A Guide to Cornwall’s Nature ReservesTwice As Nice
The beautiful county of Cornwall on the southwestern tip of the UK is best known for its stunning coastline, natural environment and its rugged moors. Cornwall holiday beach chalets provide the ideal accommodation for you and your family to explore this jewel in the UK’s crown. Yet Cornwall is a wildlife haven too with many nature reserves to explore amid picturesque and tranquil settings.
Located south of the village of Mousehole, in an area of outstanding natural beauty this conifer plantation slopes down to the sea offering pleasant shade.
An old iron age hill fort near St Just in West Cornwall, this reserve attracts various bird species, including hen harriers, short-eared owls and skylarks.
An area of heathland between St Ives and Penzance, a flooded clay pit provides a unique habitat for visiting birdlife throughout the year.
A lowland heath in West Cornwall with spectacular views over the surrounding area, emblazoned in summer by pink and purple heather, plus yellow gorse.
Enjoy the dawn chorus in this large wetland area where cuckoos are still regular visitors, the valley having once been known as ‘Cuckoo Valley’.
Located near Pendeen, Chun Downs is predominantly heathland crossed with bridlepaths for walkers, with stunning views across the surrounding landscape and down to the sea.
Cornwall’s first geological reserve, woodland and wildlife have reclaimed this former China clay pit containing a rich fossil fauna, offering a circular trail to explore.
With 40 acres of woodland and a lake, this reserve provides a great habitat for a variety of wildlife, while in April the floor becomes carpeted in bluebells.
A meadow with some reedbed located outside Hayle, Loggan’s Moor is a haven for many species who thrive on the wildflowers which grow in abundance.
Upton Towans is an area comprised of sand dunes crossed by paths, offering spectacular views across St Ives Bay, including across to Godrevy Island.
A small woodland near Falmouth offering a sheltered wildlife habitat and close to Swanpool nature reserve and Swanpool beach.
Gorgeous woodlands with open glades near Ponsanooth, packed with history, rushing streams and a water-filled quarry offering an abundance of birdlife plus pipistrelle bats.
A forty-acre ancient woodland which can be traced back to the 17th century, where great spotted woodpeckers are among the abundant wildlife to be seen.
A former mining site near Truro where heathland, woodland and ponds have been developed through conversation efforts and is home to the scarce blue-tailed damselfly.
Located near Truro, this ancient grazing ground is an important habitat for wildlife with willow warblers prominent in the breeding season, while Cornish Moneywort grows here too.
A quiet urban reserve near Truro, once a railway siding whose mix of grassland, scrub and ponds provide a habitat for local wildlife including foxes.
Located in a steep-sided valley near Penwartha, a fast-flowing stream cuts through woodland which houses a variety of birdlife including treecreepers.
A rare untouched reedbed near Perranporth with marked paths and boardwalks for visitors who will be treated to many bird varieties amid the Common Reed.
Heathland near Goonhavern, once a lead ore mining site with the engine house still visible but now home to the fragrant bog myrtle and more.
Twenty acres of heath, bog and woodland near Zelah, known for its Dorset Heath and dragonflies, with a pond formed from the excavation of a WWII bomber.
Flower-rich meadows and a woodland site near Truro supporting numerous species including Dorset Heath and the southern marsh orchid, plus habitat-rich ancient Cornish hedges.
Set within the Fal Estuary on the Roseland Peninsula, oaks run down to meet tidal waters to create a rich ecosystem, though the exposed mudflats should be avoided.