Windmill Farm National Nature Reserve is a 200 acre site that is jointly owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Cornwall Birdwatching and Preservation Society (CBWPS). The reserve is of interest to naturalists but also has a rich archaeological heritage ranging from Bronze Age Remains, Mediaeval field boundaries, 18th Century tenements and crofts, WW2 pillboxes and the famous Lizard landmark – the Windmill itself. The reserve is managed and run by the CWT, CBWPS and a small group of local volunteers.
The Windmill circa 1938
Sadly, a few years ago, one of the Farm’s most enthusiastic and supportive contributors passed away. He loved Windmill Farm. In his memory his wife, Cait, mounted a campaign to restore the Windmill in memory of her beloved husband. Years of fund raising followed and Cait’s dream came true this summer. The Windmill was officially opened on the 29th September 2015. The Windmill now has an elevated roof, sympathetic to the original, and an internal spiral staircase leading to a viewing platform. The view from the Windmill is absolutely awesome! Well done Cait and all that supported her.
The Windmill 2014
The Windmill Sept 2015
The Windmill and a WW2 Pill Box
The natural landscape consists of a mixture of arable fields, pasture, heath and willow scrub. There is a meandering stream that defines much of the western border of the reserve. There is also a variety of ponds and scrapes – ranging from the nationally significant Ruan Pool to man made scrapes. Thus the reserve provides interest to naturalists of all varieties! It is also a lovely place to escape to and enjoy fantastic Cornish country scenes.
To find Windmill Farm follow the A3083 Lizard road (from Helston). A mile and a half past the turning for Mullion look out for a sign that says “Wild Camping” on the right hand side – follow the lane down to the Farm. Grid reference: SW 694 153.
Published: Oct 2015
Author: Dougy Wright