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26th February 2013
On the morning of Sunday 17th March we will be holding a Mega Litter Pick on the beach. Park Leisure will provide free refreshments for us (thank you) and we have arranged some free parking too as the parking charges will be in force by then. This coincides with Clean Cornwall week. We will bring you full details as soon as they are confirmed.
22nd February 2013
The play equipment from the playground has gone. Please do take some time to write or email Cornwall Council (through their website or to email@example.com), or phone on 0300 1234 202 to support the play areas remaining as green space and requesting play equipment provision. These are the only contact details we have at the moment (the Environment Management dept). If we get an actual name we'll let you know.
The matter will be discussed at the Par Beach Management Group meeting on March 13th and we will report back. PBMG consists of Friends of Par Beach, Par Community Association, Tywardreath and Par Parish Council, Par Bay BIG Local, Park Leisure Ltd, landowners and Cornwall Council.
9th February 2013
You may have noticed that the play equipment in the beach playground (towards the western end, past the cafe) has been fenced off. The equipment has been condemned by Cornwall Council and they have said that there is no budget for replacing it. The equipment in the small Polmear playing field (on the edge of the LNR) has also been condemned. Cornwall Council have assured Parish Councillor Caroline Wildish that the green space would be preserved. Councillor David Hughes said at the last Parish Council meeting "that the whole scheme had been presented as a fait accompli with no consultation whatsoever with himself or the parish council; he was investigating the situation as a matter of urgency. He urged members of the public to write individually to Cornwall Council expressing their concerns. "
Please do take some time to write or email Cornwall Council (through their website or to firstname.lastname@example.org), or phone on 0300 1234 202 to support the play areas remaining as green space and requesting play equipment provision. These are the only contact details we have at the moment (the Environment Management dept). If we get an actual name we'll let you know.
4th February 2013
Photos from the Winter Bird Walk are up, thank you again to Nigel for leading it for us.
You may have noticed that the water levels of Polmear Stream are still very high, this is due to the silt trap (near the old car park attendant's hut on the other side of the road). We have spoken to many people in a bid to get this cleared with seemingly little progress but we are now working at getting a site meeting organised with the relevant parties to get this cleared and the water flowing.
Please remain very careful driving along the access road as the potholes are deep, do not drive through puddles as you may be in for a nasty surprise.
Today while out I saw people sat in their cars opposite the pond feeding the swans. Please would you NOT feed the wildfowl while in the car park, instead do cross to the pond side and feed them there if you wish. If they aren't encouraged to cross the road, it will be less likely that they will be squashed or hurt by oncoming traffic.
Have you seen the other new benches? All four of the Friends of Par Beach benches have now been installed...let us know what you think. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed time, energy and money to the Seating Fund!
26th January 2013
Alan Cox made an unusual discovery on the beach last week. Do you know what they are?
They are goose barnacles, and it is unusual to see them with their "feet" (peduncle) intact. Goose barnacles are crustaceans, related to prawns and lobsters. Their name originates from a myth that these creatures would hatch into Barnacle Geese! Thank you Alan for sharing your find with us.
25th January 2013
On Tuesday night someone dumped a load of old fridges, televisions, a cut in half sofa and other general rubbish near the slipway at the Western end. This was reported (thanks Mike) on Wednesday and Cory collected it all yesterday morning (thank you Cory for the prompt response). Please call the police on 101 if you see anything like this happening, or contact us and/or the council after the fact, this was a show of appalling behaviour and one we hope will not be repeated.
23rd January 2013
26-27th January 2013 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
Taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch couldn't be easier, simply follow these three steps:
1. Watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 26 - 27 January 2013.
2. Record the highest number of each bird species you see at the same time. Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. Also, please only count those birds that land within your garden/park - not flying over.
3. Once your hour is up, tell the RSPB what you've seen. Even if you didn't get as many birds as you expected, or your 'regulars' didn't appear, do still please let us know. It's all really useful information. Their form will be open from the Birdwatch weekend until 15 February 2013 for you to tell them what you've seen.
