Last month 22-year MSc Science Communication student Sophie Pavelle embarked on an epic trek to walk the entire 300 mile Cornish stretch of the South West Coast Path. Her goal was to create an on-the-go documentary-style account of the wildlife and landscape as it changed along the course of her journey.
But more than that, Sophie's aim was to use the adventure as a narrative to create a practical piece of science communication to showcase to organisations such as The National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, and Ordnance Survey and to encourage other young women to get outside and explore the outdoor world. She also wanted to use the expedition as a fundraising opportunity to raise money for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Surfers Against Sewage and to increase awareness of the UK Coastline and the fantastic beauty and diversity it showcases.
Sophie completed the trek earlier this month, having produced 22 blog-style videos recounting each day and the wildlife she encountered - all filmed, produced and edited on an iPhone, the only bit of kit she had with her! This dual challenge of completing the required distance each day and updating her video blog proved tough, but well worth the effort.
Sophie's videos seem to have inspired quite a few people to get out and explore the Cornish and British coast; she had people getting in touch from all over the world telling her that they were hooked on watching the trek updates! With the journey now over, Sophie is hoping to continue spreading the word about Cornwall, nature, and the benefits of exploring the great outdoors by sharing her videos blogs as widely as possible.
You can view a selection of these short films below, and all of Sophie's vlogs can be found on her You Tube channel.