Wildlife on the Roseland

 Holly blue butterfly resting on a leaf on the Roseland

The Roseland peninsula is rich in wildlife all year round with many quiet spots for nature to thrive.

The ranger team help care for the flora and fauna on the Roseland from St Mawes along to neighbouring Dodman.

In the summer months a team of dedicated volunteers help monitor butterflies in key sites which are called transects. This builds up a clear picture of what is around over the months and the data is then passed on to the Butterfly Conservation's central database to build a national view. 

Red admiral butterfly
Red admiral butterfly on the Roseland in Cornwall
Red admiral butterfly
Comma butterfly
Comma butterfly on the Roseland in Cornwall
Comma butterfly

The rangers are also helped in their work by our small herds of ponies who help keep the coastal strips under control so that there is a healthy balance of plant species which in turn encourages a balance in other wildlife.

Dartmoor ponies
Dartmoor ponies on the Dodman and Roseland in Cornwall
Dartmoor ponies

Common seals like the remoteness of Gull Rock where they can haul up with very little interruption from the rest of the world, although they do have to share the place with a few noisy neighbours.

Common seal
Common seal on Gull Rock, Roseland, Cornwall
Common seal
Sea birds on Gull Rock
Roseland Gull Rock bird life
Sea birds on Gull Rock

Living quietly, often unnoticed a whole community of creatures go about their daily life.

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) at Roseland, Cornwall
Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
Common lizard
A common lizard hiding in grass at Roseland, Cornwall
Common lizard
female tawny mining bee
Female tawny mining bee on the Roseland
female tawny mining bee