Seals off the Cornish Coast

One of the fantastic things about being in Cornwall is that you are never far from the sea!

There are a few high points in the County where we can see both coasts ….on a clear day!

The River Camel that flows through Butterwell is tidal to just a few miles downstream, approximately eight miles from the coast at Padstow.

For the nature enthusiast the Cornish coast offers a totally different environment to the wooded inland valleys.  The high cliffs of North Cornwall in spring & summer are home to nesting seabirds and glorious carpets of flowers whilst the ocean offers chances of seeing some of Britains’ largest mammals.


Grey seals are residents of this area and have their young in the inaccessible sea caves all along the rocky coastline.  Seals can often be seen from the cliffs and regularly in some of the harbours where they come to feed on scraps from the fishing boats.

Common and Bottlenose Dolphins frequent the area around the mouth of the Camel estuary and can often be viewed from the beaches or cliffs.  An even better way to see these amazing cetaceans is to take a dedicated boat trip out of Padstow or Newquay with one of the Sea safari trips.

Harbour porpoise are another favourite of the sea watchers as they regularly surface close to the cliffs and can be seen all the year round.

To read more about the wildlife at Butterwell Farm and some beautiful photos taken on site please visit our wildlife page.

For more ideas on things to do on your visit to Cornwall, please check out our Things to Do page.

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