Exploring the Camel Estuary

Michael Kent and Adrian Lang­don

Exploring the Camel Estuary coverThe Camel Estu­ary is fam­ous for its out­stand­ing nat­ural beauty. Its mag­ni­fi­cent scenery var­ies from the wood-​​lined banks at its tidal lim­its to the open waters and exposed shores at its mouth, and changes dra­mat­ic­ally with the state of tide and the sea­sons. This book explores the Camel Estu­ary, its diverse hab­it­ats, and the wealth of plants and anim­als they sup­port. It intro­duces some of the people whose lives affect and are affected by the wild­life of the estuary.

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Dr Michael Kent is a mar­ine bio­lo­gist. He has taught out­door edu­ca­tion and bio­logy, and was Coast­watch Co-​​ordinator for the Nature Con­servancy Coun­cil, organ­iz­ing sur­veys of Cornish estu­ar­ies and beaches. He helped to set up the Centre for Applied Zoology at Corn­wall Col­lege Newquay, and to design and run Found­a­tion degrees in Zoolo­gical Con­ser­va­tion and Mar­ine Aquacul­ture. He is the author of Food and Fit­ness; The Oxford Dic­tion­ary of Sports Sci­ence & Medi­cine, and Advanced Bio­logy (all pub­lished by Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press), and co-​​author of the Collins Pocket Ref­er­ence Bio­logy. He was a con­trib­utor and adviser to The Oxford Dic­tion­ar­ies of Eco­logy, Zoology, and Plant Life. Michael is co-​​author, with his wife Merryn Kent, of Corn­wall from the Coast Path.

Adrian Lang­don is a keen pho­to­grapher, who spe­cial­izes in nature pho­to­graphy, par­tic­u­larly wild birds in their nat­ural hab­it­ats. In 1997 he was awar­ded an Asso­ci­ate­ship of the Royal Pho­to­graphic Soci­ety (ARPS), and in 2002 a Dis­tinc­tion with the Pho­to­graphic Alli­ance of Great Bri­tain (DPAGB) – both for Nature/​Wildlife pho­to­graphy. In Octo­ber 2007, Adrian appeared on BBC 1′s Coun­try­file. He is the Pres­id­ent and an act­ive mem­ber of the Wadebridge & Dis­trict Cam­era Club, and Chair­man of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust Pho­to­graphic Group. Many of his pho­to­graphs have been pub­lished in local news­pa­pers and magazines. Adrian is volun­teer warden of the Walms­ley Bird Sanc­tu­ary on the Amble marshes near Wadebridge, and a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Camel branch of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust. He con­trib­uted pho­to­graphs to Corn­wall from the Coast Path.

Explor­ing the Camel Estu­ary is pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • A note on names
  • The ‘Crooked Estuary’
  • Pol­brock to Wadebridge
  • Gaff Wood
  • Con­ser­va­tion Walks
  • Gaff Wood to Pen­davey Bridge via Shoot­ing Range Platform
  • Pen­davey Bridge to Wadebridge, via Guineaport
  • Wadebridge
  • Wadebridge to the Slate Quar­ries, via Amble Salt Marshes and Tre­gunna Mudflats
  • The Slate Quarries
  • The Slate Quar­ries to Pad­stow, via Pink­son and Little Peth­er­ick Creeks
  • Pad­stow
  • Rock and Porthilly
  • Day­mer Bay to Polzeath
  • Polzeath
  • Polzeath to Pentire
  • Pentire Point
  • The Rumps and The Mouls
  • Pad­stow to Step­per Point

ISBN: 9780906720523
1st edi­tion
80 pages
137 col­our pho­tos; 1 map
150 x 153 mm

Dr Michael Kent … has provided an easy-​​going yet author­it­at­ive nar­rat­ive to accom­pany Adrian Langdon’s start­lingly lovely pho­to­graphs. …
‘A fas­cin­at­ing book which will make you want to don your wel­lies and get out there straight away … prob­ably one of the best fivers you will spend if you enjoy the coun­try and wild­life.’ (North Corn­wall Advert­iser, June 2007)

a well-​​designed, appeal­ing, com­pact book to pop in your pocket if you’re head­ing up that way, cherry­pick­ing the bits that interest you. But it’s packed with enough detail to help you plan a few days out in the area in advance’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 21.07.07).

This is a charm­ingly presen­ted little book .… Even the most curs­ory glance will entice the reader to feel the urge to visit the area and exam­ine it anew.
‘… Dr Michael Kent’s pro­fes­sional know­ledge of the flora and fauna of his local area is clearly that of an enthu­si­ast and he con­veys well the oppor­tun­it­ies we can all take to enjoy it. …
‘The col­our pho­to­graphs by Adrian Lang­don ARPS are excel­lent … they stand on their own mer­its as superb invit­a­tions to pocket the book and get over to the Camel.
‘The qual­ity of the book is up to Alison Hodge’s usual exem­plary stand­ard.’ (Old Corn­wall, vol. XIII, no.9, 2007)

… homes in on one of Cornwall’s areas of out­stand­ing nat­ural beauty …
‘… small but fas­cin­at­ing’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 03.01.08)

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