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
Common Moor
Phone : 01726 891096


About The area


Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.

In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.

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