New measures to protect Cornwall Nature Reserve
New measures are put in place to protect a nature reserve in Cornwall.
Natural England said Golitha Falls on Bodmin Moor was affected by overtourism, which it said was “destroying” the countryside. He reported that 1,000 people a day visited the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which had a negative effect on the rare species of lichens and mosses.
An estimated 1,000 people per day visit Golitha Falls SSSI (Neil Howard).
Measures included setting up special areas for dogs near rivers where they could play actively “without having a devastating effect”, site bosses said.
Natural England’s senior adviser in Cornwall and Devon, Phil Bowler, said there were “too many” people visiting the site. He said: “The highest number of people we registered on the site in one day was over 1,000 people.
“It’s really too much for a small site like this so we are working with Cornwall Council…to see how we can manage the parking supply [and] look at the traffic control on the lanes.”
Local resident Tim Burns recorded the number of people visiting the site and said the natural habitat was being damaged by dog walkers and anti-social behavior. He said: “We did a survey over several days and found that there were around 10,000 people a week walking through the woods, along with around 5,000 dogs.
“It is absolutely staggering and completely unsustainable. The damage done to this area of natural beauty is truly shameful.”