Cornwall’s unique diversity of landscape makes it home to many species of animals, fish and plants. Both on land and at sea, there is a plethora of wildlife to be found in the varied eco-systems provided by the area’s coastal and inland areas. Although the terrain can be tough, species acclimatise to colonise cliffs and marshes.
Native marine animals include seals and beautifully sleek basking sharks. Tidal estuaries like the Camel Estuary are a perfect place for wading birds, and otters, but if it’s water voles you like, try the Bude canal where they have been reintroduced.
Down on the south coast, you will see beautiful birds such as vibrant yellowhammers and goldfinches. In many places during autumn, you will see the mass aerial stunt of a starling ‘murmuration’ – the birds’ swooping and diving in unison is truly breath-taking, a sight you will never forget.
Rabbits, badgers, hares, bats, foxes, wild horses and ponies, even deer, all live here – and now even beavers have been reintroduced.
Don’t forget smaller creatures, such as frogs and butterflies, lizards, moths and slow worms, which all contribute to the area’s ecology, but also the fine flora.
In summer, the cliffs are jewelled with golden gorse and tourmaline thrift, all of which provide amazing photo opportunities to remind you of your fabulous holiday.
Distinctively red coloured bills and legs make these easily recognisable members of the crow family easy to spot – but take your binoculars, as there are not many of them around, Choughs are now a s...
Watching grey seals bobbing around in the water is a joyful experience. Luckily, Cornwall has plenty of them, but there are a few things to know about these doe-eyed creatures. Firstly, they are an en...
It must be said, river otters are pretty cute critters, and playful to watch. Sleek, glistening creatures the size of a small dog, they are also known as river dogs. They like fresh water and make the...
Rockpooling is all about discovering the joy of small things, getting back to nature and enjoying time together as a family. As the tide sweeps out, rockpools are left teeming with small-scale wildlif...
If you are seeking an ornithological paradise, Cornwall, with its many miles of coastline and mild climate, attracts migratory birds and some unusual ones at that. Don’t forget the call of the herri...
Birds of Prey
Most people are fascinated by birds of prey, not least because of their aerial displays. Falcons and hawks hunt during the daytime but owls normally are night time creatures, so if you want to see owl...
Once-extinct in Britain, it is thrilling to see theses magical ‘dam-builders’ back ‘beavering away’ energetically in Cornwall. They are quite cute, too, though most of us have probably never s...
Here in Cornwall, badgers (‘Brock’ is the old name for them) are an important part of the countryside. They largely live on earthworms and slugs but are also not averse to fruit, and small mammals...
When we think of beautifully coloured insects, we tend to think of butterflies, but Cornwall also has some mighty fine moths, and they don’t all eat clothes! There are 2,500 species of moths in the ...
They get a bad press but seagulls (or herring gulls, noticeable by the red spot on their beaks) are a massive part of Cornish life, from trailing the fishing boats as they land their catch, to the noi...
The sight of a herd of wild ponies is both beautiful and spectacular, but they are also useful animals. Ponies are used in Cornwall by organisations like the National Trust to manage cliff-top habitat...
Curious looking creatures, stick insects look like, well, sticks/twigs! Did you ever keep one as a child? They seemed to live in jars in schools back in long gone days. Now, they are uncommon and ther...
What is a Box Jellyfish?
We are used to seeing jellyfish along the craggy Cornish coast, but Box Jellyfish are something else. They are giants for a start and were once only seen here in Sea Life Centres. They look like large...
Blue sharks are strikingly beautiful, and speedy with it, but fortunately, they are very rarely harmful to humans. There are plenty of scary shark stories but the reality is rather different. They are...
BOOK YOUR DREAM CORNWALL HOLIDAY TODAY