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National Trust acquires historic stretch of Welsh coast

A feral Kashmiri goat living on Great Orme Credit: Tom Pennington

The National Trust has spent £1m to acquire a chunk of the Great Orme, a limestone headland on the North Wales Coast.

Seen as a site of great natural and archaeological significance, the land hosts the world's biggest prehistoric mine, dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age - and a herd of around 200 feral Kashmiri goats which once belonged to Queen Victoria.

Justin Albert, director for the trust in Wales, said: "The Great Orme is a very special place, loved by the millions of people that visit the classic seaside town of nearby Llandudno every year.

"The coastline encapsulates the beating heart of what the National Trust is about - looking after places of natural beauty rich in wildlife."

The Trust now looks after 775 miles of UK coastland, as part of a plan to preserve special seaside areas.

National Trust: Access to beaches could be reduced

The National Trust trust fears access to Bantham beach and the Avon estuary could be reduced and the coastline could be at risk of inappropriate development if another buyer snaps up the estate, which is on the open market.

The Trust has already been able to commit £4.6 million from its Neptune campaign to protect coastal areas, but urgently needs to raise another £2.6 million to buy the beach and estuary and pay initial management and conservation costs.

This is a magical place, a true jewel on the South West coast.We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to permanently secure and protect the landscape of one of the least spoilt coastal sites and secure its future for everyone to enjoy.

If we don't raise the money then the future of Bantham beach and the Avon estuary is uncertain and this stretch of coastline might one day be disrupted by inappropriate management or development.

– Mark Harold, National Trust director for the South West

If it buys the land, it plans to maintain access for visitors and conserve the landscape of the flooded river valley, enhancing the oak woodlands that sweep down to the estuary and sowing wildflower rich meadows.

National Trust appeal for £2.56m to buy 'magical' coast

An urgent public appeal to raise £2.6 million has been launched by The National Trust to help it buy a "magical" stretch of coastline for the nation.

National Trust launches appeal for £2.56m to buy 'magical' coast. Credit: James Dobson/National Trust Images/PA Wire

The trust wants to buy Bantham beach and the Avon estuary in south Devon, to maintain quality access to the sandy beach for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year and to protect the landscape along the unspoilt coastal site for nature.

A surfer on Bantham beach. Credit: Steven Haywood/National Trust/PA Wire

The beach, nestling in the South Hams, has panoramic views over Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island which, with its Art Deco hotel and access by "sea tractor" at high tide, is the famous setting for Agatha Christie novels and TV adaptations.

Rare violet rediscovered after being lost for a decade

A tiny rare violet has been rediscovered after over a decade in a survey at Britain's oldest nature reserve.

Viola persicifolia has blueish-white flowers and grows to a maximum of little over an inch. Credit: National Trust/PA Wire

According to the National Trust, the fen violet (Viola persicifolia) is known to exist at only three sites in the wild in the UK.

One of these is Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, where it had not been seen since 2003 but was rediscovered during a botanical survey this week.

Seeds of the plant can lie dormant in the ground for many years and will only grow when the ground has been disturbed and it has the right weather conditions.

The violet was first recorded at Wicken Fen in 1860 and was rediscovered in the 1980s, having vanished for nearly 30 years, before disappearing again in 2003.

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