Where to go in Cornwall
World Heritage Status
Of course Cornwall is not just famous for it's wildlife. It is difficult to visit Cornwall without noticing its mining history, there is evidence of it all over Cornwall.
Much of the landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was transformed in the 18th and early 19th centuries due to the activities of tin and copper mining and there is still dramatic evidence of these mining activities here including engine houses, foundries, ports and harbours and deep underground mines.
There are lots of excellent places to visit on your own and there are also walks and talks organised by groups like the The Trevithick Society and Carn Brea Mining Society. A number of important historical mining related sites in Cornwall have recently achieved World Heritage Status and details can be found on the World Heritage Status web site.
The National Trust is a charity with a very big presence in Cornwall. It owns and manages many large areas of outstanding natural beauty throughout Cornwall that include important natural habitats like Pentire and West Penwith.
In recent years it has been a big influence in the protection of estuaries with acquisitions on the Rivers Fal, Dart and Exe. These habitats are of special importance to our wildlife. They also manage lots of property of historic interest and importance, including some of our historic mining history. St Michaels Mount is just one of the National Trust properties open to visitors to Cornwall.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Cornwall has an exceptional natural environment and a vast variety of animals and plants and not just moths!
There are plenty of nature reserves here to enjoy and explore. Cornwall Wildlife Trust is a local conservation charity that organises a wide range of wildlife-related events and activities. They also support many wildlife and conservation specialist groups (mostly volunteers) working on a wide variety of projects. They currently manage over 50 nature reserves which are nearly all open to the general public.
You do not have to be a member to visit reserves or attend events. Up-to-date details of all the Trust's nature reserves, walks, talks and other activities are available on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust web site.
Of course we can't forget our Cornish beaches.
There are miles and miles of beaches in Cornwall with a hugh amount of wildlife and recreational interest.
Newquay has been a magnet for surfers for years and people of all ages surf there all year round.