It is Apple Season – so we are holding our second Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities. On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley Juices outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75 cl bottle). On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years old), you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-16:00.
Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen. The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast. Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port. When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time.
Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly. With FREE entrance into the village all day, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day. The barbecue runs from 12:00 to 3 pm. See http://www.clovelly.co.uk/news-and-events
Most of us have heard woodpeckers... but how many of us have seen one? The Great spotted woodpecker can be seen all year round in our woodlands and hedgerows, although they are quite shy and will often play 'hide and seek' with watchers! Up to 23cm they are black and white with a distinctive crimson area under the tail. They live on insects and grubs living in dead trees - pecking and boring for them produces that distinctive drumming sound.
They are not particulary endangered but you can still report sightings to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.
For more information, photographs and a video of this lovely bird, see this page of the Devon Wildlife Trust website.