Sun, 08 Aug



Exploring Man Sands

Join Dr John Spicer and National Trust Ranger Tim Bumby on a walk through Man Sands and find out more about the work the NT have done on that area of the Coastal path and about the amazing coastal wildlife.

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Exploring Man Sands

Time & Location

08 Aug 2021, 11:00

Kingswear, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0EF, UK

About the Event

11:00am start, with a 15-20 minute talk from Tim Bumby from the National Trust.

  • Tim will talk about the history of the Mansands site, restoration work it has undergone to return it to a thriving wetland from farmland, and the future for the site.
  • He has kindly offered to remain present for the rest of the day to answer any questions that people might have.

Short Comfort Break.

11:30am Host speaker, Professor John Spicer speaking about:

  • The birth of Marine Natural History in the area, specifically relating to PH Gosse and his son, and difficulties they faced due to early science versus religion. John will also present artwork from the book Father and Son.
  • There will be a more general discussion about the effects of invasive species and climate change in the marine environment.
  • To highlight these effects, John will invite members of the audience to participate in rockpooling. This will also be an opportunity for some Questions and Answers.


- There is a 15-20 minute walk down from carpark area to the the Mansands beach with 78M of elevation over a distance of 1.38km, it can be moderately steep in parts but is generally very manageable with comfortable walking time. It is down a cobblestone path which would make it difficult for buggies, but is OK for older children, with younger children carried if necessary.

- Car parking is available a short walk away from the Mansands Beach, follow satnav to Scabbacombe Lane, Kingswear, Dartmouth, TQ6 0EF. From Scabbacombe Lane it becomes Woodhuish Lane, where the main National Trust car park is located for the event.

- A secondary car parking area will be allocated as overflow parking at Woodhuish Farm, located further up the lane at the intersection where Scabbacombe Lane becomes Woodhuish Lane.

- Walking boots are advised, with some areas being wet underfoot on the pebble bea





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