Isles of Scilly - AONB

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Castle Down, Tresco

Exposed Headland Heaths

Key features:

– Windswept plateaux surrounded by sheer, rugged cliffs and the sea, and taking the full force of Atlantic Storms.

– Thin soils support distinctive wind-pruned vegetation, known as waved heath, though the more sheltered inland slopes often feature bracken and gorse.

– Granite outcrops are weathered into distinctive tors known locally as carns.

– All of the headlands are important for nature conservation. Lichen-rich heathland supports important colonies of breeding birds such as Terns, Kittiwakes and Fulmars.

– Rich archaeological landscapes containing most of Scilly’s scheduled monuments including prehistoric settlements, field systems, burial and ceremonial monuments.

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