On 31st August, the Lizard National Nature Reserve expanded 466ha (from 1960ha), from Mullion Cove (west), across Goonhilly Downs (central peninsula), to Lowland Point (east). This makes the Lizard one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the South West!

The extended reserve includes the iconic National Trust coastline (Kynance Cove, Lizard Point and Black Head), and Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society’s reserve, Windmill Farm.

Site of Special Scientific Interests make up most of the land, as well as coastal farmland. The newly expanded national nature reserve will “continue to be managed by the National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and their tenants, supported by agri-environment schemes, and with advice from Natural England”.

According to Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Phil Bowler – Senior Reserves Manager for Natural England in Cornwall – commented on the annoucement:

“We’re excited to be able to announce this extension to the Lizard NNR, which gives the peninsula the wider recognition it deserves, as one of the nation’s best places for wildlife.””

Read more from Cornwall Wildlife Trust here.