Places to see birds

Pentire and Rumps Point

Puffin perched on rock, Isle of May

The areas just to the south and north of the mouth of the river Camel are the prime spots in Cornwall to see the remaining populations of corn bunting, a bird of high conservation priority for the RSPB. In recent years, because of a change in the farming practised at Pentire it is not so easy to find corn buntings there as previously and the area from Trevose Head to the south side of the river mouth is the remaining stronghold. Pentire Farm and Rumps Point are on the north side and are owned by the National Trust.
The whole place is good for birds and a delight to walk around. The Rumps are two small hills that drop into the sea and just offshore lay The Mouls, an island on which puffins breed. You can see them on the sea just off the island, normally to the right, but you will need good 'bins' or a telescope.
Even on a Cornish scale the scenery here is breathtaking. Add the wild flowers of spring, the abundant insects and special birds, its a nature lovers playground. Pentire is situated just to the north west of Polzeath.