A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Former WW2 bunker ‘recommissioned’ after 70 years

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.

Friends of Poldhu

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

Green Standards Report

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.

Heathland Management Course at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve

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.

Heathland restoration and re-creation on The Lizard

On The Lizard we can still enjoy relatively large expanses of heathland on a truly landscape scale. They are world famous for their unique assemblage of plants and animals and have been on the botanist's 'must see' list at least since John Ray, the 'Father of English botany', made the first botanical record here in 1667. He discovered 'Juniper or Firre-leaved heath (Cornish heath) by the wayside going from Helston to Lizard Point'.

An area of previously dense conifer plantation that has been felled to allow the restoration of a mosaic of heathland habitats including heath, scrub, tracks and ponds.An area of previously dense conifer plantation that has been felled to allow the restoration of a mosaic of heathland habitats including heath, scrub, tracks and ponds.

Help Protect the Nature you Love

Rare prostrate asparagus (NT photo library)On the Lizard we are lucky to have one of the most protected landscapes and habitats in the country. The whole peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have a large National Nature Reserve, lots of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of conservation and more....
These designations, set up by European directives as long ago as the 1970s have helped protect many really special plants, animals and places from potential damage, development or neglect. Skylark - S BuryHowever, these laws are coming under threat as a review set up by the European Commission could potentially weaken their integrity.
These wildlife areas really do matter, they help protect our water supplies, pollinate our crops and they give all of us places where we can get closer and be inspired by nature.
You can help voice your opinion by completing the Nature Alert Survey www.naturealert.eu/en

Published: June 2015
Author: Alastair Cameron (General Manager, The Lizard and Penrose)

Help record the 'Sounds of our Shores' this summer

 Sounds of the shore logo

I’m really very excited about the new 'Sounds of our Shores' project that launched just last week. Find out what we are up to and how you can get involved by clicking on this audio clip or by reading the blog below:

Children recording coastal sounds at Birling Gap, East SussexAs part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Neptune Coastline Campaign National Trust are working with National Trust for Scotland and the British Sound Library to create the first ever coastal sound map; an archive of new and old coastal sounds from across the UK. We can’t do this alone, we need your help.
Over the next three months we are asking you go out to your local coast or a new stretch of coast and to discover and record the sounds that you hear there. You can then upload them to the 'Sounds of our Shores' audio boom channel.

Historic Boundary Hedge Restoration at Teneriffe

Teneriffe Farm on the west coast of the LizardPredannack Cliffs and Teneriffe Farm on the west coast of the Lizard are an extremely diverse historic landscape. There is the coastal grassland and heathland of the National Nature Reserve, and the ancient and unchanged coastal fields where the boundaries have always remain untouched. And then there are the slightly inland fields, which are a little more productive, and the arable fields of Teneriffe. Every field is different. Stone hedging forms the boundaries, some is ancient and some not quite so old.