Wildlife at Land's End, Cornwall

Land's End and the Lizard, the extreme points of Cornwall, are a haven for wildlife.

The visitors to Land's End are seasonal - for a large portion of the year Land's End is a tranquil haven for wildlife. The rich carpet of wildflowers provides ample food for thousands of insects that rely on the nectar. A good supply of insects ensures lots of food for insect eating birds. Peregrine falcons may also occasionally be spotted.

Marine life around Land's End

Scuba diving is good in the waters off of Land's End partly because of the marine life that finds shelter in the underwater rocks and partly because of the pinnancle of rock called the Runnel stone that the SS City of Westminster crashed into and sank in 1923. This patch of sea continues to be a threat to mariners and is known as the 'sailor's graveyard'.

Grey seals breed on the rocks below Longships Lighthouse and seals can be spotted most of the year round but especially September and October.

Dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks can be spotted out to sea.

The types of fish in the waters include pollack, ling, red mullet, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, corkwing wrasse, dogfish, tompot blenny, leopard spot goby, cuttlefish, redmen's fingers, and deadmen's fingers.


Sea birds at Land's End

sea birds at Land's End CornwallAny walker will confirm that there are plenty of seagulls swirling overhead, especially when picnic lunches appear on the horizon.

Other sea birds present include fulmars, shag and herring gulls.


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