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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Cornwall Nature Reserves - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Locations: Our head office is just outside Truro at Allet in our Five Acres Nature Reserve, but we work across the whole of Cornwall. No other organisation does what we do, which is to work solely to protect Cornwall's wildlife and wild places, particularly habitats and species that are rare or endangered, such as lowland heathland habitat and the marsh fritillary butterfly .
Telephone: 01872 273939
Features: Cornwall Wildlife Trust owns or manages 55 nature reserves covering over 5000 acres (2000 hectares), in which examples of each of Cornwall's habitats give refuge to nationally rare and endangered species.

 Hayle Estuary - RSPB

Location: SW550370 - Just west of Hayle town.
Admission: Free
Facilities: Hide and parking.
Telephone: 01736 711682
Features: Small but important estuary. Wintering duck, gulls and grebes, passage waders and terns, including many records of rarities.
(right - 1st winter Metiterranean gull)

 Marazion Marsh - RSPB
Reedbeds and open water.
Location: Marazion, east of Penzance.
Road: A30
Facilities: Public footpath. Good views available from road and car park.
Features: Cornwall's largest reedbed, with breeding Reed and Sedge warblers. Good for migrants and speciality is autumn Aquatic warbler (rare). Small but locally important populations of duck and waders.
 Stithians Reservoir - Cornwall Birdwatching & Preservation Society
Location: SS715365 - Near Stithians village.
Road: from A394 (Helston to Penryn) to Stithians, then signed to Carnkie. Facilities: Hides (keys from CBPS but good views available from causeway).
Admission: Free
Features: Parts of lake shallow with marshy edges proving attractive to waders and duck. Best in winter and passage periods.
 Tamar Lakes - South West Water
Location: SS295115 - Near Kilkhampton
Road: Off A39 then B3254 at Kilkhampton.
Facilities: Visitor centre, hides, cafe and toilets.
Admission: Permit required for some areas.
Telephone: 01288 321262
Features: Two neighbouring reservoirs. Best in winter and passage periods. Wildfowl, waders, raptors and Black tern regular.