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Guided Walk on Looe Island Nature Reserve
May 20, 2016| £25
Join the warden for a fascinating guided walk around the island. They will help you spot wildlife such as grey seals and great black-backed gulls as well as learning about the Trust’s work and the challenges of island life.
Looe Island guided walks take around three and a half hours and cost £25 per person, places are limited and must be booked online in advance.
The visit starts with the fun of a boat trip from Looe’s bustling fishing harbour. Once landed on the island you will be greeted by a resident Cornwall Wildlife Trust warden who will introduce you to the fascinating nature and history of the island. You will find out how the Atkins sisters bequeathed the island to the Trust and discover how work continues to protect and enhance the island’s wildlife. During the three-hour stay visitors will also have opportunity to quiz the warden about how the island is run without services such as mains water, electricity from the grid and of course, without shops! After the guided walk you will have around one hour to independently explore the island or join the warden for a slide show in Jetty Cottage.
Spring visits offer the opportunity to witness seabirds breeding along the dramatic coast. Indeed the island holds the largest breeding colony of great black-backed gulls in Cornwall. With a wingspan of around 1.5m you are sure to be impressed by these magnificent birds. Spring also brings wonderful displays of flowers such as the starry white flowers of wild garlic with its strongly scented leaves and on the cliffs dainty white blooms of sea campion.