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Reporting Scotland, at BBC Scotland 

BBC Radio Scotland
The video and audio pieces below were put together by BBC Scotland’s Lisa Summers from an interview on Yellowcraig beach in East Lothian and aired nationally on both Good Morning Scotland and Reporting Scotland.



Here is the audio version, for Good Morning Scotland:


 BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall
The piece below, by BBC Cornwall’s Julie Fisher, was also picked up by BBC Radio Devon and circulated nationally to all BBC radio stations.

BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk
The piece below was put together by BBC Norfolk’s Matthew Gudgin and aired on his Drive Time show.

BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk
The piece below was a live interview on Lesley Dolphin’s BBC Radio Suffolk show, the second of the week from a Suffolk beach.

BBC Scotland

The piece below was put together by BBC Scotland’s Linda Howard and aired nationally on Out of Doors, presented by Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith.

Barra Island Discs, 2014

The piece below was put together by Janice Ross for Siar FM, on the Isle of Barra and Vatersay.  As manonabeach®, I chose some songs, inspired by the series and what I’ve learnt from it.


Feature with Mercedes Benz South West

Mercedes Benz South West

manonabeach® Mercedes South West

The manonabeach® series was showcased in a June, 2016 website feature from Mercedes Benz South West, the UK’s second largest regional Mercedes dealer.  Sarah Hunt’s piece includes the role of a Mercedes 190E and latterly a C Class in the exhaustive development of the manonabeach®  series.  You can read the article here.

Feature in Liverpool Echo

The manonabeach® series featured in a piece by Lorna Hughes in the Liverpool Echo.  Her article highlights the warm welcome given to the series by people on the Wirral and Merseyside.  You can read the feature here.

Feature in Crabpot Cottages blog

Crabpot Cottages

The manonabeach® series was showcased in a July, 2016 blog entry from Crabpot Cottages in Norfolk.  Penny’s piece turns the question back to her readers and includes her own warm eulogy to the beach, as you can see here.

Feature in Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages blog

Northumbria Coast And Country Cottages
The manonabeach® series was featured in a June, 2016 blog entry from Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages, along with a summary of the series’ findings, which you can read here.

Feature in Embrace Scotland

Embrace Scotland Feature

The manonabeach® visits to East Lothian in Scotland were showcased in the January, 2014 blog for Embrace Scotland, along with an interview and synopsis of the series, which you can read here. The piece was put together by Emma Gibb, a writer and poet, who explains her affinity for Findhorn Bay beach in Scotland through her writing here.

Resource Efficient Scotland

Resource Efficient Scotland

manonabeach® signed up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge, with specific actions to use digital correspondence where possible, to use fuel efficient hire cars for beach visits and to promote the initiative via social media activity.  You can learn more and join in here.

Yorkshire Life

Yorkshire Life Online Magazine

This piece in the Yorkshire Life online magazine was put together by Jo Hayward, featuring an interview with a biographical tone.

Collaboration with

Responsible Travel

manonabeach® is seen in 139 countries around the world.  This collaboration showcased some common values from and, specifically a shared appreciation of the beauty of the natural environment and its enhancing effect on those who visit it, plus a mutual promotion of responsible and sensitive use of this resource.

The Island Review

The Island Review

The Island Review is an online magazine that showcases the diverse appeal of our islands.  It features great writing and visual arts, set in the context of islands as places and metaphors.  It is edited by Mallachy Tallack on Shetland and is an inspirational website, in terms of its diversity of content, sensitivity and quality.  You can see the manonabeach® reference here.



Rose Absolue

Dr Annerose DeCruyenaere is an international academic and theologian, based in Germany and California.  Her sensitivity to the aesthetic at manonabeach® is summed up in a translation of her final paragraph, describing the work as follows:

“Being at one with the ocean and the people is the energy that drives him, and this is the energy that he shares with others.  manonabeach connects people with the beach, and people with each other. This man has the temperament of the rising tide, but he restrains himself like the ebb tide, preferring to let other people talk. The process is a passing connection; he doesn’t hold on to the people he encounters at the beach, and he doesn’t let anybody hold him back. His anonymity gives him freedom. He is a man who is in his element.”

You can learn more about her travels and work here, a celebration of spiritual diversity and inclusion.

Sykes Cottages Blog

The manonabeach® series featured in the blog at national holiday cottages business, Sykes Cottages. Click on the above image to read the piece, by Louise O’ Toole. She features the Findings and other analysis from the website and celebrates the diversity of the regions covered.

Coast magazine Facebook

coast magazine facebook page


Eight manonabeach® interviews, including the chat below, with artist Jim Woolley at Girt beach, Kingsand Cawsand, featured on the Sky News website.  Here’s Jim’s interview:


Thinkspace London for Digitalks1: iCampaigning


Thinkspace Digitalks
The first Digitalks discussion for Thinkspace at Imperial College, London  - icampaigning – considered how digital community building can result in real-world support for marine conservation.  Other panelists were marine conservationist Tom Hooper, MBE, broadcaster and author Helen Scales and the charity BeASeachanger’s co-founder, Helen Webb.






