Penwith Moors SSSI

Closed 7 Feb 2023

Opened 7 Oct 2022


Penwith Moors is an extensive (c.3,000 ha) area of heathland, wetland and acid grassland in Cornwall.  It is of special interest for the following nationally important features:

  • Lowland heathland
  • Fens
  • Lowland dry acid grassland
  • Four species of vascular plants
  • An assemblage of invertebrates associated with scrub-heath and moorland
  • An assemblage of lichens associated with acid non-montane rock
  • Breeding Dartford warbler 

Penwith Moors is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 7 October 2022.

Further information about this notification including maps is available in the related documents section below.


Why your views matter

This consultation has now closed and if you have made representations on the notification of Penwith Moors SSSI these will be collated and presented to the Board of Natural England in due course.


What happens next

We are now assessing the responses to the consultation and will be making a recommendation to the Board of Natural England in due course. Natural England has to make a decision to either confirm or withdraw this notification by 6 July 2023 or the notification will cease to exist. We will widely promote Natural England's decision.


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Government Agencies
  • Local Authorities
  • Walkers
  • Farmers
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Land Agents
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants


  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Land management
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Uplands
  • Protecting wildlife