Goonhilly Downs
Goonhilly Downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that forms a raised plateau in the central western area of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Situated just south of Helston and the Naval Air Station at Culdrose, it is famous for its Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, the largest one in the world. The large satellite dishes are an iconic landmark, and can be seen for miles. Goonhilly Downs is now also home to a 5.6 MW wind farm consisting of fourteen 400 kW wind turbines and a tourist attraction called Cornish Camels. The downs themselves are an area of sparse heathland, based on serpentinite geology. This is home to rare plants, such as the Cornish heath, which has been adopted as the county flower. A menhir can be found on the downs, near the BT site.

North Predannack Downs Nature Reserve
A couple of miles further west from the BT site is another SSSI and nature reserve, owned and managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This reserve is prime Cornish heath with ponds and willow fen. Early Bronze Age barrows are present and there are several ancient 'turf-hut' circles. There are remains of buildings likely to have been used during the Second World War. Both adders and stonechats are commonly sighted here. Half a mile before the BT Satellite dishes is Goonhilly Craft Shop and Tea Room.Set back from the road, the building was constructed in the early 1960s by a local farmer. The land was originally part of the nearby Trelowarren Estate. Planning permission was granted to build a 4 bedroomed bungalow and petrol station, and it was known locally as 'Telstar Cafe' Telstar is the name of various communications satellites, including the first ever such satellite able to relay television signals. Today, over 100,000 people a year visit BT's nearby FutureWorld@Goonhilly. The petrol station is no longer at 'Telstar Cafe' (petrol sales now taken over by Tesco in nearby Helston) Many of BT's visitors also call into the Craft Shop and Tea Room before making their way back from Goonhilly