A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Ramsons (species profile)

RamsonsIn spring and early summer, the garlic scent of Ramsons is everywhere in the deciduous woodlands, hedges and verges round the Lizard.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Red Valerian (species profile)

Red Valerian (photo by Amanda Scott)The rich magenta and ruby hues of Red Valerian are a lovely sight in the summer, whispering of Mediterranean summers.
Photo: Amanda Scott




Rock Samphire (species profile)

Rock SamphireThe yellow-green flowers of Rock Samphire brighten the coastline through the summer months.
Photo: Amanda Scott 



Round-leaved Sundew (species profile)

Look on the paths and open firebreaks of the Crousa Downs for Round-leaved Sundew, which flowers in the summer.
Photo: Steve Townsend



Scurvygrass - Lizard Connections

Scury grassWell April 1st seems a perfect day to get our bodies out of winter torpor, clean off the walking boots and head off to the promised- land that we all know as The Lizard. It is probably a good time to coax our brains back into action as well so I thought that we should start off with something relatively simple.

So April's challenge is to find the connection between
Harry Potter - Captain Cook - Bad weather on the A30 and The Lizard

Your answer will be aided by a walk along the coastal footpath or even a drive down the A30. So something for locals and visitors alike. We could even find you some tenuous links with 'Poldark' and 'Banished', two very contrasting period dramas currently taking up prime television schedules.

Anyone walking The Lizard's coastal path will not fail to notice the swathes of white along the coastal cliffs and crannies. The same could be said of the swathes of white on the roadside verges spotted whilst driving down the A30 within the legal speed limits.

Sea Campion (species profile)

Sea Campion can sometimes be seen flowering in the colder months of the year on The Lizard.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Sea-holly (species profile)

Sea-hollyLoe Bar is a wonderful place to spot Sea-holly. Sand, sea and beautiful blue flowers…
Photo: Andy Pay

Sheep's-bit (species profile)

Usually flowering in high summer, the Lizard climate can see Sheep's-bit in bloom as early as June.
Photo: Steve Townsend



Smooth Hawk's-beard (species profile)

Often found on bare ground and road verges, as well as on heaths and grasslands, the yellow flowers of Smooth Hawk’s-beard can be seen brightening the Lizard from mid-summer until early autumn.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Snowdrops (species profile)

Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, The Lizard, CornwallIn February, the weather might still be cold and blustery, but snowdrops, the early heralds of spring, are already poking out their gleaming white heads.
Photo: Amanda Scott