Godrevy Point to Cligga Head IPA
Location: Coastline to the north west of the A3075/A30 , south of Newquay.
Grid Reference: SW 703 506
The IPA covers an area of the north Cornish coastline from the dunes and cliffs at Godrevy in the south to the craggy cliffs of Cligga Head in the north. The site encompasses various habitat types, including cliffs, maritime grassland, maritime heathland, sand dunes and scrubland, which are host to numerous plant species, including a number of rarities.
The extensive species-rich dune grassland at Godrevy is dominated by red fescue with abundant wild thyme, lady’s bedstraw and eyebright. Pyramidal orchid and autumn lady’s tresses occur and the nationally rare slender bird’s-foot trefoil has been recorded here. There is a scattering of dune scrub with wild privet and blackthorn throughout.
North of Porthtowan, another area of calcareous grassland occurs on wind-blown sand. Here herbs are abundant in the red fescue and sea fern-grass turf, with oxeye daisy, wild clary and the rare Portland spurge to be found. Also of note is the presence of a large colony of the nationally rare spotted cat’s-ear. Red fescue also dominates the maritime grassland, in which are wild thyme, kidney vetch and thrift, and rarities like golden samphire, tall ramping fumitory, Cornish gentian and autumn squill. The cliff grassland also supports a number of nationally rare species including shore dock, wild asparagus and carrot broomrape, which is parasitic on wild carrot. The maritime heathland is dominated by ling, with bell heather, bristle bent and western gorse.
Also common are saw-wort, spring squill, burnet rose and betony, together with the rare pale dog-violet, the nationally rare Cornish eyebright and hairy greenweed. The heathland along the Chapel Porth valley also supports the nationally rare Dorset heath.
Image: Godrevy Head © Peter Wakely, Natural England