Hayle now & then


This page is dedicated to interests outside the immediate site, but are relevant as part of the local community.


Why not take a trip back in time through Hayle with the slide show opposite or for up to date news in the local area click on the logo below.  

The Towans

The Hayle to Godrevy Sand Dune Ecosystem known locally as the “Towans” forms an arc around the southern end of St Ives Bay.


This constitutes the second largest dune system in Cornwall with most of the area being designated as an SSSI by Natural England. Gwithian Towans is also a Local Nature Reserve as are St Gothian Sands and Gwithian Green although the latter two are not SSSIs.


The dunes are principally made up of comminute seashells which have blown inshore and as a consequence are calcareous. Therefore, lime loving plants, otherwise rare in Cornwall, form an important constituent of their flora. It is one of the richest places for vascular plants where over a fifth of all plants recorded in Cornwall have been found.


 It is also an important area for birds and includes the globally threatened skylark and linnet and invertebrates such as national scarce butterflies and bees. 20% of the most protected butterflies in the UK such as the Silver- studded Blue can be found across the Towans. In addition to being a unique and important landscape in terms of its habitats and wildlife, this area has a pre-historic and industrial history. In the late 19th and early part of the 20th century, dynamite was manufactured on Upton Towans and tin streaming took place on St Gothian Sands. There remains physical evidence of both industries.


The Towans and adjacent beaches are hugely popular destinations for both local people and visitors to the area. The Towans are used for a variety of outdoor recreational activities including walking, dog exercising, water sports, observing and recording wildlife and family beach visits. There are at least 7 major holiday businesses, including holiday parks as well as chalets, static caravan and camping sites. At Gwithian there are two large camping sites open from Easter to October.

The Towans Partnership was formed early in 2002 to bring together land owners, local government, government agencies and other parties interested in protecting, managing and enhancing the Towans.



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The future

As you may be aware there is considerable development currently and planned for the future in and around Hayle.


If you are interested in viewing what is being proposed as part of the Hayle Neighbourhood Plan, the link below would be a good place to start.

Hayle Neighbourhood Plan


The dizzy heights of Hayle


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