Summer Wildlife in Cornwall



We have been blessed this summer,  Cornwall’s usual mizzly June and July have been replaced with warm sunny days and the occasional shower meaning the county is looking lush and the flora is growing at a vast rate, gardens are full of bloom and it’s been one of the best growing seasons for many years. This time of year sees a flourish of wildlife too both on land and sea with weekly seal, dolphin, basking shark and whale sightings off both coasts; jellyfish encounters along beaches  and the very occasional leatherback turtle! For a chance to see all these wonderful creatures and many sea birds including Manx Shearwaters in their huge flocks and pelagic seagulls – the house martins of the sea, AK Widlife Cruises offer south coast 4 hour and day trips exploring the Fal Estuary and the Helford  and Padstow Sealife Safaris offer excursions on the North Coast from the popular Padstow and surrounding coastline including a seal cave safari!  If you fancy something a little more on dry land they also offer walking wildlife tours of Padstow, Trevose and the coastline. A perfect day trip from one of our Forgotten Houses such as Josiah’s Cottage or the Waggon House in Port Issac, a beautiful fishing village a short distance away from the popular Padstow and Rock area.


From one end of Cornwall to the other; Penzance is a very popular base for wildlife trips – for a unique wildlife and sailing experience set sail on a catamaran with Marine Discovery Penzance and if you fancy catching a fish or two, venture out with Mermaid Pleasure Trips  offering mackerel or deep sea fishing adventures for all the family. If again you’d rather stay on dry land a must visit is the newly refurbished Jubilee Pool – Cornwalls only sea water outdoor lido, Newlyn fish market for every fish under the sun – go early for the atmosphere of local traders and Fat Hen, a wonderful day or weekend foraging experience that takes you through Penzance’s surrounding countryside to forage for your food!


From South to North coast, which is at its narrowest point near Penzance, to St Ives and the surrounding area; a wonderful haven for beaches, wildlife watching and rugged rambling of the coast. Stay at Pencobben House at the beautiful Godrevy Point and take a coastal walk to the Gurnards Head to enjoy a lovely lunch before heading back, or discover what wildlife is hidden in the rockpools, from crabs and prawns to guppies and mussels there is so much life in Cornwall to explore.