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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - SI­MONE STANBROOK-BYRNE

Tcoast­line is spec­tac­u­lar. High, rugged cliffs plum­met to the sea, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent roost­ing sites for birds. Weather here can be fierce – but, with due cau­tion, this can lead to even bet­ter bird­ing. Gan­nets ap­pear in great quan­tity after storms. Very oc­ca­sion­ally a Chough, the pin­na­cle of any Cor­nish bird list, may call by. Rock Pip­its are plen­ti­ful and de­light­fully con­fid­ing. The area around St Agnes is rich in min­er­als and its min­ing his­tory OTHER WILDLIFE Be pre­pared for fast-chang­ing weather con­di­tions on this very ex­posed coast has earned it the sta­tus of a World Her­itage Site. The mag­nif­i­cent ruins of lofty en­gine houses add to the drama of the scenery. En­trances to old mine shafts are cov­ered by con­i­cal ‘Cl­wyd caps’ which pro­vide a safety bar­rier for un­wary walk­ers while al­low­ing ac­cess to roosts for Greater and Lesser Horse­shoe Bats. Grey seals are some­times seen from the coast path. The heath­land above Chapel Porth is a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI), like much of the coast­line around St Agnes, and is also a Spe­cial Area of Con­ser­va­tion, of Euro­pean im­por­tance. The residues of min­ing ren­der the land toxic and un­suit­able for agri­cul­ture, which means the heath­land that once cov­ered a huge area still sur­vives here in its nat­u­ral state. It is home to some rare plant species and a range of in­ver­te­brates. crag­gi­ness of Baw­den Rocks, just off­shore, as well as the cliffs. Raven ‘cronk ’ over­head. Stonechat find good van­tage points on gorse bushes.

3In the area of Tre­vau­nance Cove and the vil­lage there are Jack­daw, Chif­fchaff (in sea­son) Feral Pi­geon, House Spar­row, Black­bird, Robin, Wren and Star­ling.

Climb­ing over St Agnes Bea­con, lis­ten for Sky Lark and flocks of Lin­net are pos­si­ble, too.

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Gan­nets

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