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Looe Island Nature Reserve (also know at St George's Island) is just off the coast of Looe. In the 20th century, Looe island was owned (and inhabited) by two sisters, Babs and Evelyn Atkins, who wrote two books: We Bought An Island and its sequel Tales From Our Cornish Island. They chronicle the purchase of the island and what it was like to live there. Evelyn died in 1997 at the age of 87; Babs continued to live on the island until her death in 2004, at the age of 86. On her death, she kindly bequeathed the island to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust who will preserve it as a nature reserve in perpetuity. It is also a marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teeming with life. It provides a quiet haven for wildlife, with a variety of habitats including woodland, maritime grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef.

In the background is Rame Head and the Rame Peninsula.

Hannafore to Talland Bay, Cornwall