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Upton Towans
LNR Type: Rural
County: Cornwall
Natural England
Regional Team:
South West
Declaring Authority: Cornwall County Council
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Grid Reference: SW 579 397
Location: North of St Ives Bay between Hayle Town and Gwithian Village. TR27 5BL
Owned by: Cornwall District Council
Managed by: Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The entrance to Upton Towans Nature Reserve is two miles northeast of Hayle, grid ref. SW 579 398. Take the B3301 north from Hayle towards Gwithian, go past the right hand turn signposted to Connor Downs then just after take the track on the left. At the top of the track there is some parking at the gate entrance, but it is limited so visitors can also park at the Gwithian Towans car park further on up the B3301 (grid ref SW 581 407) and walk over the dunes to the left to the nature reserve
Visitor facilities: The Towans and other paths cross the nature reserve, some of which may be suitable for wheelchair access. Off these paths, the surface can be potholed and uneven, and some grassed slopes will be slippery even in the dry.
The area is dotted with mine shafts.
What to see: Sand dunes and ponds.
Often migratory birds take a rest in the area so unusual species can be spotted. Evening primrose, red fescue grass and sand sedge are all typical dune plant species which can be found at Upton Towans. In the summer evenings, glow worms light up the dunes as they try and attract a mate.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Volunteering opportunities through Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: (01872) 273939
e-mail via online form
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: (01872) 273939
Dave salmon
Website address and other links: or try and search for Upton Towans Nature Reserve.
or and search for Local Nature Reserves

Last updated 21/12/2015
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