Nestled within this idyllic landscape, Upton Towans nature reserve holds a special place in the hearts of conservationists and nature enthusiasts alike. This stunning reserve provides a serene escape for visitors to experience the rare and diverse ecosystem of sand dunes, salt marshes, and heathland, all of which contribute to the rich plant and animal life thriving within the reserve.
Whistlefish is so proud that we have now become Reserve Guardians for Upton Towans for 2023, highlighting the reserve's importance in preserving the natural beauty of the Cornish coast. A Reserve Guardian is a person or business that has donated a charitable amount towards protecting and helping to preserve one of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserves and wild places.
Whistlefish founder and CEO accepting the Reserve Guardian certificate for Upton Towans.
“Cornwall Wildlife Trust plays a vital role in the region. As an admirer of animals and nature and an owner of rare heavy horses, I understand the significance of safeguarding all creatures, big and small, as well as preserving their habitats so they can thrive and encourage more biodiversity to flourish in these places. We must, must, must protect our wild spaces.”
Upton Towans Nature Reserve: A Hidden Gem in Cornwall
If you're searching for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further than Upton Towans Nature Reserve in Cornwall. Located in the village of Hayle, visible from the Three Mile Beach is Upton Towans. A vast expanse of sand dunes that stretch for over two miles along the Cornish coast. As proud Reserve Guardians for Upton Towans, Whistlefish recognises the reserve's importance in preserving the natural beauty of the Cornish coast.
Photo: Dune Storm by Ben Watkins
Upton Towans, next to Gwithian and Godrevy, offers visitors the opportunity to explore a rare and diverse ecosystem of sand dunes, salt marshes, and heathland that support a rich diversity of plant and animal life. The reserve is a must visit destination in Cornwall for nature enthusiasts and anyone seeking tranquillity and natural beauty.
The sand dunes are one of the most striking features of Upton Towans, with some of the largest and most extensive in Cornwall. These dunes are constantly shifting and changing, creating a unique landscape that is home to a range of specialist plants and animals, including rare species such as the sand lizard and the six-spot burnet moth.
Upton Towans also has a rich cultural heritage, with remnants of old mining activity and ancient burial mounds dating back to the Bronze Age. Guided walks with one of the reserve's knowledgeable and experienced rangers offer visitors a unique insight into the reserve's natural history and cultural heritage and provide the chance to see some of the reserve's rare and endangered species up close.
Upton Towans Nature Reserve is open to visitors all year round, and admission is free. Whether you are a seasoned nature enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful and relaxing day out, Upton Towans is the perfect destination. The reserve is easily accessible by car or public transport, and plenty of parking is available nearby.
Photo: Sunset Juvenile Robin by Ben Watkins
Upton Towans Nature Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including several rare and endangered species that are adapted to live in the unique habitat of sand dunes. Some of the animals that can be found on the dunes include:
Adder: The adder is the UK's only venomous snake that is found on the heathland and grassy areas of Upton Towans. They are shy and generally avoid humans, but it is important to keep a safe distance if you spot one.
Skylark: The skylark is a small bird that is found on the dunes and heathland of Upton Towans. They are known for their beautiful song and can often be heard singing high in the sky.
Peregrine Falcon: The peregrine falcon is a rare and protected bird species found on the cliffs overlooking Upton Towans. They are known for their impressive hunting skills and can often be seen soaring high above the reserve.
Grey Seal: Grey seals can often be spotted in the waters off Upton Towans, especially during the winter months when they come to breed. They are a protected species and it is important to keep a safe distance if you spot one.
These are just a few of the many species of wildlife that call Upton Towans home. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful and relaxing day out, the reserve is the perfect destination to experience the beauty and diversity of Cornwall's natural landscape.
Photo: Upton Towans Sunset by Ben Watkins
In conclusion, Upton Towans Nature Reserve is a true hidden gem in Cornwall that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. With its stunning coastal scenery, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, the reserve is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking natural beauty and tranquillity. Plan your visit today and discover the magic of Upton Towans for yourself.
How else can you support Cornwall Wildlife Trust?
You can help support the work of Cornwall Wildlife Trust by becoming a member. You can sign up easily on their website for just £2.50 a month! Other tiers of membership include Joint and Family memberships.
If people would like to become a member and support the work of Cornwall Wildlife Trust visit their website to find out more and join: https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/support-us/become-member
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