Coastal reflections with Patrick Barkham

Pen in hand and notebook at the ready: when author and journalist Patrick Barkham visited Dover and South Foreland Lighthouse a few weeks ago, it was not just to make the most of the stunning weather. Patrick, who is writing a book celebrating the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign and coastal work, was there to…

Sun, Sea, and Saltrock

 This summer, the National Trust has linked up with the surf-wear brand Saltrock to bring out the Neptune range – a stylish selection of t-shirts and hoodies for anyone old enough to handle a surfboard. A percentage of every item sold goes to support the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign, helping us to protect the…

Walking the chalk: the White Cliffs of Dover

Whether you’re sailing across the channel from Calais or standing on the chalky grassland above the bustling port of Dover, the sight of the White Cliffs is sure to provoke strong emotions. They have acted as an age-old geological frontier between the British Isles and the continental mainland, and for many people they are an…

Row, row, row your boat

Based in Cornwall and passionate about paddling, Sal Erskine is the National Trust’s Canoeing Development Manager. Howard Bristol asked Sal about her connection with the coast and what feeds her love of canoeing. What is your favourite place on the coast? It’s really hard to choose. Can I have the entire South West Coast Path? But then that…

An insect’s take on coastal squeeze

There’s no denying it: our coastlines are changing more rapidly than ever. But crumbling cliffs and receding or stabilising dunes also have a profound effect on coastal wildlife. Matthew Oates, one of the National Trust’s nature experts and a keen butterfly enthusiast, tells us what coastal squeeze means for the Glanville Fritillary butterfly on the Isle…