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Birds of Cornwall

The birds found in Cornwall are mainly the same as those throughout the British Isles...

However Cornwall's coastal environment, and its location in the far south-west of Britain makes the area attractive to many rare migrants.

Tidal Estuaries

The tidal estuaries along the Cornish coasts are the home of many wading birds. The boggy areas inland are frequently settled by marshland bird species, and you may see them delving for food among mud flats and tidal pools.

Beach

Think of Cornwall, and it is likely that one of the first things that come to mind will be the crying of gulls as they glide above the waves, but Cornwall's beaches and dunes are home to many species of seabird.

One of the most common birds associated with Cornwall's coasts is the herring gull (with its evocative cry), however it is not only seabirds that live here; a large variety of birds also nest in this habitat. One of those you will frequently see is the sandpiper, running alongside the sea in search of insects.

Out & About

Take a walk through the Cornish countryside, or perhaps explore on horseback, and you may spot many birds, from the smallest hedge dwellers, to swallows and martins, and if you're lucky, perhaps a kestrel or barn owl. Fields, moorlands, forests; all attract their share of the many fascinating species to be seen in Cornwall.

Be aware if you're walking your dog, and try to ensure that they don't disturb any ground-dwelling birds. Getting out and about among Cornwall's stunning scenery gives you a chance to see many birds and animals in their natural environment; a privilege everyone should be able to experience.

Lapwing

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Snipe

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Curlew

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Oystercatcher

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Little Egret

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Kingfisher

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Grey Heron

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Swan

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Chough

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Razorbill

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Peregrine

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Puffin

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Cormorant

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Turnstone

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Kittawake

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Herring Gull

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Barn Owl

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Buzzard

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Kestrel

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Swallow

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Bird Identifier

Find out more about all of the birds in our area by using The RSPB's Bird Identifier...

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