On the second day of our holiday, although the wind had not dropped, the sun had come out and was to remain so for the remainder of the week - result. Today we drove over to Kynance Cove, from where we planned to walk to Lizard Point and back again. I had a quick(ish) look for a Western Subalpine Warbler which had been reported in the area on Twitter within the last couple of days, and spoke to another couple of birders doing the same thing, but it seemed that the high winds of the previous day had seen the bird off. It meant we got to enjoy a bit of heathland though before heading off along the coast, and I also saw my first Whitethroats of the year, as well as plenty of Stonechats.
|I love heathland.|
|Kynance Cove coming into view.|
|View along the South West Coast Path.|
|Thrift (Armeria maritima) on the cliffs.|
|Heading down to Polpeor Cove.|
|Schist, showing nice wavy lines of aligned platy minerals caused by metamorphism.|
On the drive back to the cottage, we made a brief stop at Goonhilly Downs, a large area of heathland very close to where we were staying. As well as being an excellent site for plants and wildlife (I added Willow Warbler and Blackcap to my bird list, and Cornish Heath to my plant list) its human history also goes back thousands of years. There are Bronze Age barrows and a menhir, and many derelict buildings dating back to World War II, when there was an RAF radar station on the Downs. One of the old buildings has been turned into a viewpoint - you can climb the stairs to stand on the roof for excellent views across the heathland.
|Dry Tree menhir.|
|Goonhilly Downs from the roof of one of the old WWII buildings.|
|Cornish Heath (Erica vagans).|
|Map showing (more or less) the route of our walk.|