See some of the species that will benefit from additional protection, hear what members of the public value about this significant development, and meet one of the farmers who grazes the cliffs and coastal fields for wildlife.

It's not often that farms change hands but on the Lizard this year we've handed the keys to the farm gate over to two new farmers who are set to farm for the future on National Trust farms on the lizard.

Tregullas - mainland Britain's most southerly farm

At Tregullas, which falls between the Lizard village and the coast, the Amiss family (Nevil, Rona and their five children) arrived at the farmhouse in September having moved from a Council farm in Devon.

William Watson, farmer at Teneriffe and Predannack FarmsAs tenants of the National Trust owned Predannack and Teneriffe Farms, we are now heading into our second spring, having taken on the tenancy in 2013.
This first year has been somewhat of a blur, during which I've certainly learnt a lot about myself and the farm. Although I grew up on a farm, my father died when I was relatively young and I was too daft to listen and soak up some of his intricate farming knowledge. He came from generations of farmers, all passing their skills on to their sons. Over the years, I learned my farming lessons the hard way and often slumped devastated for days over my mistakes.

The Lizard Countryside Partnership now has a facebook page to keep abreast of happenings.

This website has been up and running for 6 months now.Cross leaved heath We are pleased with the way it is being used to make information about the natural environment on The Lizard more easily available. But we think there is scope to more easily share information, pictures and knowledge. And we think the way to do that may be by having a Facebook page - search under Linking the Lizard Countryside Partnership and you will find us.

Anyone can post on the page. So it would be great if people would like to share their passion for what is out and about on The Lizard, show off their dazzling photos, share news of upcoming events or report on a great one we missed.

Scrub clearance starting to reveal the potentialThere are still many World War and Cold War structures scattered across The Lizard landscape. They range from a WW1 Airship Station all the way through to secret WW2 radar and later Cold war installations, all of which required an elaborate network of buildings, roads and communications systems and barracks for the many personnel who came made their war time homes here.
Now, as part of their Environmental Stewardship agreement with Natural England, The Tylor family invite local school groups out onto their land at Lanarth to discover at first-hand how they manage the countryside for both food production and its rich wildlife and historic interests. As part of their educational access work there soon became a need for Micky Tylor to find a suitable building that could be used as an on-farm classroom so that wet weather and washing facilities could be provided for the children’s visits.

Poldhu cove, on the west coast of the Lizard, attracts thousands of visitors to its sandy shores every year. From crowds of holiday makers during the summer months to locals and dog walkers in the winter, as well as the increasing number of those braving the surf. The rocky shore and dunes at the beach entrance support an array of maritime plants including some rarities such as Sea Knotgrass. It is also a great spot to see dolphins, seals and sometimes basking sharks. The Choughs can sometimes be seen here too as they travel between coastal feeding grounds.Friends of Poldhu

I recently spent a lovely afternoon at the most southerly point, looking after the wildlife watchpoint and talking to visitors about the place, the seals or seabirds we were looking at and the work that the National Trust and other conservation partners in Linking the Lizard are doing to protect this special place and the wildlife that live here.

This July saw the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly run a Heathland Management Course at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve. The highlight for me was standing in Ruan Pool and the surrounding muddy trackways with course leader Ian Bennallick who every few steps would identify rare or uncommon plants such as Pigmy rush, Yellow centuary, Chaffweed, Pillwort, Lesser marshwort, Lesser Water-plantain, Shore-weed, and Alternate-flowered Water-milfoil.