Wildlife in Cornwall

Our rural location, diverse natural habitats and unique climate allow a wide range of wildlife in Cornwall to thrive. However, the challenges faced by the area are not unlike those faced elsewhere in the country, and a dedicated team under the guise of The Cornwall Wildlife Trust are working tirelessly to improve habitat, preserve natural spaces and offer ecological solutions to a vast array of issues faced by society.

From tree planting to maintaining marine conservation zones, The Cornwall Wildlife Trust are responsible for some of the most crucial bits of environmental work in the county. The Trust owns or manages 57 nature reserves across Cornwall, covering more than 5,500 acres (2,000 hectares). These reserves are a haven for some of the rarest and most endangered species in the county, and some provide the perfect ‘pit-stops’ for migratory birds and other animals.

The State of Nature report is a new report from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, presenting an overview on how wildlife is faring in the region, and what can be done to improve conditions throughout the county. The picture is mixed, and the report summarises that there is a lot of work to do, as in many areas of the world when it comes to our climate and natural environment. That being said, there are some good news stories – the natural return of the Chough in 2021 was very welcome, as were the return of Eurasian Beavers in many areas of the region. An increase in numbers of large herbivore species such as the Roe Deer have also not gone unnoticed.

As a charity, Cornwall Wildlife Trust are always looking for supporters and volunteers – you can also make a donation here. Many Wildlife Trust events can be found here – ranging from garden open events to guided walks and seaweed hunts.

You can also view more on their blog.

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