Goonhilly Downs National Nature Reserve

Goonhilly Downs National Nature Reserve

The Lizard Peninsula is one of the best locations in the country for wildlife, with a wealth of rare plants, invertebrates and habitats that make visiting the area is a must for nature lovers.

The NNR on the Lizard has been extended by 466ha (from 1960ha) to include additional wildlife rich areas in the care of The National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The enlarged reserve now stretches from Mullion Cove in the west, across Goonhilly Downs in the centre of the peninsula, to Lowland Point, near Coverack in the east.

A prime Cornish heathland site on the Lizard peninsula, selected by the SPNR as 'worthy of preservation'. Goonhilly Downs is now designated a SSSI and is part of the wider Lizard National Nature Reserve. The area is dominated by the large satellite dishes of Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station. Close to Goonhilly Downs is another heathland nature reserve - North Predannack Downs - owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

National Nature Reserves give recognition to the very best sites for wildlife.  The Lizard NNR, first declared in the 1970s and managed by Natural England, covers nearly 2000ha of spectacular heath and coastline. Here you will find an amazing diversity of thriving wildlife, including especially rare and unusual plants with the heathland, coastal cliff vegetation and temporary ponds, being of international importance.