From the sea to the hills, the sky to the towns there is always wildlife to be seen in Cornwall. From the everyday to the exotic this wonderful county is home to a wide variety of animals on land, sea and sky.
For a free viewing of our native wildlife, walk along any coast to glimpse coughs, curlews, herons and of course a sea gull or two; find seals, basking sharks and the occasional dolphin in our blue seas and venture through the countryside to find foxes, wild ponies, and deer.
But what about the more unusual animals to be found in Cornwall? There are a number of surprising creatures great and small found along the coast and on land due to our tepid warm climate. Walk the grasslands to find snakes and lizards, board a boat and you might be lucky enough to see whales, sharks and turtles or venture out at dusk and dawn to marvel at hawks, weasels and perhaps the beast of bodmin moor.
For the more exotic animal there are a vast number of sanctuaries in Cornwall houses everything from seals, owls and monkeys. Visit The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek to find out how they support and look after injured seals and pups until they are ready to be released, visit them in hospital, see the young pups and even feed them.
For everything bird related visit Paradise Park – an exotic bird haven with a huge variety of birds from penguins to parrots or learn about owls and birds of prey, see flying displays and adopt an owl at The Screech Owl Sanctuary at St Columb and from birds to monkeys with over 36 monkeys at The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe.
For farmyard fun visit Trevaskis Farm or Callestick to see a range of farm animals and enjoy some delicious cake or icecream too or venture below the sea at Newquays Blue Reef Aquarium to see seahorses, sting rays and all things under the sea.
Wether it’s an attraction or adventure to be had there’s an animal for everyone in Cornwall, from seals to snakes, curlews to crocodiles you really can see them all.