Habitats and Wildlife

Located on the North Coast of Cornwall, St Agnes represents an unspoilt and charismatic village representing quintessential Cornish culture. Set within stunning landscapes rich in history and wildlife, St Agnes boasts 4 stunning beaches that are overlooked by majestic relics providing clues to the areas distant past. Scattered with ruins from its history of tin mining, including the iconic clifftop ruins of Wheal Coates, these buildings provide excellent bases to explore and let the imagination run wild as you watch the sunset over the ocean. The environment around St Agnes is protected via a designation as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ as well as a ‘World Heritage Site’.  The main habitat along the coastline is maritime/coastal heathland harbouring a plethora of plant life, including species such as Squill, Southern Marsh Orchids, Bell Heather and Yellow Kidney Vetch. This often dense layer of vegetation provides shelter and food for a variety of reptile and bird species. A short walk up to the top of Beacon Hill will take you through some excellent examples of this landscape, as well as providing breath-taking views of St Agnes and the north coast.

Share your Wildlife Sighting with St Agnes MCG

Submit your sighting using the form below, through the St Agnes recording group on Online Recording for Kernow and Scilly (ORKS) – supported by ERCCIS

  Apart from the beautiful variety of life above land, a hidden world exists underwater within the secret rock pools and nutrient-rich waters around Bawden Rocks. This opens up a whole new area of underwater discovery and adventure with much wildlife visible to those willing to explore this underwater world, including species such as the razorbill, puffin and pink sea fans. The coastal waters off St Agnes are also home to various larger, more noticeable, marine mammals like the gigantic Basking Shark that filter feeds plankton and Bottlenose Dolphin. Furthermore St Agnes has just been declared a Dark Skies Discovery Site, meaning it is one of the best areas in Cornwall to gaze at the night sky and train the eye on the wonders of the universe. With its extensive variety of wildlife set within stunning surroundings, its not hard to see why the waters of St Agnes are worthy of protection.

Mussels High and Dry by Alan Barker The Rocky Shore

The shores within the St Agnes VMCA are home to a huge variety of marine life from green shore crabs and limpets to colourful sea squirts and tompot blennies. Find out more…

Stunning view of Bawden rock from Trevaunance Cove

 Bawden Rock

Just off Trevaunance Cove is the sea mount called Bawden Rock, a paradise for birds and divers alike. Find out more…

Cross Coombe Cliffs by Alan Barker

Cliff Tops

Some of the most stunning views in Cornwall are from the cliff tops around St Agnes, and home to coastal flowers and birds. Find out more…

Fumar returning to our cliffs to breed

Sea Birds

Every spring and summer, St Agnes is home to many nesting sea birds including Fulmar and Puffins. Find out more…

Basking Shark by Sam Morgan Moore Ltd

Marine Mammals and Sharks

If your lucky you might just catch a glimps of some of the dolphins, porpoise which live around ST Agnes and the whales and basking sharks that visit our coast each year.

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