There is a great deal to offer those who like to explore the flora and fauna which inhabit this delightful corner of Great Britain.
An area of outstanding natural beauty:
Cornwall is studded with geologically important sites as well as inland and coastal landscapes. Much of the land away from the coast is used for agriculture. In a patchwork of fields, many of which were laid out in medieval times, meat and milk production are the most economically rewarding, though horticulturists like to take advantage of the mild local microclimate.
On the wonderful rugged coast,such areas as the Lizard are so important that they are protected in order to remain unspoilt. The coastline of Cornwall has been shaped by the pounding seas over millions of years, resulting in today ’s dramatic north coast which includes headlands such as Tintagel and St.Agnes, rolling dunes and some of Britain ’s highest cliffs at Boscastle.
The softer lines of the south coast harbour tiny coves and more sheltered sites, with oak fringed estuaries blending into the landscape where rivers meet the sea. Geological formations such as serpentine stacks and reefs around the Lizard are the result of exposure to the elements which prevail in Cornwall, and mineral rich rocks around Land’s End have been mined for centuries.
Deserted mineworkings and chimneys still dot the landscape, reminding you of the historical importance of this remarkable county. Bodmin Moor, dominated by great granite tors and unusual river profiles has generated folklore and legend for countless centuries. The Lizard ’s heath plateau and Penwith Peninsula moorland are also considered distinctive scientifically. Nature Reserves
For further information on the work of the RSPB and special events taking place, please contact the Nanor Office, Marazion. Telephone –01736 711682, www.rspb.org.uk The Monkey Sanctuary
A colony of Woolly Monkeys has been settled here for over 30 years. Roaming in their adopted territory, the Woolly Monkeys spend much of their time enjoying each other's company – playing, feeding, grooming - much as they would in their natural South American habitat.
The gardens are home to protected species such as the Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly, and you are welcome to enjoy the landscaped areas. There are tea-rooms where you can relax and an adventure play area and children ’s activity room ensure that the Sanctuary has plenty to offer even the wildest of small imaginations.
For more information please contact The Monkey Sanctuary at Murraytown, Looe, telephone 01503 262532, www.monkeysanctuary.org