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Nature lovers flock to holiday in Cornwall
While Cornwall is well known for surfing and its foodie heritage, its credentials as a haven for wildlife are often overlooked. The year-round mild climate in the UK’s most southerly county virtually guarantees fantastic opportunities to spot wildlife throughout Cornwall. If you’re a nature enthusiast, why not combine your next holiday to Cornwall with a few days dedicated to seeing wildlife in their natural habitat? After all, a holiday to Cornwall doesn’t just mean eating Cornish pasties on the beach.
Cornwall is awash with marine life thanks to the Gulf Stream which keeps the tidal waters relatively warm. Grey seals can be seen throughout the year whilst some other species such as the basking shark, the largest fish in UK waters, can only be seen in the summer. Children will love to watch the dolphins dipping in and out of the water off the Cornish coast. There are a few resident pods along the coastline-try the area around Falmouth or Sennen Cove for excellent dolphin-spotting opportunities. There are several ways to try and spot some of our marine mammals. On a calm day, find an elevated spot on one of the headlands and keep a sharp look out to sea. A flock of circling birds over the sea may give you a good indication of where some of the animals are hunting shoals of fish. Or if you’d rather be closer to the action, many companies offer boat trips to spot some of the most exciting species.
Autumn is a particularly good time of year to visit Cornwall, especially if you’re a keen bird watcher. At this time of year Cornwall’s summer residents such as swallows and swifts continue the journey south in search of warmer, African weather. It is also during the autumn that the Whooper swans and fieldfares journey to Cornwall to escape the bitingly cold Arctic winter. A stroll around the Lizard Peninsula is perhaps the best way to see and hear the birds migrating. Plus, as the land is carefully managed by the National Trust, the Lizard is a great place for spotting unusual British natives at whatever time of year you visit. You may also like to visit Tehidy Woods near Camborne to view flocks of native blue tits and robins in close proximity.
If the weather’s looking a bit bleak, why not consider a day out at the Eden Project located near St Austell? Home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, a trip to Eden is a great way of inspiring children for a lifelong love of wildlife and the natural world. There’s also plenty to do if you’re visiting without children; spend some time living the Mediterranean life before tackling a trek through the humid rainforest.
Sykes Cottages have a fantastic range of holiday properties available to choose from in Cornwall, why not book your next cottage holiday to Cornwall today? Renting a self-catering holiday cottage is a great way to enjoy a wildlife holiday in Cornwall. You’ll have plenty of space to take all the equipment you need such as binoculars, waterproofs and a camera to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Having your own kitchen means you won’t need to worry about what time meals are served if you need to make an early start.