Boconnoc Park IPA

Location: Cornwall, five miles east of Lostwithiel, south of the A390.

Grid Reference: SX 144 604

Boconnoc Park IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of lichens on Broadleaved deciduous woodland: parkland
  • The Park, within the Boconnoc Estate in central Cornwall, comprises both parkland and woodland in the River Lerryn valley.

    Lying on calcareous slates and grits, this area, with high rainfall and high humidity, supports a rich and diverse number of lichen species. It is, therefore, a site of international importance. It is the only known British site for Porina hibernica.

    Approximately 188 epiphytic lichens, many national rarities, have been recorded here; both Lobaria and Usnea type lichens flourish in the Park. Many are indicators of ancient woodland, where beech, oak and ash abound. The dense Willow carr around the lake complements the oak, ash and sycamore to the west and south of Boconnoc House in providing an ideal habitat for these rare lichens.