Coverack to Porthoustock
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
The shore and cliffs of the SSSI, looking towards Coverack
|Area of Search||Cornwall|
|Area||173.46 hectares (1.735 km2; 0.6697 sq mi)|
|Natural England website|
Coverack to Porthoustock is a coastal Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Cornwall, England, UK, noted for both its biological and geological characteristics. The site contains 4 Red Data Book plant species.
The 173.5-hectare (429-acre) site, notified in 1951, is situated on the south Cornish coast, within St Keverne civil parish on the Lizard Peninsula. It starts at the village of Coverack in the south, following the shores of the English Channel to the hamlet of Porthoustock in the north.
Wildlife and ecology
The coastline contains 4 Red Data Book plant species, which includes Cornish heath (Erica vagans), dwarf rush (Juncus capitatus) and twin-headed clover (Trifolium bocconei) along with the nationally scarce autumn squill (Scilla autumnalis).