Thanks to our conservation volunteers for a brilliant year

It’s almost Christmas and the end of an amazing year, and we’d like to extend our big thanks to everyone that has volunteered or helped in any way with the volunteer programme this year.

A quick look back on our Facebook page is a reminder of all the volunteers that have been involved from around the world and locally and all the different activities been undertaken. The Tripadvisor gong awarded as a result of visitors’ comments’ is testament to how well the site has been maintained and appreciated by visitors.

Last week we conducted another successful bird survey, although as it was such a nice day and being close to Christmas there were people everywhere which probably kept bird numbers down (but 29 species nonetheless despite no sea birds). The highlight was a brief glance of the back end of wedge-tailed eagle.

We also rediscovered an interesting find from the previous week (see photos). It looks like someone called Edward has lost his clay pipe (luckily he put his name on it). It’s the first one we’ve found on the site although they are supposed to be reasonably common. I’m sure the markings will give a bit more background as to its origins and when I find out I’ll let you know.

During the rest of the week we managed to remove a some graffiti scribbles that had appeared in the Solitary Cells, continued our campaign against bracken on ruins, this time at the Solitary Cells/Separate Apartments, Military Barracks and Vegetable Gardens and we cleared a lot more aloe.

A ceramic pipe found at the Coal Mines Historic Site

A ceramic pipe found at the Coal Mines Historic Site

A ceramic pipe found at the Coal Mines Historic Site