamar Valley Community Trust, a band of dedicated volunteers, have been strimming, cleaning and maintaining the trails, ready for us all to enjoy. Why not come along and get involved? The team meet weekly and are a friendly bunch – it’s a great way to make friends, get fit and feel involved with our very special AONB. Work is about to start on one of the trails that was closed after the effects of our last, epic, winter – we know how it feels! Read their latest news here.

Volunteering on the Tamar Trails

Are you batty about bats? If so, you’ll be as pleased as us that the Bat Cam is now live! We have worked together with Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Project and the Tamar Valley AONB to install a camera in the Bedford United Mine where Greater Horseshoe Bats have formed a summer roost. Come and hear about the challenges, technical and otherwise, of getting a cable down 200 feet and hooking up the live feed to a screen in the centre. It looks as if the bats have formed a maternity roost for the females to give birth and raise their young, so come and watch all the exciting developments at the Tamar Trails Centre, we’re open every day.