Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve



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Golitha Falls NNR lies in the steep-sided, wooded valley of the River Fowey, which flows through it in a series of spectacular cascades which drop nearly 300ft. It’s one of Cornwall’s richest valleys for mosses and lichens, with more than 120 species recorded. Wildflowers that flourish in the ancient oak woodlands include bluebells and wood anemone, while the meadows are home to bugle, self-heal, white clover, common tormentil and valerian. The reserve is also home to the shy dormouse, which lives in the ancient hazel coppice, and noctule, brown long-eared and lesser horseshoe bats have also been recorded. The river supports healthy populations of both salmon and sea trout, and otters are often seen exploring the falls. The reserve supports 83 species of moth, including the notable double lines. Butterflies include the meadow brown, marbled white, green veined white, gatekeeper, small skipper, ringlet, speckled wood and silver-washed fritillary.

Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve
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