Windmill Farm

Lying at the southern end of the Lizard peninsula, this secluded reserve is a great place to explore.

Jointly owned by Cornwall Birds and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the reserve comprises grassland and
heathland with some scrub, bog, swamp, and hedgerow. The construction of two ponds and a scrape have provided habitat, together with arable crops for birds. The adult Marsh Fritillary may be seen on the wing from mid-April to July. The reserve contains a 17th-century windmill, Bronze Age barrows, and Second World War pillboxes.

It is recomnnended that visitors wear wellies all year round if accessing the pools. Please also ensure you close all gates behind you. Trail maps are also available at the information centre by the car park.


The reserve is 1 mile north of Lizard village. Heading south omn the Lizard road (A3083) go past the turn to Mullion and past the turn to Trevelyan Holiday Park, then after 500m turn right onto a wide, long and straight section of rough tarmac road. Continue along this track for 500m until you reach the car park near the base of the old windmill.


Merlin, Hobby, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Wheatear, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail and various warblers and finches.


Breeding Willow, Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, Also regular Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Cucko0, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Tawny and Barn Owls.


Gree and Common Sandpiper, Dotterel, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Snipe and Marsh Harrier.


Rarities have included Great White Egret, Black Kite, American Golden Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Purple Heron, Citrine Wagtail, Iberian Chiffchaff, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes.

Also of note

Butterflies include the rare Marsh Fritillary, also 20 species of dragonfly, Adder, Slow Worm, Common Lizard. Rare flora includes Cornish Heath, Pygmy Rush, Yellow Centaury and Three-lobed Water Crowfoot.