North Cornwall & Devon Coastal Woods IPA

Location: Begins at Start Point, west of the A39 at Camelford and runs north and east to near Peppercombe.

Grid Reference: SS 232 274


North Cornwall & Devon Coastal Woods 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 in Broadleaved deciduous woodland: oceanic and parkland
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Old oak woodlands with holly;
    Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic coast
  • Devon is the richest county for lichens in England and the coastal woodlands of North Cornwall and Devon possess several sites of particular interest.

    Of particular interest is Clovelly Park, where the dry, creviced bark of veteran trees make an ideal habitat for a specialised lichen community.

    The coast itself, with its vegetated sea cliffs is also a rich and diverse habitat.

    Image: Hartland Coastline © xlibber under CC BY 2.0