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

Sunday 22nd September 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbecue

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbecue 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 25th September 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Volunteer for Marine Life!

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

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, here and now in Cornwall. 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! Free Event with Falmouth Marine Conservation Group

Saturday 26th October 2019
7:30pm

Good Seafood and lessons learned from our past!

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Biologist Matt Slater discusses the rich history of Cornwall’s fishing industry from the heyday of the pilchard seines to the crawfish bonanza of the 70’s and discusses the lessons learned which will be important for future sustainability.

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

Saturday 30th November 2019
7:30pm

Lasers, Lights and Fluorescent Tattoos

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Sam Davis from Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, talks about the lengths, and depths, their research team goes to in order to find answers to managing fisheries and marine wildlife around the coast of Cornwall.

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

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