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.

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Shoresearch

Shoresearch is a citizen science project run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust that aims to improve our understanding of marine life within and around Cornwall’s Marine Protected Areas. Volunteers are provided training on shore identification and are encouraged to take part in organised events and to run their own surveys.

See what we found in rook-pooling on Helford Passage beach at Christmas:

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Helford River Rockpooling

A hint of warm weather and we flock to the beach and where nicer than the little beaches around the Helford where the dog can come too and there is a wealth of fascinating wildlife to see in our rockpools. 

Spiny starfish. Image: Ruth Williams.
Spiny starfish. Image: Ruth Williams.
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Events

Saturday 18th January 2020
7:30pm

Cornwall Beaver Project-Beavers for Biodiversity!

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Wildlife film maker Nina Constable has documented the Cornwall Beaver Project at Woodland Valley Farm from day one and has some marvellous footage of the changes the Beavers have made.   Improvements to the diversity of other wildlife and effects on the water quality are astounding, all from these industrious creatures doing their thing.  Join Nina, Chris Jones (the landowner) and Cheryl Marriott from The Cornwall Beaver project to find out more.

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

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