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Local Wildlife

Cornwall has a great deal to offer people with an interest in the natural world, or even if you haven’t, the local surrounds and facilities will be sure to enrapture you.

The National Seal Sanctuary

Helford Estuary, nr Gweek

Located on the picturesque Helford Estuary, the National Seal Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit, for tourists as well as locals. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre and home to locally rescued Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions.

The Seal Sanctuary was founded in 1958 when Ken Jones found a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home in St Agnes. Ken then went on to look after many injured seals from his home, eventually becoming so renowned and popular he had to move to a larger site. In 1975 they all moved to where they are now, in Gweek. Since then they have been ever expanding on the care for sick seals.

The sanctuary now has wonderful facilities including nursery pools, convalescence and resident pools as well as specially designed isolation pools for treatment. Beside these mammals, other residents include goats, ponies and otters.

Leading from the seal pools is a nature trail following the river and leading to the woods, so when visiting, a camera is a must.


Blue Reef Aquarium

Towan Beach , Newquay

The Blue Reef Aquarium is situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay (a fantastic place to see but you’ll need an extra day or two just to explore what else this popular holiday destination has to offer). Be amazed by the variety of local marine species from the Cornish coast and the hundreds of tropical species which swim freely in the gigantic ocean display, complete with an underwater tunnel to take you deep into the colourful world of the sea and its creatures.

Blue Reef is a great place for visitors of all ages to find out more about what lives within the deep seas. As well as innovative displays, talks and feeding demonstrations, there is an ever changing programme of events, exhibitions and themed activities to keep the family fully entertained. It’s suitably fun for all and baby friendly too, equipped with a café, highchairs, bottle warmers and a microwave as well as changing facilities.


Newquay Zoo

Edgcumbe Road , Newquay

Newquay Zoo is an award winning Wildlife Park in forces with Paignton Zoo. It is set in lush sub-tropical gardens. Home to many of the world’s endangered species; it has earned a reputation as one of the best wildlife parks in the country.

The Zoo specialises in breeding many endangered species and is at the forefront of conservation as well as education and entertainment. From the Pygmy Marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world, to the largest African lions, there’s something to amuse everyone; from little children to the older generations. It is a day out to savour, you will be delighted.

The Marina Villa Hotel, Esplanade, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1HY

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