Dan's Conservation Blog

Wildlife Watching

Lizard Penninsula

There are loads of places around Cornwall that are great for seeing all sorts of wildlife, but one of my favourites has to be Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. The peninsula is famous for many reasons apart from being the most southerly point on mainland Britain, for instance it is also well known for its rugged geology, particularly the abundance of the greenish mineral serpentine that local stone workers have fashioned into stunning ornamental designs including clocks and lamps. The spectacular landscape also has numerous tiny coves and large areas of moorland and scrub, which is great habitat for all manner of creatures that you would be hard-pressed to see elsewhere.

Seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish and basking sharks pass through the area regularly. High up on the cliffs, at the actual Point itself, provides commanding views across a huge expanse of water making them easily to spot them. However, chief amongst the highlights is the chough. The chough is an iconic bird in Cornwall, with its roots entwined in local history and folklore, yet it became locally extinct decades ago. Recent efforts at reintroduction by the Cornish Chough Project on the Lizard Peninsula appear to have been successful, as a growing number of breeding pairs and individuals are being spotted regularly moving around the coast and can be recorded by the identification ring around their leg. Positive management of the chough population here by the various organisations involved in the Project is one of the rising stars of local conservation success stories.

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