Discover Wildlife and Heritage on the Lizard peninsula

Autumn on the Lizard peninsula
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Summer birds
Birds you could see in the summer on The Lizard
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Goonhilly Downs
Explore places to visit and walks on The Lizard
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Cornish Heath
Flora to look for in autumn on the Lizard peninsula
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Southern Hawker dragonfly
Explore Windmill Farm Reserve's flora and fauna
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Find out more about the lifecycle of the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly
In early autumn, Marsh Fritillary caterpillars can still be seen basking in their webs on warm, sunny days
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Cornish Choughs
Celebrating a record-breaking year for Cornish Choughs
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Unique and wildlife rich

Flower-rich meadows, rolling heaths, windswept cliffs, marine life above and below the waves, woods, freshwater ponds and streams…put them together and all these different habitats are why The Lizard is so special for wildlife.

Known especially for its unique and abundant flora and wide landscapes, you will also find birds, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and, of course, a multitude of marine life. Explore further to find out more about the extraordinary natural world of The Lizard. 

Botanical riches

The Lizard is one of the most botanically diverse regions in the UK.

Birds and other animals

The Lizard is not only a favourite UK destination for birdwatching: you can also enjoy seeing a wealth of other marine and land species.

History in the landscape

Find out how humans have helped shape the unique landscape and habitats of The Lizard for thousands of years.

 Lizard wildlife

The Lizard is known for its wonderful flora, but it is also home to many other species, from dragonflies and butterflies to mammals and amphibians. Investigate our species profiles to help you identify any plants and animals you spot.

Walks and places to visit

You are spoiled for choice on The Lizard when deciding where to go and what to see. From the beautiful coastline with its cliffs, rockpools and sandy beaches, to the woods of the Helford and the heaths of Goonhilly, there is so much to explore. Here, we give you information about the different areas on the peninsula, and suggest some walks.

About us

Welcome to Natural Lizard, the website of the Linking The Lizard Countryside Partnership. This is your one-stop shop for information about wildlife, conservation and enjoying the ‘outdoors' on The Lizard Peninsula, in Cornwall.

We are working together to ensure that the land in our care is managed in a coordinated, sustainable and inclusive way that benefits people, wildlife and cultural heritage. We also work to build both flexibility and resilience in the face of increasing environmental, social and economic pressures, such as climate change and the changing face of agriculture.

Our work

National Nature Reserve(NNR)

The Lizard Peninsula is one of the finest places in the country for both landscape and wildlife, with a wealth of plants, animals and habitats that make visiting the area a must for nature lovers.

Get involved 
(including Groundswell)

Volunteering with us is a great way to spend time outdoors and discover some of our special places, while doing ‘good stuff’ for people and nature. We have a range of opportunities on offer,.....

Conservation and land management

Together, we work hard to look after and enhance biodiversity on The Lizard. Conservation managers, landowners and farmers all play an important role.

Research and publications

It does not take a genius to know that the more we know about our nature reserve and associated land the better we can care for it.  People have been recording and researching the flora and fauna....