Wild Penwith

Wild Penwith photo by Liz CoxWild Penwith photo by Liz Cox

Working with local farmers, landowners, businesses and communities to restore and reconnect a coast-to-coast Living Landscape across this working agricultural landscape.

Much of the Penwith peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Wild Penwith focuses on the Penwith peninsula, the south-westernmost tip of Cornwall, with the aim of achieving a Living Landscape of interconnected wildlife-rich areas, helping both the wildlife and the people of the Penwith peninsula to prosper.




Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane

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What's happening?

The scheme aims to achieve:

An improved network of wetland and heathland habitats, within the working agricultural landscape.

Good water quality across three river catchments, including Drift Reservoir.

Benefits for farm businesses due to participation in agri-environment schemes, lower costs as a result of reduced farm inputs and increased opportunities for wildlife tourism.

Start: date: April 2009

Scheme area: 9,045 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Baker's Pit, Bosvenning Common, Caer Bran, Chun Downs

This scheme is helping species including...


Current threats to the landscape

Agricultural intensification, inappropriate soil management, end of West Penwith Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) will leave many important wildlife habitats (e.g. heathland) vulnerable and unprotected

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, improving access for people, providing recreational opportunities, health benefits, employment and volunteering opportunities, skills training and environmental education; and supporting green tourism.


Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Defra, local authorities, National Trust, RSPB, South West Water, Cornwall AONB

To find out more

Send an email | Tel: 01872 273939 | Wild Penwith

Living Landscapes

Find out more about our Living Landscape conservation work - targeting areas for landscape-scale nature conservation  and transforming places for people and wildlife.

Farming & wildlife

Find out more about our farmland conservation work with farmers and landowners, and on our own wildlife-friendly demonstration farms.