Penwith Moors SSSI

Closes 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.

You can submit your views via an online survey using the link at the bottom of this page, by email to or posted to: Natural England, Polwhele, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9AD.

Why your views matter

We are now seeking views on the notification of Penwith Moors SSSI under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.


Have your say and give us your views


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  • Natural environment
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