The Lizard Nature Reserves

The Lizard National Nature Reserve stretches across nearly 2,400ha of the wild peninsula. An amazing diversity of wildlife thrives here, including especially rare and unusual plants. The heathland, coastal cliff vegetation and temporary ponds are of international importance. Summer flowers on a cliff top on the Lizard, CornwallNatural England works with partners (CWT/CBWPS) to manage the reserve and ensure important habitats and species are safeguarded for the future and that the special plants, animals and geology remain protected for everyone to enjoy. The mild climate means you can visit year round, and the cliff top rambles, scenic beaches and stunning heathland provide an opportunity to enjoy nature at its very best. Come prepared though… it’s not unusual to experience several seasons in one day on the Lizard.

Visiting the reserve
Image of the Lizard coastline
Heathland and coastal parts of the reserve are open access – which means you are welcome to explore. However, some of the farmland we have in NNR is definitely not open access – not when the bull’s in! Also be aware that the terrain can be rough and wet away from the main tracks and paths so wear sturdy shoes. The South West Coast Path follows the perimeter of the peninsula giving good access to the reserve. Visit for information on walking the coast path.

Take time to explore the beaches which are among the most picturesque in Britain. It’s a good idea to check the tide times for the coastal sites as some beaches are covered at high tide.

You are welcome to picnic on the reserve, but please take your litter home with you. Many of the firebreaks on the reserve are waymarked as permissive bridleways; contact the reserve office for more information.

Dogs are welcome but please respect other visitors, wildlife and livestock by keeping them under close control at all times and ensuring that dog mess does not become somebody else’s problem.

Special events regularly take place on the reserve, visit for a list of events or the reserve office for more information.


Contact details:


CBWPS: Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society
Chairman: Mark Grantham
(07818 497470)


CWT: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Callum Deveney
Head of Nature Reserves
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: (01872) 273939 ext 222


NE: Natural England

Steve Townsend
Reserve Manager
Lizard National Nature Reserve

Tel:01326 240808
Mob:07973 542257


NT: National Trust

Lizard Rangers’ Office:
Poltesco Worshop
Ruan Minor TR12 7LR
Tel. 01326 291174