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Gwithian Towans
LNR Type: Rural
County: Cornwall
Natural England
Regional Team:
South West
Year of Declaration: 2006
Declaring Authority: Cornwall County 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: SW 577407
Location: North of St Ives Bay between Hayle Town and Gwithian Village. TR27 5BS
Owned by: Cornwall District Council
Managed by: Penwith District Council and Cornwall District Council
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The dunes and beach can be reached by car from the B3300, or alternatively, there is a bus service from Camborne to Gwithian Village and trains to Hayle Station where you can then walk across the dunes to access the beach.
Visitor facilities: There is ample parking by the beach; however, spaces can be limited in the busy summer months.
Situated at Gwithian Towans are two cafes which provide excellent places to sit and admire the views.
Watersports facilities available.
Events held throughout the year and include sand dune safaris, glow worm watches and conservation projects. See local press for details or contact the Community Liaison Officer Tel. 01872 222000
What to see: Gwithian Towans boasts some amazing flora and fauna which is nationally recognised through the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designation which runs from Gwithian to Mexico Towans. Host the declining species Skylarks, which nest in the dune grasses and butterfly populations are also very healthy on the Towans. On the cliffs, a small pond can be found which is home to newts and toads. Adders can also be found in the dune grassland basking in the sun during the summer months.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Countryside Volunteers
For more information please email or call Rachael Young, Senior Countryside Officer on 01208 262869.
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Sarah Byham, Community Liaison Officer, West Cornwall Local Nature Reserves, Tehidy Country Park Rangers Office, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 0HA
Tel. 01872 222000
or try
Cornwall Council
General enquiries tel 0300 1234 100

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Last updated 11/02/13
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