A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Cornish Hedges

Cornish Hedgerow

In Cornwall there are about 30,000 miles of hedges, our largest semi-natural habitat. Often with additional grassy margins and ditches, they provide a variety of conditions which elsewhere occur only in a wide range of different habitats.
The typical Cornish hedge is a hybrid between a stone wall and an earth bank, many miles of maintained farm hedges will contribute to the abundance of the Lizards flora and Fauna.
The Lizard Peninsula contains some of the most specialised flora of any area in Britain, including many Red Data Book plant species. A particular feature is the Cornish heath, Erica vagans, that occurs in abundance on the Lizard, but which is found nowhere else in Britain. There are more than 600 species of flowering plants on the Lizard, nearly a quarter of all UK species.

Published: Nov 2015
Author: Sofia Valles (Agent and Group Secretary NFU)