Bird Watching

Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly which lie 28 miles west of the Land’s End have a much envied reputation for birdwatching. Rare birds are often blown off course during their migration and take an unscheduled break in Cornwall.
The birdlife of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is constantly changing. Species once considered rare visitors can suddenly appear in large numbers. Cattle Egrets, usually an uncommon visitor with only 12 records in Cornwall in a period of 26 years, are now becoming a more common sight.
During the months from August to October many rare birds can be seen as they get blown off course while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Artic Skua
During 2002 a pair of Hoopoes spent several days in the valley behind Porthgwarra. These striking birds would normally reside in continental Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Peregrine Falcons, now well established in Cornwall, bred on a clifftop site on the North Cornish coast; and a pair of Choughs, Cornwall’s national bird, not seen here for many years bred successfully for the first time in 50 years, producing 4 chicks.
In August 2009, around the Land’s End Peninsula alone, in varous sites from Hayle, St Ives, Pendeen Watch, Botallack, Sennen Cove, Land’s End, Porthgwarra, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, there have been sightings of Mediterranean Gull, Wilson`s Storm-petrel, Arctic Shearwater, Storm-petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, Common Scoter, Whimbrel, Sandwich Tern, Black-browed Albatross, Cory`s Shearwater, Pied Flycatcher, Puffins, Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Pectoral Sandpiper, Curlew, Common Rosefinch, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua, Spotted Crake and Black-throated Diver.
If you or your group would like to join a pelagic cruise contact Paul on 01736 753678 or 07794 559 881
For more information on birding see

On our pelagic cruises we sometimes spot dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and sunfish – so don’t forget to bring your camera!

common dolphins

not as fearsome as it looks....

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