Bird Watching Holidays for Birders in Porthtowan, North Cornwall

For bird watching in Cornwall Rosehill’s environment is unique. Broadleaved woodland, in a sheltered valley, five minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, provides a wonderfull habitat for our wildlife.

Rosehills unique environment is a haven for birdlife.

A holiday at Rosehill is the perfect base to explore all of the special areas in Cornwall famous throughout the world for unique bird watching environments. The Hayle estuary and the Godrevy nature reserve are just 20 minutes drive from the lodges. Your bird watching activity does not end when you get back to your lodge.

Here’s a selection of the birds that visit Rosehill. For a really special treat, wake up early, around 6.00am, grab yourself a fresh coffee from the cafetiere, sit on the glass covered decking listening to the dawn chorus. It really is amazing. WOW!

Bird Watching in Cornwall

Blue tits

Blue Tit. Bird watching in Cornwall at Rosehill Lodges

These blue and yellow birds can be spotted all year round. Blue tits mainly feed on insects (mostly caterpillars) and seeds. In spring they also eat pollen and nectar, while in autumn they feed on berries. These agile birds are often seen dangling from branches of trees or hanging upside down from bird feeders.

Blue tits usually do not stray further than a few kilometres away from their birth place. They nest in holes in trees, walls and more unusual places like letter boxes. They typically lay between 8 and 12 eggs in a nest made by the female from materials like wool, dead leaves, moss and spiders’ webs. The nest is then lined with down. The mother keeps the eggs warm until they hatch. After the chicks hatch they are fed by both parents.


Tawny Owls

Tawny Owl. Bird watching in Cornwall at Rosehill Lodges

These are the most common owl in Europe and are often seen at Rosehill. Their faces are round with big black eyes. Tawny owls – which are mainly chestnut brown in colour – are the UK’s largest common owl.

They prey on small birds, mammals and insects. After spotting their prey, they swiftly swoop down to catch it. Tawnys are territorial birds which stay in the same area throughout their lives. Male and female tawny owls bond for life. The female typically lays between 2 and 4 eggs in the spring.

After hatching, the chicks are fed by their father for around 21 days. Both parents then take on the role until the young leave the nest when they are around 34 days old. Tawnys are active during the night time, when they can be heard hooting. Their normal call is a ‘twit twoo’ sound that is a duet between the male (which ‘twit’s) and female (who ‘twoo’s).



Robins. Bird watching in Cornwall at Rosehill Lodges

Robin’s plump, red breast makes them instantly recognisable. These birds may look cute, but they are fiercely territorial and even ‘murder’ other robins which trespass into their territory (the area where they search for food and raise their young). Robins feed on insects, small invertebrates, seeds, fruits and berries. Widespread across the British Isles, these small birds are found in woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens where they nest in hard to find places.

The female robin usually lays between five and seven eggs, which she incubates for around 12 days. When the chicks hatch, they are fed by both parents before leaving the nest two weeks later. The young possess the trademark robin shape and size, but for their first season they have a speckled brown breast.

Bird Watching in Cornwall. A list of birds spotted close to Rosehill Lodges

Sea birds

The following is a list of sea birds spotted around the coast path just a short walk from your lodge.

  • Black headed gull
  • Common gull
  • Cormorant
  • Curlew
  • Fulmar
  • Gannet
  • Guillemot
  • Herring gull
  • Kittiwake
  • Lesser black headed gull
  • Oystercatcher
  • Shag

Other birds spotted at and around Rosehill

  • Blackbird
  • Blue tits
  • Buzzard
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiff chaff
  • Cornbunting
  • Crow
  • Cuckoo
  • Curlew
  • Dunnocks
  • Gillymot
  • Goldcrest
  • Goldfinch
  • Great tits
  • Greenfinch
  • House martin
  • Jackdaw
  • Jay
  • Kestrel
  • Linnet
  • Long tail tits
  • Magpie
  • Meadow pippits
  • Perequin falcon
  • Pied wagtail
  • Pheasant
  • Redwing
  • Rock pippits
  • Rook
  • Sand martins
  • Skylark
  • Sparrows
  • Stonechat
  • Swallow
  • Swift
  • Tawny owl
  • Thrush
  • White wagtail
  • Whitethroat
  • Wren
  • Yellow wagtail