A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Earlier this year the Trust completed the purchase of a small parcel of land near Mullion; just over 12 acres of flower-rich permanent pasture.
Funding was made available through the Lee Bequest, a generous donation made by Mrs Elizabeth Lee to acquire land to be managed for nature on the Lizard. This same funding has helped with the purchase of other land across the Lizard now being managed for wildlife and conservation.

Thick bushy hedges

The land, near to Vroe Farm just south of Mullion, comprises of four small damp enclosures bordered by thick bushy hedges. They are rich in wildlife with many wild flowers including orchids, knapweed, yellow bartsia, fleabane and ragged robin. The fields are also home to many invertebrates and consequently farmland birds, such as meadow pipit, linnet, swallow, blackbird, goldfinch and whitethroat.Ragged Robin
Through the Linking the Lizard partnership and local farmers, land across the Lizard Peninsula is being managed in a landscape scale approach. Following the Lawton principles, we are aiming to provide areas which are BIGGER, BETTER and, importantly, MORE JOINED UP for wildlife. Sandwiched between the existing National Trust owned land at Teneriffe farm, Predannack Airfield and parts of the Lizard National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, this parcel of land may be very small, but it plays a crucial role in this long term vision, providing a wildlife corridor between important habitats.

 OS map of the area

The fields have been leased to a local grazier who will manage the land as traditional hay meadows through mowing and grazing and without the use of any fertilisers or herbicides. This will ensure that the fields remain good places for wildlife as well as forming an important connection between existing sites.

Author:Justin Whitehouse (Countryside Manager; Lizard and Penrose)