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Cornwall Gains New Protected Area of Coastline thanks to Blue Planet II

Cornwall is a haven for diverse wildlife, from dolphins and seals, to beautiful butterflies and birds. Last month, it was announced that a stretch of coastline between Falmouth and St Austell Bay has become a marine special protected area, enabling the protection of an area that is home to more than 150,000 rare sea birds. So, now there's no better time to book your stay at a classic cottage in Cornwall, and soak up the natural surroundings and its wild inhabitants.

The piece of protected land stretches 24 miles along Cornwall's south coast, and is equivalent to the size of 55 football pitches. It has been set up to help protect the birds that use the Cornish coastline as a haven during the harsher winter months, and to minimise disturbance to feeding birds. The area also attracts rare birds that have been thrown off course by high winds during their migration. These include the hoopoe bird that can sometimes get diverted on its journey between Africa and northern Europe. The site also attracts protected species including northern divers, Eurasian spoonbills, sandwich terns and common terns, who are all amber-listed by conservation groups due to dwindling numbers.

The new marine protected area in Cornwall is part of the UK Blue Belt programme, which currently protects 23% of UK waters. There are more than 300 protected sites across the UK. When announcing the decision to protect the area of Cornish coastline, environment minister Thérèse Coffey said that the BBC1 series Blue Planet II played a key role in supporting the efforts to expand the UK’s Blue Belt. The TV series highlights the wonders of the world's oceans and the importance of their vital role in the ecosystem which is crucial for the survival of animals, wildlife and humans.

Here at Polruan Cottages, the son of one of our cottage owners was working on the recent series of Blue Planet II. He appeared on BBC Breakfast last month to talk about his role in the filming of the programme, and how it took four years to make the series.

So, if you fancy a visit to Cornwall this year to visit this newly protected Blue Belt area, our cosy cottages at Polruan and Fowey are nearby. Perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer summer holiday with the family, take a look at our wide range of Cornwall cottages, and come and see the beauty of Cornwall's nature and wildlife for yourself.

(Image: Rupert Kirkwood)