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Cornwall has many varied habitats, but from the Cornish heathland to the Cornish hedge they have all been shaped by people. Atlantic woodlands on the South West coast, are among the least disturbed of our semi-natural habitats. They contain hardwoods: oaks, willow, ash, hazel, with some birch and rowan, all pruned by the ocean wind, dwarfed by the rocky, salty soil, and clothed in ferns, mosses and lichens by clean, warm, moist air.
Granite makes fist from hedges Bracken as brittle as a weasels'laugh
Lean-to hawthorn, Fern in constant curtsey, Lichen gloves rock
Heart-stopping, delicious melancholy
Where the land meets the sea, Moss explodes on the rocks.
23/04/01 Link to the building of Wild Cornwall 23/04/01
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