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With its calm, rural charm, Cornwall is well known for its spectacular countryside, which not only offers up stunning views of the surrounding scenery, but allows you to come up close with some of the wildlife and nature that the woodland and coastline has to offer. In the autumn in particular, the change in landscape brings out a host of new wildlife for us to keep our eyes out for. Here's a guide of the wildlife to look out for while exploring Cornwall, as provided by the Cornish Wildlife Trust:

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Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts can often be found in the autumn throughout Cornwall in woodland shrubs and along river banks as the tree shed their leaves. You may also spot some dormice living nearby, who crack open the hazelnuts to help them to survive in the winter. Hazelnuts also taste great when roasted and make a great warming snack, so don't forget to forage some on your travels!

Hazelnuts woodland foraging cracked open | Walks in Cornwall | The Cormorant Hotel Fowey

Grey seals

Home to the largest grey seal colonies in the UK, Cornwall is the perfect location to see these magnificent creatures, who often come to breed near the cliff-backed beaches and sea caves scattered across Cornwall's varied coastline. Along the south coast of the county, they are most often spotted at the Lizard and on the Fal estuary, though you may spot them from anywhere on the Cornish coastline. It is currently the perfect time of year to see the seals, as the pups are normally born around this time of year, allowing you to see the mothers together with their newborns.

Grey seals Cornish coast sea | Wildlife walk in Cornwall | The Cormorant Hotel Fowey

Mushrooms

Often an overlooked accessory to the woodland nature scene, mushrooms are key to the woodland ecosystem and, if you look closely, offer further diversity to the surrounding nature. Measuring up to 25cm in diameter, toadstools are the easiest to spot in the woodlands in autumn. You may be able to spot their tiny hair-like roots - these attach the toadstool to the trees, allowing them to feed off the tree's nutrients.

Toadstools fungi mushrooms forest trees | Cornwall wildlife woodland walk | The Cormorant Hotel Fowey

Birds

Cornwall makes for the perfect location for a spot of autumn birdwatching, as a number of bird species migrate over the region, including those who typically live in continental Europe. One example of these is the Wryneck, which is now largely extinct in the UK. The Wryneck closely resembles the woodpecker and is named after the way they seem to twist their neck to point their heads away from their body. Notoriously hard to spot, birdwatchers should keep an eye on the trees, which the wrynecks often blend into with their grey and brown plumage.

Wryneck bird birdwatching brown grey | Woodland wildlife walk Cornwall | The Cormorant Hotel Fowey

 

 

If you're looking for hotels in Fowey to make the most of the autumn in Cornwall, the Cormorant Hotel may be the perfect place to rest following a day's wildlife walk.

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