Newlyn Downs

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Coordinates: 50°20′57″N 5°02′44″W / 50.3493°N 5.0456°W / 50.3493; -5.0456

Newlyn Downs

Newlyn Downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in north Cornwall, England, UK, noted for its biological characteristics.[1]


The 115.7-hectare (286-acre) SSSI, notified in 1997, is located mainly within the civil parish of St Newlyn East, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the town of Newquay. The streams that rise on the site are tributaries of the River Gannel.[2][3] The Downs are also designated a Special Area of Conservation.[4]

Wildlife and ecology[edit]

The soil of the site, deriving from slate-based mudstones and siltstones, is permanently waterlogged in large places. It is the foundation for the largest area in Cornwall of Southern Atlantic wet heath, containing cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix) and Dorset heath (Erica ciliaris).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Newlyn Downs" (PDF). Natural England. 1997. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Newlyn Downs map". Natural England. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Explorer map sheet 106 Newquay & Padstow ISBN 978-0-319-24016-8
  4. ^ "Newlyn Downs". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 26 January 2012.