This information and more can be found on their Birdwatch website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/index.aspx
22nd January 2013
Despite the cold weather 45 people, experts to complete novices, turned up for the Winter Bird Walk organised by us on the Sunday morning at the Par Beach Local Nature Reserve. Local expert and photographer Nigel Climpson led the walk, he pointed out and identified some of the resident and visiting birds and wildfowl that were to be seen. The two hour amble took everybody through the different habitats of the Local Nature Reserve including the pond, looking across the reedbeds to the east of the access road, a walk along the path parallel with the haul road down to the western end and ending up walking through the woodland including a view along Par River that runs past Par Docks and onto the beach, where we were shown some great crested grebe that were enjoying the relatively calm sea just off the beach. The highlight of the morning was when someone spotted a peregrine falcon flying overhead! Species seen were: Blackbird, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Peregrine Falcon, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black backed Gull, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Kingfisher, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Redwing, Siskin, House Sparrow, Mute Swan, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Turnstone, Tufted Duck, Pied Wagtail and Woodpigeon. Friends of Par Beach would like to thank Nigel for stepping in at the last minute to cover for Sid Cole who was going to lead it for us. Unfortunately Sid had been taken ill and we would like to wish Sid a very speedy recovery and hope to see him up and about soon.
19th January 2013
Don't forget the Bird walk tomorrow, Sunday 20th, Unfortunately Sid won't be able to make it as he has been taken ill. However at very short notice local wildlife expert and photographer Nigel Climpson has agreed to step in. Thank you Nigel. And to Sid from all of us at Friends of Par Beach, we hope you make a speedy recovery.
13th January 2013
There has been two more cliff falls, these are at the Polkerris end of Booley Beach. Please, please stay away from the cliffs and do not clamber around the rocks beneath, we do not want anyone caught underneath these falls. Don't forget that the South West Coast Path is SHUT between Booley Beach and Polkerris. Stay safe please.
Thank you to Allie Hunkin for the information and for the photo, you can see the dust cloud from the fall - it is truly an action shot.
12th January 2013
We now have a copy of the Par Beach Management Plan (2012) to share with you. It is a very large file (11Mb) and it will take a while to load so we suggest you save it to your desktop. It can be found via our Documents page, and our Beach Management Resources page but just to be super helpful, here's a direct link that will open it in a new window; Par Beach Management Plan (2012).
Par Beach Management Groupwould like your feedback on the new Access Path. Please download the Word version from the Documents page (you can have a peek at a pdf version but you will still need to download the Word version). Complete it and email it to email@example.com. Thank you.
The first seat has been installed at the western end car park with Mike Freemantle trying it out. Mike, our Ex-Chairman raised a large chunk of the money needed for these seats by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. Many thanks to Park Leisure who installed it on our behalf, Mike for the rather long cycle ride and the many others who made donations to enable this to happen. More seats will be appearing soon. Isn't this fantastic.
The Par Beach Community Day today (Saturday) was well attended, and as soon as we have some feedback from that we will let you know. It is always good to be able to talk to people, find out what priorities are, make new contacts and form new friendships. More photos of the day are in our event gallery, or just click on one of the photographs below.
6th January 2013
What a wonderful group we had at the gorse bashing work party this morning, some old faces and new...lots got done and we're really pleased. Photos to come soon.
Cory still haven't emptied the bins that we reported to them as overflowing, we have given them another prompt.
So, the Par Beach Management day is this Saturday (12th) where you can say what you want and don't want at the beach, and we have our Winter Bird Walk with Sid Cole on Sunday 20th January. Do come along, both events will be worth the effort.
2nd January 2013
We have reported the overflowing beach rubbish bins to the appropriate people and hope these are cleared soon. We have also reported some large pot holes on the access road. The main ones you need to be wary of are a) by the car park attendants hut and b) towards the west end just behind a speed bump, the latter one in particular could cause car damage. Cormac are due to assess the road soon but as you can imagine after all the flooding there has been in Cornwall, there is a lot for them to do on main roads.