Goss Moor National Nature Reserve
CARNE, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY
Goss Moor NNR is situated in the broad valley basin that forms the headwaters of the River Fal. It contains areas of dry and wet heath, mire, fen and open water, and a diverse mix of habitats. Some of Cornwall’s rarest plants can be found on the site, such as the rare yellow centaury, marsh clubmoss, Cornish moneywort and pillwort. Nearly 30 species of butterfly have been recorded including the marsh fritillary, with 18 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including the rare small red damselfly and the variable damselfly. Dormice live both in the grassy open areas and in areas dominated by willow. Otters are nocturnal visitors, as are roe deer, which can be seen as they venture out to graze. The River Fal and associated wetlands support populations of eel and brook lamprey. Over 70 species of birds breed on the site, and winter visitors include bittern, great grey shrike and hen harrier.
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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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