Bird Watching around Lands End

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The South West of Cornwall is a mecca for birds and bird-watchers, offering some of the best bird watching in the country.
You can see birds all year round, but Spring and Autumn migrations can be the most exciting times to see a variety of species.

West Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly (28 miles west of Land’s End) have a much envied reputation for birdwatching. Rare birds are often blown off course during their migration and take an unscheduled break in this part of the Lands End peninsula.

We are ideally situated for visiting areas frequented by birds on migration. A few miles to the north are the valleys of KENIDJACK, COT AND NANQUIDNO, whilst a similar distance to the south lie NANJIZAL, PORTHGWARRA, ST LEVAN and PENBERTH. These valleys hold ‘common’ migrants [e.g. flycatchers, warblers, Whinchats and Wheaters] en route to their breeding grounds in the spring, and again in the autumn as they fatten up before going south to their wintering grounds. Many rarities find their way to these valleys and reward the diligent searcher.

The Lands End Peninsular

Cornish Choughs nest along the peninsular and during the breeding season they can be heard and seen flying and feeding along the cliff tops. Outside of the breeding season, up to 15 of these iconic birds have been seen foraging on the slopes below Land’s End. There are excellent sites within walking distance that regularly turn up Hoopoes, Wrynecks, Ring Ouzels and Golden Oriels as well as less common warblers.

Come and discover why the Land’s End area is the envy of the British birdwatching community and spot the countless unexpected species that turn up each year.

Sea Watching

If sea watching is your enthusiasm, then after a good ‘blow’ a passage of seabirds can be seen from virtually any headland. Do as the locals do and either tuck yourself under PENDEEN WATCH or hunker down on the cliffs above PORTHGWARRA. At times Gannets and Manx Shearwaters pass in their thousands, with Balearic Shearwaters and the occasional Sooty and Cory’s mixed in with them. Varius petrels, gulls, auks and skuas will test your identification skills.

The RSPB reserves at Marazion and Hayle are well worth visitng.

Our cottages are an ideal base for both the ardent ‘twitcher’ and the casual birder.

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