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

Thursday 30th August 2018
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Rockpool Ramble

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

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

Investigate the fascinating rock pools at Prisk Cove and discover the hidden world of crabs, fish, sea anemones and strange shellfish with marine expert Ruth Williams. Please wear non slip rock scrambling shoes that you are prepared to get wet, wellies or wetsuit boots.

Booking via Eventbrite. Low tech? call instead Sue Scott 01326 340961

Saturday 1st September 2018

Bats of the Helford

Mawnan Church, Church Rd TR11 5HY

Leader Dr Carol Williams of Bat Conservation Trust

Carol will give a brief talk to introduce you to the cast of bats that make this part of Cornwall their home. The talk will include an introduction to being a bat detective using bat ultrasound as our key clue to identity. Tea, coffee and cakes. We will then put our new skills into practice with a walk to look for and listen to bats using detectors that allow us to hear their nightly activity.

Booking via Eventbrite. Low tech? call instead Sue Scott 01326 340961

Sunday 30th September 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbeque

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbeque and get together on the beach.  If you like to snorkel join the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Experts on a guided tour of the Helford Eelgrass beds then warm up with a tasty BBQ.  Snorkelers must bring their own equipment including wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins.

Barbeque £5

Booking Essential (snorkel places limited) call Sue Scott 01326 340961

Saturday 10th November 2018
7:30pm

How we do it: the work of British Divers Marine Life Rescue in Cornwall

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

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

British Divers Marine Life Rescue is a nationwide charity set up in 1988 that trains people how to respond to marine animals in distress reported to their 24hr hotline.  One of the busiest areas in the country is Cornwall, where the local team have faced some of the most difficult, and sometimes surprising, situations over the years.  Here, Welfare Development and Field Support Officer Dan Jarvis will be sharing some of the most memorable and heart-warming, or sometimes heart-breaking, stories that can be told of their experiences in marine animal rescue, with a special focus on the Lizard Peninsula, Helford River and surrounding area.

Saturday 19th January 2019
7:30pm

The Plight of the Bumblebee…and other pollinators

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

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

Prof Juliet Osborne and Dr Pete Kennedy have been studying bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators for over 20 years.  This talk will cover the ecology and conservation of these important insects, and highlight what is being done to protect and promote their populations in Cornwall

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