Falmouth is located on one of the most southerly stretches of coast in the UK and blessed with an exceptionally mild climate. Animal species and plants thrive here which struggle to survive in most other parts of the UK.
The town enjoys two diverse marine ecosystems lapping its shoreline: to the north east the huge estuarine expanse of the Fal estuary with its many sheltered creeks and the third deepest natural harbour in the world and to the south the extensive waters of Falmouth Bay reaching from the mouth of the Fal to the Lizard Peninsular.
There is also the nationally important brackish pool at Swanpool located on Falmouth’s south side.
Expect the unexpected
Carried along in weather systems originating in Europe and from even more distant continents such as North America and Africa, rare migrant birds and insects are annually recorded – some have even found their new home much to their liking and have survived and flourished to form resident populations.
Exotic marine species more commonly associated with warmer waters are being increasingly recorded by fishing boats and marine scientists in the area.