Penlee Nature Reserve encompasses both woodland and open grassland and is maintained be the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. If you enjoy visiting these sites, please join your local trust. It’s sited on an old gun emplacement created for the defence of Plymouth, the remains of which can be seen throughout the site.
Heading through the site and down through the woods and across a field with amazing views out to sea will lead you to Queen Adelaide’s Grotto.
Whilst on my visits I haven’t seen much wildlife of note, the woodlands and fort area are host to a range of invertebrates and birds, whilst the grotto provides a fantastic spot to watch for marine life. It’s worth a visit for the views alone though.
It can be quite busy on weekends in the summer, especially if the weather is good. Tends to be quite quiet during the week and during the winter.