A beauty spot near Falmouth popular with walkers has been closed to visitors for the foreseeable future amid a number of nature reserve and car park closures.

Kennall Vale nature reserve at Ponsanooth is one of 11 sites closed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust in order to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity has also closed two of its car parks, including one at Ruan Minor near The Lizard.

Carolyn Cadman, chief executive of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: "For safety reasons, sadly we are having to close some of our nature reserves.

"These reserves have pinch points either in car parks or entrances, which bring people into close proximity.

"To keep everybody safe and ensure appropriate social distancing, please show your support by not visiting the following reserves until further notice."

The other closed reserves are Armstrong Wood at Launceston, Beales Meadow at Launceston, Five Acres at Truro, Fox Corner near Truro, Greena Moor at Bude, Halbullock Moor near Truro, Looe Island, Nansmellyn Marsh near Perranporth, Sylvia’s Meadow near Callington and Upton Meadow near Bude.

In addition, the trust has locked the car parks at Prideaux Woods at St Austell and Windmill Farm Nature Reserve near Ruan Minor.

People are asked not to drive along the private road that leads to the windmill car park.

However, Ms Cadman urged people to still enjoy nature from home, adding: "We must look after our health and wellbeing during this time at home, nature is just outside the window and so important in easing anxiety."