Nature & Wildlife

With mile upon mile of rugged coastline, unspoilt woodland, meandering creeks and clifftop meadows, it’s no surprise that Cornwall is home to a diverse array of wildlife. The southwest county is especially renowned for its rich marine life and is one of the best places in the UK to spot dolphins, basking sharks, grey seals, seabirds and even humpback whales.

Nature & Wildlife

Cornwall offers a wide range of nature and wildlife activities for visitors to enjoy. From coastal walks and wildlife watching, to sea safaris and rockpooling; there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Cornwall is home to a diverse range of wildlife. You can go birdwatching at the Lizard Peninsula, which is a haven for migratory and resident bird species. The Fal Estuary is another great spot to observe wading birds, seals, and even dolphins. The Isles of Scilly, just off the coast of Cornwall, are famous for their seabird colonies and the opportunity to spot rare bird species.

Remember to follow any guidelines or restrictions in place to protect the environment and wildlife during your nature and wildlife activities in Cornwall.


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Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is the leading local charity working to protect and enhance Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.

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  • Grey seals can be spotted at any time in the year at Godrevy, though they are most common during the summer months. For the best chance at spotting them, take a pair of binoculars out on the headland and look out to Godrevy Island, or down at the rocks below.

  • Like everywhere on the Cornish coast, if you are lucky you will see seals and dolphins, but it's not guaranteed. There are boats that will take you out looking for them, and over the years there have been sightings of seals in the harbour at Newquay.

    If you are lucky enough to spot them in the harbour, do not be tempted to approach them, seals are wild animals and have a bite far worse than a dogs!

  • The geology of the Lizard is unique, which leads to amazing formations which can be viewed along the coastline. This also allows for a wide range of unique flora and fauna, and the area is, as such, designated as part of Cornwall's National Landscape.

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