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High on the long list of what makes Cornwall such a wonderful place is its abundant and varied wildlife.

Wherever you are and wherever you go, there's always something of interest  including:

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  • Peregrine falcons sitting atop Truro cathedral eyeing up the feral rock doves;
  • Wildflowers bursting from the hedges and colonising cracks in pavements and waste ground;
  • Migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies arriving on southerly winds;
  • Foxes, badgers and hedgehogs rummaging in our gardens and;
  • Seals popping their heads up to catch a breath whilst surveying the scene.

The Council provides support and finances towards the collection and distribution of wildlife records, in Cornwall, carried out by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The easiest way to access data is through the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 

Protecting and enhancing wildlife in the development process

Local authorities have a duty to safeguard wildlife interests when they assess planning applications. National guidance is given in Planning Policy Statement 9 - Biodiversity and Geological Conservation. This sets out planning policies on protection of biodiversity and geological conservation through the planning system.

Developers (large and small) can help by taking account of wildlife at an early stage in the planning process and help meet the guiding principles of PPS9:

  • Avoidance of harm
  • Mitigation to minimse impact
  • Compensation for unavoidable harm
  • Enhancement in all cases

There are a number of documents available to help developers to address these issues including: