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The winter months may be wild and chilly in Cornwall, but you won't want to miss out on seeing all the amazing winter wildlife when staying at our boutique hotel in Fowey. There is always a lot to see at this time of year, and you can warm yourself up after a day out exploring with a gourmet meal at our award-winning restaurant every evening.

See Cornish wildlife near our boutique hotel in Fowey

Out to sea

Heading out to sea, there are pods of common dolphins. Even during the winter months, you are able to catch glimpses of the pods in Cornish waters, some of which have hundreds of dolphins in a single group. A stunning sight, you can soon forget about the cool temperatures even when you are out to sea. It is not just the dolphins that provide a spectacle, with whales frequenting Cornish waters in the winter. Fin whales are the largest to be seen in the winter months, measuring up to 27 metres in length. Close to the coast you can expect to see seals in certain areas, with seal pups now grown up and able to join the adults in the water.


Seabirds are easy to spot at this time of year, with shearwaters being a star spot, but you can expect anything to turn up along estuaries, particularly after a storm. The Fal estuary is especially important for the high number of grebe's which winter there. You can definitely expect to see a large number of wintering waders and ducks along the river estuaries in Cornwall, as they make their winter home on the mudflats and saltmarshes.


As the leaves are all off the trees during the winter months, spotting animals and birds are much easier as there is no green foliage to hide them. Head into the countryside to see roe deer, foxes and squirrels among the woodland, with one of the best spots being Cabilla and Redrice Woods Nature Reserve near Bodmin. Take a walk along a riverbank and you could spot an otter family!

When heading out to do look for wildlife, remember to wrap up warm, as you may be standing still for a while, as to not startle any animals. Also remember to not disturb any of the animal's habitat, as this can cause them to move and abandon it.

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