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Wild Flowers of the Cornish Valleys and Lizard Peninsula

Tour Code: GBR30

A 4-day tour to discover the rich flora of Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula and the Cornish valleys - Britain's southernmost point.

4 days from £475(flights not included) Land Only Price: £0 SRS: £135


The Lizard Peninsula is renowned as being among the top four botanical sites in the UK due to its southerly aspect and the unique composition of its geology. During our 3-night stay we’ll explore maritime grazed heathland and pasture, sheltered sandy coves, impressive cliffs and inland acid habitats in search of botanical treasures, from diminutive clovers to stately Tree-mallows. Our botanical forays will include Lizard Point, a ramble along the coastal path from Kynance Cove and the outcrops of mineral-rich serpentine rocks in this area, which harbour a variety of unusual plant species. In early June many of the flowers should be at their best, and though the focus of this short break is on plant life, we will also enjoy birds and other wildlife as we make our leisurely daily excursions.

  • Scenic coastal walks with picturesque harbours
  • Rare clovers including Long-headed, Upright and Twin-headed
  • Beautiful flower-studded coves and valleys
  • Breeding Choughs at Lizard point
  • Rare plants and migrant birds in secluded Cornish valleys
  • 3-night stay in a comfortable and secluded Falmouth hotel

Food

Breakfast and evening meals are included in the tour price but lunches are not included.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel. All rooms have private facilities and the food is freshly prepared and localy sourced. A number of single occupancy rooms maybe available at a supplementary cost.

Thrift (David Shute)

Thrift (David Shute)

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Days 1-4 The Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard peninsula points like a finger out into the English Channel, south of Helston. It is renowned as being amongst the top four botanical sites in the UK due to its southerly aspect and the unique composition of its geology. The headland consists of large areas of maritime grazed heathland and pasture, sheltered sandy coves, impressive cliffs and inland acid heath.

During our three-night stay we will explore all these habitats in search of their botanical treasures from the diminutive clovers to the stately Tree-mallows. On one day we will start with a search of the tide-line for maritime species at Gunwalloe Church Cove and visit the inland heath at Goonhilly Down before moving on to Lizard Point where we will take a short walk to the east along the cliff path. On another we will take a longer ramble along the coastal path from Kynance Cove to the small botanically rich Gew Graze valley below Kynance Farm. Here we will be especially seeking the curious outcrops of mineral-rich rock known as serpentine which harbour many of the more unusual species. Similarly a walk south from Cadgwith should prove rewarding.

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Wed 23rd May 2018 - Sat 26th May 2018

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