Gwithian Towans LNR
Designated site name: Gwithian Towans LNR   View map
LNR Type: Rural Type:  
County: CORNWALL Natural England Area Team: Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Gwithian to Mexico Towans SSSI
Date of Declaration: 01/01/2006 Declaring Authority: Cornwall County Council
Area (Ha): 32.76 Grid Reference: SW 578 410
Owned By:  Cornwall District Council Managed By:  Penwith District Council and Cornwall District Council
Location: North of St Ives Bay between Hayle Town and Gwithian Village. TR27 5BS
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

The dunes and beach can be reached by car from the B3300, or alternatively, there is a bus service from Camborne to Gwithian Village and trains to Hayle Station where you can then walk across the dunes to access the beach.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Gwithian Towans boasts some amazing flora and fauna which is nationally recognised through the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designation which runs from Gwithian to Mexico Towans. Host the declining species Skylarks, which nest in the dune grasses and butterfly populations are also very healthy on the Towans. On the cliffs, a small pond can be found which is home to newts and toads. Adders can also be found in the dune grassland basking in the sun during the summer months.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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