Birdwatching from the water is a unique and highly rewarding experience, allowing you to see them in their natural habitats while taking in the beautiful views of the Cornish coast. Chartering a yacht through Bowman Yacht Charters offers you the opportunity to spot rarely-seen offshore birds. Wilson’s Petrel, Great and Pomarine Skuas, Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters and Gannets can be found, and at this time of year you may find Great and Cory’s Shearwaters. These species are much less accustomed to humans – so, if you’re lucky you will see them close up. It’s a great day out whether you’re an ornithology enthusiast or simply want to explore with the family.
Cornwall has a unique geography and landscape that makes it a haven for wild birds. With rugged coastlines and high cliffs, it provides the safety and seclusion that cliff-nesting birds need in order to breed successfully. For visitors to the Cornish coast, it offers unrivalled scenery for birdwatching. With a warmer climate compared to the rest of the UK, it provides a peaceful, safe area for feeding and breeding year-round, attracting unusual species that you wouldn’t otherwise find in the UK
So dust off your binoculars and dive into the vibrant world of birdwatching in Cornwall at some of our favourite spots for successful bird spotting trips.
The Isles of Scilly
As the first and last landfall for thousands of miles, the Isles of Scilly has an impressive list of over 400 species of birds, which is more than any other single site in Europe. Especially during the Spring and Autumn months, the islands attract rare migrating breeds, including Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels and even characterful Puffins on the uninhabited island of Annet. As a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it’s also incredibly beautiful, allowing you to enjoy your Cornwall birdwatching trip regardless of if you manage to capture these fascinating creatures through the lens.
Please note: Annet island is closed to the public from 15th April – 20th August every year to limit the disturbance to the breeding seabirds.
The stunning Carrick Roads is well-known for its clear waters and beautiful scenery, and is deep enough to attract seagoing birds, making it a great location for breeding and nesting. It’s home to one of the largest flocks of Black-Necked Grebes in the UK, as well as frequent waterbirds and waders including Little Egrets and Kingfishers. As an area spanning approximately 4 miles, there’s many great places to spot birds – Fal Estuary and the Helford River are among our favourites.
Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Lizard offers unique opportunities to see some rare breeds of birds in the South West. The Cornish Chough is one of the rarest breeds in the UK, choosing The Lizard as its home and popular breeding ground – you will often hear its characteristic ‘chee-ow’ call around these parts. It’s an area not to be missed for your bird spotting trip down the Cornwall coast.
The beautiful Roseland coast has recently boasted sightings of rare bird breeds including the Glossy Ibis and Pallas’ Warbler. A popular site for watching birds on the south coast of Cornwall, this area will often reveal Common Kestrels and other striking species, making it an ideal stopping point on your sailing trip to experience these birds up-close.
Ready to set sail and discover all that Cornwall has to offer? Get in touch with our friendly team and book your very own birdwatching trip today.