Kennack sands to Cadgwith
Kennack sands is a quiet holiday spot with a couple of caravan parks locally. The beach is divided into two by a small headland/dune system. This area provides a small number of Common Broomrape as well as large numbers of the invasive Three cornered Leek and Thrift. The leek, although becoming a problem, is a very attractive plant.
|Common Broomrape, Kennack Sands: Duncan Harris|
|Three Cornered Leek: Duncan Harris|
|Thrift: Duncan Harris|
Walking the coast path towards Cadgwith provides Early Purple Orchid and the occasional Green-winged Orchid. About half way I was pleased to find Yellow Vetch, the most rare plants are often easier to find than these localized ones and it was a new one for me. Nearby the introduced Rosy Garlic was just starting to bloom.
|Rosy Garlic nr Cadgwith: Duncan Harris|
|Yellow Vetch: Duncan Harris|
A day trip to St. Michael’s Mount was a must. Not for any particular plants but the place itself is magical if a little crowded. Low tide when we arrived meant we could walk across on the exposed causeway. A real touristy thing to do it still supplied Rock Sea Spurred on the harbour walls . Back on the Lizard proper a visit to Kynance Cove gave up some more flowers. A popular destination since Victorian times the walk down gives stunning views of the cove as well as the rare Western Clover by the steep path. After the obligatory cream tea we walked back by the supply road to the café and found loads of the lovely Bloody Crane’s-bill as well as a small patch of Hairy Greenweed.
|St Michael's Mount nr Marazion: Duncan Harris|
|Rock Sea Spurry: Duncan Harris|
|Kynance Cove, Lizard: Duncan Harris|
|Western Clover, a Lizard speciality: Duncan Harris|
|Bloody Cranesbill: Duncan Harris|
|Hairy Greenweed, Kynance Cove: Duncan Harris|
Lizard point itself is only a couple of miles from Kynance and possibly the best spot of all. The walk down from the village soon supplies Tree Mallow and as you reach the point itself the cliffs are covered by more invasive species. The large creamy coloured Hottentot Fig smothers nearly everything as does a close relative the Dew Plant. Along the cliffs westwards Subterranean Clover was seen along with more Western Clover but unfortunately too early for the three mega rare ‘Lizard Clovers’. A nice surprise though was Spring Sandwort right beside the path.
|Tree Mallow, Lizard Point: Duncan Harris|
|Hottentot Fig, smothers the cliffs: Duncan Harris|
|Subterranean Clover: Duncan Harris|
|Spring Sandwort: Duncan Harris|
|Grey Seals, Lizard Point: Duncan Harris|
Note: Thanks to Duncan for his excellent report and botanical photos!