A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Dog's Mercury

Found mainly in woodlands and hedgerows, Dog's Mercury is far from showy, but is distinguished by being one of the earlier plants to flower each year.
Photo: Steve Townsend



Dropwort is a lover of basic soils, and can be found blooming on the serpentine of the Lizard Peninsula from May to August.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle (photo by Ray Surridge)Damp weather is annoying for humans, but good for fungi, like this Dryad’s Saddle, a common bracket fungus on dead and decaying wood.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Dyer's Greenweed

Dyer's GreenwoodThe yellow flowers of Dyer’s Greenweed can be seen on the Lizard from June to August. The cliffs near Kynance Farm are a good place to look.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Early Forget-me-not

Early Forget-me-notIn the spring, look out for the tiny and delicate blue flowers of Early Forget-me-not nestling on sandy cliff-top and heathland soils round the Lizard.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Early-purple Orchid

Early-purple Orchids enjoy the serpentine soils of the Lizard.
Photo: Steve Townsend


EarthtonguesThere are nine species of Earthtongues in the UK. Often overlooked, they are an important indicator of ancient unimproved grassland.
Photo: Steve Townsend

English Stonecrop

Carpets of English Stonecrop flower from June to September on the rocks of the Lizard.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Evening-primroseEvening-primrose can be spotted into the autumn in milder weather.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Field Gentian

Field GentianThe lovely violet flowers of Field Gentian are a rarity. More common in the north of the UK, they are found in a small handful of places on The Lizard in late summer, including old trackways across the heaths.
Photo: Steve Townsend