Cassiterite from an Obscure Mine on Bodmin Moor

P1090581P1090580P1090579P1090586You always hope when out collecting to find that special mineral.

It happens now and again.

This specimen is one of those moments. I have spent hours on this site digging and collected zilch.This large granite/quartz vein specimen was sitting partially buried at the edge of the dump. Something made me look down at an earthy brown mass which has cleaned up nicely.

Another cassiterite location ticked off.


Shetland has sunnier July than Cornwall BBC News

Shetland has sunnier July than Cornwall

Sun in St Ninians Isle, Shetland, meanwhile Emergency services survey the damage to a road in , after intense rain caused flash flooding in Coverack, CornwallImage copyright BBC/PA
Image caption Sun on St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland, while intense rain caused flash flooding in Coverack, Cornwall

The Shetland Islands had more sunshine than Cornwall in July, despite being more than 700 miles further north.

It is only the eighth time this has happened since records began in 1929.

Met Office statistics showed the Shetland area had 192.9 hours of sunshine from 1-29 July, while Cornwall had 153.5 hours.

It was a wet month for the UK as a whole, with 22% more than the average rainfall for July.

Properties were damaged and people had to be rescued after heavy rain and storms hit the Cornish village of Coverack.


Climate scientist Mike Kendon said while it hadn’t been a remarkable weather month, there were some “significant events”.

“It is uncommon for Shetland to experience more sunshine hours than Cornwall at this time of year,” he said.

“There is also a notable gradient between a cooler, sunnier and slightly drier than average north-west and a wetter, dull and warmer than average south-east.”

One of the wettest places in July was Hampshire – which received 118% more than its average rainfall for the month.

Northern Ireland was the wettest region of the UK, with 39% more rain the average.

Cornish Weather

Many visitors to the mine especially from the south east ask us is it always wet in Cornwall? The answer is no, not always! However I would say that this part of Cornwall is a lot wetter than further down west, being sited in a steep river valley between the sea and Bodmin Moor doesn’t help.

The weather patterns in the 1800’s differed form those today, drier summers and colder winters.

The mine was kept dry by a 45 inch engine which must have been worked pretty hard to maintain the mine workable at depth.If there was an adit on the mine it is long buried up no trace remains today.