Very rare plant at Kynance Cove in Cornwall: Hairy Greenweed
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Hairy Greenweed is a very rare plant, only found in west Cornwall and Wales, so it was a bit of a surprise to find so much of it on the slopes above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. … Read More

Spring Sandwort at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula
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You just know when you visit the Lizard peninsula that you will find a wild flower that is beautiful or special and often both. This cushion of Spring Sandwort is undeniably beautiful with its flowers of 5 white petals on … Read More

Vulnerable gentian on The Lizard
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Walking across the heath above Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall last weekend it was obvious that autumn is here. The Cornish Heath (Erica vagans) was no longer colouring the landscape pink, as it has since July, and patches … Read More

Wild flowers near Kynance Cove: Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil
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A small number of Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil plants were flowering at the base of a large rock alongside the high tide path from the National Trust car park to Kynance Cove at the end of July. Insight into Slender Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus … Read More

Great Burnet near Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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These tall, red flowers were on the heath above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Insight into Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis): native in the British Isles, this perennial flowers from June to September. It is a member of … Read More

Lesser Centaury
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A few of these deep pink flowers were alongside the path on the heath approaching Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. One of the plants had flowers with only four petals rather than the usual five and, just … Read More

Crown Vetch near Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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On a trip looking for rarities at Kynance Cove we couldn’t just drive past this fine display of Crown Vetch on the roadside near the National Trust car park even though it’s not rare at all. Insight into Crown Vetch … Read More

Wild Asparagus on Asparagus Island
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Sometimes you know where you need to go to get a chance of finding something a bit special. We were at Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall at a stage of the tide where you could walk across the … Read More

Harebell – rare in south west England
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These beautiful, delicate, blue, nodding flowers of Harebell were alongside the High Tide path from the National Trust car park to Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight into Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia): a member of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), … Read More

Cornish Heath
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These pink flowers on bright green foliage are abundant on the heaths above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula at the moment. Three other members of the heath family were flowering alongside the Cornish Heath. They were Bell Heather (Erica … Read More

Very rare plant Fringed Rupturewort on The Lizard
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Fringed Rupturewort is one of a number of rare plants to be found on The Lizard in Cornwall. So far we’ve recorded it at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove. It’s not a great showy flower so it’s a little underwhelming … Read More

Bloody Crane’s-bill at Kynance Cove in Cornwall
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A mass of these beautiful purple flowers were on the slopes above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula at the weekend. Insight into Bloody Crane’s-bill (Geranium sanguineum): a native usually found in north and west Britain, it is also found … Read More

Big black beetles: Black Oil Beetle
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The south west is a stronghold for oil beetles which may be seen walking across paths and bare ground at this time of year. These large black beetles are flightless and slow moving so are easily spotted. There are four … Read More

What’s that snake curled up on the path?
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Adders seem to be everwhere we go in Cornwall at the moment – see Is this the Most Southerly Snake in Britain? post a little over a week ago. This pair were curled up amongst the heather at Kynance Cove … Read More

Western Clover above Kynance Cove on The Lizard
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We found several patches of Western Clover amongst the short grass on the cliffs above Kynance Cove on The Lizard at the weekend. Insight: Western Clover (Trifolium occidentale) is native but very local, found in Cornwall, on the Channel Islands … Read More

Male Stonechat in Full Breeding Plumage at Kynance Cove
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This adult male Stonechat was showing well in the hedge by the National Trust car park at Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight: The male Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) in full breeding plumage is boldly marked, with an orange … Read More

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