Callestock Blog

25 Jan

7 Natural Wonders to Appreciate in Cornwall this March

The bright yellow daffodils, the little purple and white crocus flowers, the powder pink magnolia - all in full bloom throughout Cornwall as we look forward to March. The sun is shining today and the sky is a bright blue so what better time to share some of the spectacular sights of the season, highlighting seven of our favourite natural wonders to see at this time of year.

Nature goes all out in Cornwall every Spring, sprinkling colour, fragrance and beauty everywhere, from the vibrant gardens at Callestock to the thriving seal colonies along the coast. Here's our top seven sights that are at their very best this month.

7. Watch the dolphins playing off Mount's Bay

These stunning creatures perfectly capture the fun and joy of our surroundings here in Cornwall. Watch them play in the Bay, splashing alongside the fishing boats and even venturing close to the shore.

dolphins coast Cornwall

Even when the dolphins aren't putting on a show, the views and walks around the Bay are breath-taking.

6. Spot the rare wetland birds at Marazion Marsh Nature Reserve

Nestled in the shadow of St Michael's Mount, the RSPB Nature Reserve near Penzance is the largest freshwater reedbed in Europe, attracting thousands of migratory birds every year (don't tell too many people, but it's also one of the top sights for spotting the rare aquatic warbler).

nature reserve Cornwall

Visit at dusk and you may also be lucky enough to catch a murmuration of starlings at the Reserve. A swooping mass of thousands of small birds coming home to the reedbed is a sight to behold.  And don't forget we have our own rooks and crows here at Callestock that come home to roost each evening in the woods adjacent to the farm.  

5. See the seals at Godrevy

Mutton Cove, a clear stretch of sand on Cornwall's North Atlantic coast is home to a large Grey Seal colony. Visit at low tide and you'll likely see males and females basking on the shoreline - take your binoculars and you may even spy some pups.

grey seal pup Cornwall

There's a National Trust Carpark at Godrevy - park here and follow the road up past the toilet block, turn right, cross the field as sign-posted and follow the worn path to the clifftop. Careful as you approach and don't make any loud noises as it can distress the seals below.

4. National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow

Did you know a female lobster can carry around 20,000 eggs under her abdomen, but only one (ONE!) is expected to survive in the wild. This worthy charity in the seaside port of Padstow works hard to improve the survival rate of juvenile lobsters, through education, fund-raising and research.

Padstow Cornwall from the coast

After visiting the hatchery, we always like to wander along the quay, before indulging in some fresh fish and chips straight from the paper, watching the fishing boats coming and going in the harbour.

3. See the magnolias at Caerhays

The historic 120 acre gardens of Caerhays are home to around 80 species of magnolias. Spring is the ideal time to visit, as the magnolias come into full bloom, along with the historic rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.

magnolias Spring Cornwall

2. Walk among the Spring flowers at Chyverton Nature Reserve

This peaceful Nature Reserve is accessible from the cottages and barns here at Callestock, so if the sun's shining and you'd like to see the countryside without having to take to the car, it's only a short walk.

fields and countryside with blue sky

You can read more about the Reserve here, but if you plan to walk here during your stay, talk to Liz and she can give you the inside scoop from a local's point of view.

1. See Cornish Choughs on The Lizard

They've got red legs, red bill and a glossy black plumage - and their association with Cornwall goes back to the 13th Century. Choughs appear on the Cornish flag, and are known as the county's national bird.

crashing waves off Cornish coast

Travel to the Lizard Peninsula and see how many you can spot, nesting in the cliffs and swooping down to the waves below. One of our favourite places to watch the choughs is near Kynance Cove in West Cornwall (used in the BBC's adaptation of Poldark's Nampara Cove).

As ever, you can expect a freshly baked Cornish cream tea on arrival and enjoy it on your sun drenched patio...

seating area Callestock Courtyard Cornwall