has a long coastline over 300
miles in length. For the naturalists Cornwall has an interesting
coastline comprised of all the various coastal habitats, rocky cliffs,
single beaches, sandy beaches sand dunes and salt marshes.
because of its location a peninsular jutting out into the ocean
surrounded by sea, has a climate that differs from the rest of mainland
Britain. Its climate is more temperate, rarely suffering from frost
and cooled by sea breezes in summer. However it does tend to suffer
from higher winds and storms in the autumn and winter.
north coast of Cornwall faces the Atlantic as such there are more
storms and even in summer there is a good amount of surf. This stormier
coast plus the currents of the Atlantic, make the beaches a good
location to find strandings of exotic plants and animals that may
have originated from as far away as the Caribbean.
south coast faces the Channel which tends to be less stormy with
little surf in the summer. However there are storms on this sheltered
part of the coast, but the affects strongly depend on the direction
of the wind.
coastline is dynamic, it is continually changing, the change being
driven by the elements water and wind. Much of this change is gradual
not obvious to the observer in their lifetime, but now and again
one event will drastically change a portion of the coast. Fortunately
most shore life will adapt to slow change, however cannot cope with
fast change. Except for the odd natural sudden change most abrupt
events are man made. Man himself is the most likely source of the