Godrevy Head to St Agnes

Godrevy Head to St Agnes is a coastal Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in north Cornwall, England, UK, noted for both its biological and geological characteristics. A number of rare and scarce plant species can be found on the site, along with many breeding seabirds.

Godrevy Head to St Agnes
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Bassett's Cove, within the SSSI
Godrevy Head to St Agnes is located in Cornwall
Godrevy Head to St Agnes
Location within Cornwall
Godrevy Head to St Agnes is located in England
Godrevy Head to St Agnes
Godrevy Head to St Agnes (England)
Area of SearchCornwall
Grid referenceSW582423
Coordinates50°14′55″N 5°19′07″W / 50.2486°N 5.3187°WCoordinates: 50°14′55″N 5°19′07″W / 50.2486°N 5.3187°W
Area627.4 hectares (6.3 km2; 2.4 sq mi)
Natural England website


The 627-hectare (1,550-acre) site, notified in 1951,[1] is situated along the north Cornwall coast of the Celtic Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. It starts at Godrevy Head (with the Godrevy Towans) in the west and continues for 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north east, through Portreath, Porthtowan and ends just past St Agnes Head, north of the village of St Agnes.[2][3]

The South West Coast Path runs through the SSSI and part of the coastline is owned by the National Trust.[3]

Large sections of this site lie within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Coastline of the SSSI


The SSSI is predominantly situated on Devonian sandstones and shales, with the area around St Agnes formed from Grampound grit.[1]

Wildlife and ecology

The site provides a variety of different habitats, including cliffs, maritime grassland, maritime heathland, sand dunes and scrubland which are host to numerous plant species and seabird colonies.[1] For its flora the site is also designated a Special Area of Conservation.[4]


The whole of this SSSI, as well as Cligga Head SSSI, has been designated as Godrevy Head to Cligga Point Important Plant Area, by the environmental organisation Plantlife, for it flora.[5]

The nationally rare species of shore dock (Rumex rupestris) and wild asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) can be found in the maritime grassland habitats, along with the also nationally rare carrot-broomrape (Orobanche maritima), a parasite of wild carrot (Daucus carota).[1]

Amongst the common plant species of the maritime heathland the nationally rare Cornish eyebright (Euphrasia vigursii), Dorset heath (Erica ciliaris) and hairy greenweed (Genista pilosa) can be found as well as the generally rare pale dog-violet (Viola lactea).[1]

The sand dunes, found around the east of the site at the Godrevy Towans, supports the nationally rare slender bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus angustissimus). Within the calcareous grassland section of the dunes the rare Portland spurge (Euphorbia portlandica) can be found, as well as a large colony of spotted cat's-ear (Hypochaeris maculata), which are nationally rare.[1]


The site contains 25 species of butterfly and 15 dragonfly and damselfly species, which include the nationally scarce varieties of silver-studded blue (Plebejus argus) and blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura pumilio).[1]

A Black-legged Kittiwake, found on the site, in flight

Scarlet and gold star coral are present within the rocky intertidal shores, rare for the Cornish coast; with grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) having breeding sites within the inaccessible sea caves. The rest of the cliffs, along with the offshore islands, are an important breeding site for a variety of seabird species and are home to the largest Cornish breeding colony of black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), with 1000–5000 birds being recorded in the area.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Godrevy Head to St Agnes" (PDF). Natural England. 1989. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Godrevy Head to St Agnes map". Natural England. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  4. ^ "Godrevy Head to St Agnes". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Godrevy Head to Cligga Point". Plantlife. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland: results of the Seabird 2000 census (1998-2002)" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
Barkla Shop

Barkla Shop is a small hamlet in mid Cornwall, England, United Kingdom half-a-mile east of St Agnes. It is in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe

Barkla Shop, located on the road between Perranporth and St Agnes, is named after a blacksmith's shop. When the railway was built rock was brought from the Wheal Liberty quarries by horses, and the blacksmith's shop was important to properly maintain the horses. There was also a carpenter's shop. Both shops are no longer there.The Mithian post office is located in Barkla.The Glen Carne Housing and Support organisation has a location in Barkla Shop, for long term housing while homeless men gain training and education, such as in Information Technology or horticulture.

Bolster Day

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Carnkief Pond

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Cross Coombe

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Hawk's Tor, Blisland

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Higher Bal

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List of Special Areas of Conservation in Cornwall

The following is a list of Special Areas of Conservation in Cornwall

Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moors

Carrine Common

Crowdy Marsh

Fal and Helford

Godrevy Head to St Agnes

Isles of Scilly Complex

Lower Bostraze and Leswidden

Newlyn Downs

Penhale Dunes

Phoenix United Mine and Crow's Nest

Plymouth Sound and Estuaries

Polruan to Polperro

River Camel

St Austell Clay Pits

The Lizard

Tintagel-Marsland-Clovelly Coast (see Tintagel, Marsland Valley, Clovelly)

Tregonning Hill

List of Special Areas of Conservation in England

The following is a list of Special Areas of Conservation in England

Alde, Ore and Butley Estuaries

Arnecliff and Park Hole Woods

Arun Valley

Asby Complex

Ashdown Forest

Aston Rowant

Avon Gorge Woodlands

Barnack Hills and Holes

Baston Fen

Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Bats

Beast Cliff – Whitby (Robin Hood's Bay)

