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LNR Type: Urban
County: Cornwall
Natural England
Regional Team:
South West
Year of Declaration: 1996
Declaring Authority: Carrick District Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SX 478 746
Location: Swanpool Road, Falmouth. TR11 5BB
Owned by: Carrick DC
Managed by: Swanpool Nature Reserve is maintained by the Swanpool Management Forum
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Swanpool Road off the main A39, Falmouth.
Train: Penmere or Falmouth Town Stations
Visitor facilities: Greenflag award.
Information Boards, and a jetty provided at the Swanvale end
What to see: The area was cut off by a shingle bar which formed after the last Ice Age, and a freshwater lake was created. At high spring tides sea water rises above the culvert and flows back into Swanpool. As a result the lake is now brackish - a mixture of salty and fresh water.
Swanpool is a haven for many types of birds and flowers.
Swanpool LNR is the only location in Britain of the trembling sea-mat, a small and very primitive creature, resembling a thin layer of jelly, which looks more like a plant than an animal.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Swanpool Management Forum.
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: For volunteering information and Swanpool Nature Reserve
Falmouth Information Centre
Tel: 0905 3254 534 Falmouth Visitor Information Centre

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Last Updated 11/02/13
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