Collaboration with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH)

manonabeach® was asked to collaborate on the blue gym project at ECEHH by University of Plymouth applied social psychologist, Dr Mat White, who heard the BBC Radio Cornwall piece (see earlier) and remarked on the similar aims of the two projects.





He describes the collaboration as follows:

The Blue Gym team have recently been supporting manonabeach with his innovative work on Cornwall’s beaches. manonabeach asks people he meets on beaches “what does the beach mean to you?” and posts short films of the varied replies he gets on his website with fascinating responses. The knowledge transfer team at the European Centre for Environment & Human Health have helped manonabeach network with others by inviting him to join the forum, and putting him in touch with the University’s Business Collaboration Network.

…Dr Mat White, the blue gym, ECEHH.

Blue Gym project

Collaboration with the Environment and Sustainability Institute

Exeter University
manonabeach® engaged with the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), the University of Exeter’s research institute based on their Cornwall Campus, near Falmouth.



The ESI is an interdisciplinary centre, leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change; in so doing they hope to enhance people’s lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

Key to their research is the concept of ecosystem services, and the cultural services provided by the environment are of particular relevance to my work.


Guardian Weekend magazine

Mention in Guardian, 12th Feb 2012

Pembrokeshire Life magazine

The following piece, edited by Mavis Evans with photos from my own archive, featured in the November edition of Pembrokeshire Life magazine.  Click on each image to read more clearly.


Dorset magazine

The following piece, edited by Helen Stiles with photos as credited in the article, featured in the October edition of Dorset magazine.  Click on each image to read more clearly.


Cornwall Life magazine

The following piece, edited by Carol Burns with photos as credited in the article, featured over five pages in the August edition of Cornwall Life.  Click on each image to read more clearly.

Cornwall Life page 1


Cornwall Life page 2


Cornwall Life page 3


Cornwall Life page 4

and finally

Cornwall Life page 5

Cornwall Today magazine

The following piece, by Yayeri Van Baarsen with photos by Mike Newman, featured over four pages in the May edition of Cornwall Today.  Click on each image to read more clearly.


and finally…

Country Walking magazine


Banffshire Journal

The following two page spread, by Kyle Ritchie, appeared in the Banffshire Journal in April, 2013.  Click on each image to read more clearly.


Mearns Leader, Stonehaven

East Anglian Daily Times

Eastern Daily Press, 2012


Here are links to some related websites and inspirational figures, some linking to

1. –  features manonabeach® in the links section for the North America and Canada Cornwall Association.

2. The Good Appetite - Vet and Mother of many years experience, Lucy is now studying an MSc in Human Nutrition at Kings College, London, in order to follow her developing passion to improve nutritional health education in the UK and globally. Good food choices and plenty of exercise are essential in maintaining our optimal health – The Good Appetite uses evidence based knowledge, to explain why and aims to reach families with practical, fun and effective ideas.

3. – The Poldhu Beach cafe videos page includes the manonabeach® interview, here.

4. Lanteglos – Alison Fogg’s excellent website showcasing the attractions and daily life of this beautiful part of Cornwall, on the east side of the River Fowey estuary.  Her blog also documents current issues, including the second PIB blight of Cornish beaches in 2013.

5. Joanna Blake face painting – Part of the vibrant beach scene at Porthtowan on Cornwall’s North Coast, here.  Joanna has worked with all ages, visitors and locals alike.

6. Balnacra Arts – Vicky Stonebridge is a talented artist and potter, based at Lochcarron in Wester Ross, Scotland.  She has an empathy for Celtic and Pictish heritage and culture, as well as the natural environment through the seasons, reflected in her work.

7. Torridon Stores and Cafe – Jo runs a super local store and cafe in Torridon, set by the beach in one of the most stunning locations in the UK.  As well as excellent fresh produce, Jo introduced me to the nearby Daibaig Coastal Circuit.  Thank you!

8. Durham Coast Heritage Partnership – I interviewed environmental campaigner Raymond Leonard at Mellon Udrigle in the Highlands & Islands region, beach page here.  Raymond explained the innovative work of this initiative, which promotes considerate nature tourism in a previously despoiled industrial area, whilst respecting the rich cultural and working history of Durham, as well as highlighting its interesting geology.  Well worth a visit, like the cleaned and welcoming Durham beaches.

9. C-90 – I interviewed musician and songwriter Simon Scott, aka C-90, at West Kirby on the Wirral in North West England.  Here’s his Facebook page – C-90.

10. – some of the manonabeach® narrative interviews feature here.

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