Bee's Nest and Green Clay Pits

Beer Quarry and Caves

Benacre to Easton Bavents Lagoons

Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast

Birklands and Bilhaugh

Blackstone Point

Blean Complex

Bolton Fell Moss

Border Mires, Kielder – Butterburn

Borrowdale Woodland Complex

Bracket's Coppice

Braunton Burrows


Bredon Hill

Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moors

Briddlesford Copses

Brown Moss

Burnham Beeches

Butser Hill

Calf Hill and Cragg Woods

Cannock Chase

Cannock Extension Canal

Carrine Common

Castle Eden Dene

Castle Hill

Cerne and Sydling Downs

Chesil and the Fleet

Chilmark Quarries

Chilterns Beechwoods

Clints Quarry

Cothill Fen

Cotswold Beechwoods

Craven Limestone Complex

Crookhill Brick Pit

Crowdy Marsh

Culm Grasslands

Cumbrian Marsh Fritillary Site


Dawlish Warren

Denby Grange Colliery Ponds

Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire

Dew's Ponds

Dixton Wood

Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes

Dorset Heaths

Dover to Kingsdown Cliffs

Downton Gorge

Drigg Coast

Duddon Mosses

Duncton to Bignor Escarpment


Durham Coast

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

East Hampshire Hangers

Ebernoe Common

Eller's Wood and Sand Dale

Emer Bog

Ensor's Pool

Epping Forest

Essex Estuaries

Eversden and Wimpole Woods

Exmoor and Quantock Oakwoods

Exmoor Heaths

Fal and Helford

Fen Bog


Fenn's, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses

Fens Pools

Flamborough Head

Folkestone to Etchinghill escarpment

Fontmell and Melbury Downs

Ford Moss

Gang Mine

Gibraltar Point

Godrevy Head to St Agnes

Great Yews


Hackpen Hill

Haig Fras

Harbottle Moors

Hartslock Wood

Hastings Cliffs

Hatfield Moor

Helbeck and Swindale Woods

Hestercombe House

Holme Moor and Clean Moor

Ingleborough Complex

Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs

Isle of Wight Downs

Isles of Scilly Complex

Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain

Kennet Valley Alderwoods

Kingley Vale

Kirk Deighton

Lake District High Fells

Lewes Downs (Mount Caburn)

Little Wittenham

Lower Bostraze and Leswidden

Lower Derwent Valley


Lydden and Temple Ewell Downs

Lyppard Grange Ponds

Manchester Mosses

Marsland Valley

Mells Valley

Mendip Limestone Grasslands

Mendip Woodlands

Minsmere to Walberswick Heaths and Marshes

Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment

Moor House – Upper Teesdale

Morecambe Bay Pavements

Morecambe Bay

Mottey Meadows

Mottisfont Bats

Naddle Forest

Nene Washes

Newham Fen

Newlyn Downs

Norfolk Valley Fens

North Downs Woodlands

North Meadow and Clattinger Farm

North Norfolk Coast

North Northumberland Dunes

North Pennine Dales Meadows

North Pennine Moors

North Somerset and Mendip Bats

North York Moors

Oak Mere

Orfordness – Shingle Street

Orton Pit

Ouse Washes

Overstrand Cliffs

Ox Close

Oxford Meadows

Parkgate Down

Paston Great Barn

Pasturefields Salt Marsh

Peak District Dales

Penhale Dunes

Peter's Pit

Pewsey Downs

Phoenix United Mine and Crow's Nest

Plymouth Sound and Estuaries

Polruan to Polperro


Prescombe Down


Queendown Warren

Rex Graham Reserve

Richmond Park

River Avon

River Axe

River Camel

River Clun

River Dee and Bala Lake

River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake

River Derwent

River Eden

River Ehen

River Itchen

River Kent

River Lambourn

River Mease

River Tweed

River Wensum

River Wye

Rixton Clay Pits

Rochdale Canal

Rodborough Common

Roman Wall Loughs

Rook Clift


Roudsea Wood and Mosses

Roydon Common and Dersingham Bog

Salisbury Plain

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve

Sandwich Bay

Sefton Coast

Shortheath Common

Sidmouth to West Bay

Simonside Hills

Singleton and Cocking Tunnels

Skipwith Common

Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons

Solent Maritime

Solway Firth

South Dartmoor Woods

South Devon Shore Dock

South Hams

South Pennine Moors

South Solway Mosses

South Wight Maritime

St Albans Head to Durlston Head

St Austell Clay Pits

Staverton Park and The Thicks, Wantisden


Strensall Common

Subberthwaite, Blawith and Torver Low Commons

Tarn Moss

Thanet Coast

The Broads

The Lizard

The Mens

The New Forest

The Stiperstones and The Hollies

The Wash and North Norfolk Coast

Thorne Moors


Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham

Tintagel–Marsland–Clovelly Coast

Tregonning Hill

Tweed Estuary

Tyne and Allen River Gravels

Tyne and Nent

Ullswater Oakwoods

Walton Moss

Wast Water

Waveney and Little Ouse Valley Fens

West Dorset Alder Woods

West Midlands Mosses

Wimbledon Common

Windsor Forest and Great Park

Winterton – Horsey Dunes

Witherslack Mosses

Woolmer Forest

Wormley Hoddesdonpark Woods

Wye and Crundale Downs

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Bat Sites

Wye Valley Woodlands

Yewbarrow Woods

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Towan Cross

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Wheal Rose

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