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On many of the Trust’s nature reserves there is a marine influence. Whether this is the salt spray winds that lash the West Penwith heathlands or the rise and fall of the tide in our estuaries, the sea is never too far away.

St George's Island, photo by Stuart HutchingsThe Trust has one specific marine nature reserve: Looe Island Nature Reserve, where we study marine wildlife. Many other nature reserves are coastal, such as the sand dunes at Upton Towans and the cliff tops at Kemyel Crease, Ropehaven Cliffs and Phillips’s Point.

Strictly speaking, we cannot ‘manage’ the marine environment on the Trust's nature reserves. What we can do is promote its features for visitors to enjoy. We will also educate people so we all take responsibility for its conservation.

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