The HVMCA

The Helford River is a very special place for a wide range of marine wildlife, for the people that live and work alongside it and the many visitors who enjoy its scenic beauty. Its richness was officially recognised in 1987, when the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area was designated to help protect the diverse marine life of this beautiful estuary.

The Helford Marine Conservation Group is a voluntary organisation working to safeguard the marine life of the beautiful Helford River, to increase its biological diversity and raise awareness of its marine interest and importance.

A wide-ranging programme of exciting events gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to explore and learn more about the many facets of this very special place. Activities include seashore safaris, wildflower walks, photography days and conservation cruises.

Events

Wednesday 15th April 2020
6:30am - 9:00am

Heron Count and Dawn Chorus (with a Trengilly Breakfast!)

Calamansack (between Port Navas and Constantine) SW 746 281. At the start of the farm lane.

 £4 – HMCG Members and Children Free.  Breakfast £10 for full English Join BTO surveyor Martin Rule in the annual Heronry survey on the Helford, with a twist!  We will begin with the dawn chorus listening to resident birds and early migrants, walking down to view the Heronry and complete a nest count for the British Trust for Ornithology.  Please bring binoculars if you have them and dress warmly.  Breakfast at the Trengilly Inn (£10) afterwards to warm up. Please book especially if you would like Breakfast.

Wednesday 17th June 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Fabulous Wooded Garden Walk, Gillan Creek

Meet at Hallowarren Barn, Carne. SW 7729 2487

Free for under 18s and HMCG members. £4 for others. Meet at Hallowarren Barn, Carne. SW 7729 2487  A very rare opportunity to stroll through a fabulous 15 acre woodland garden and wildflower honeypot meadow with owner Amanda Loxley.  There will be a circular walk through the unspoilt woodlands early summer flowers time finishing with tea and cakes in the barn.

Sunday 21st June 2020
4:00pm - 6:30pm

A Midsummer Conservation Cruise

Ferryboat Inn Jetty TR11 5LB SW 764 269

Adults £14 Children £7

Come with us on our annual conservation cruise down the river, in and out of the creeks to take in the wildlife, geography, geology and history of the estuary with our own local experts.  Warm clothes and waterproofs just in case! Binoculars and camera useful. Booking essential with payment in advance.

Friday 21st August 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Rockpool Ramble

Meet at Mawnan Church, Old Church Road, Mawnan TR11 5HY SW 788 272

Investigate the fascinating rock pools at Prisk Cove and discover the hidden world of crabs, fish, sea anemones and strange shellfish with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation. Please wear non-slip rock scrambling shoes that you are prepared to get wet, wellies or wetsuit boots. Booking Essential. Organised with children in mind. A free event..

Tuesday 25th August 2020
8:00pm

A Bat Walk and Talk

Trenarth Manor, High Cross, Constantine TR11 5JN

With Dr Carol Williams. Old buildings, mature woodland and pasture around the Helford River provides a rich habitat for many bat species.   Look around the grounds of Trenarth Manor to see and hear them emerging to feed. Dr Carol Williams of the Bat Conservation Trust has made a particular study of the Bat species of the Helford.  Booking Essential Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others.

Sunday 6th September 2020
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbeque

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbeque and get together on the beach. You don’t have to snorkel to come and join the Barbecue but if you like to, join the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Experts on a guided tour of Durgan Bay.  Snorkelers must bring their own equipment including wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins.  Booking Essential (snorkel places limited)  Barbeque £5

Wednesday 30th September 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Volunteer for Marine Life!

Falmouth Art Gallery, Top Floor Municipal Offices, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 3QA

A Free Event

Come and be inspired to volunteer in Marine Conservation work, watch films of marine life off the coast of Cornwall and listen to people active in the many successful projects that are taking place. Many volunteers in the marine sector have developed skills that take them on to the most fabulous and rewarding employment, or on retirement bring amazing skills with them.  A great evening get together, with snacks, of course! with Falmouth Marine Conservation Group

Saturday 17th October 2020
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Where to Watch Wildlife with our AGM and Supper

Gweek Village hall

Saturday 7th November 2020
7:30pm

Wreck Diving

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Wreck hunter and enthusiast, Mark Milburn, talks about his finds and searches in and around the Helford River. From WWII bombs to lost wrecks, the Helford River still has many secrets to be discovered.

Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others

Saturday 28th November 2020
7:30pm

The Lone Kayaker-Up the Creek and Far Beyond!

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Join us for an illustrated talk from Rupert Kirkwood about all the marine wildlife he has encountered during his kayak trips around the coast of Devon and Cornwall. Rupert has clocked up over 23,000 miles and finds the expeditions so exciting he finds he cannot stop, having encountered and photographed a wealth of marine life including Seals, Cetaceans and even a Humpback Whale.

Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others

© Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area