A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Common Sandpiper (species profile)

Common SandpiperThis Common Sandpiper was recently spotted on the Helford, probably on its way south on migration. Read on to find a video showing its characteristic, and very endearing, bobbing motion as it forages for food. 
Photo (and video): Ray Surridge

Cormorant (species profile)

CormorantCormorants are expert fishers: they can be seen round the coast of the Lizard and on the Helford.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Cuckoo (species profile)

Cuckoo, by Aviceda from Wikimedia CommonsCuckoos migrate back to the UK in the spring.
Photo: Aviceda (Wikimedia Commons)


Curlew (species profile)

CurlewWatch out on the Lizard for Curlews in July and August as they start to move to the coast. Some are on their way to southern Europe and Africa, but others are resident in the UK.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Dunlin (species profile)

DunlinDunlins can be spotted in estuaries and salt marshes in the autumn and winter. 
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Dunnock (species profile)

DunnockThe Dunnock is an unassuming small brown bird, easily confused with but unrelated to the Sparrow. Watch out for it sidling about in the undergrowth. 
Photo: © Natural England/Allan Drewitt

Fieldfare (species profile)

FieldfareFlocks of Fieldfares can be spotted out on The Lizard through the winter.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Firecrest (species profile)

Firecrest, the-lizard.org, CornwallA flash of fiery bronze – watch out for flocks of beautiful Firecrests in the spring.
Photo: Dougy Wright

Fulmar (species profile)

FulmarsFulmars look superficially like gulls but are, in fact, related to Albatrosses. They can be spotted near to coastal cliffs, such as at Lizard Point.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Gannet (species profile)

This striking Gannet was spotted flying past Bass Point. Gannets do not breed on the Lizard, but can be seen flying past as they hunt far and wide for food.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway