Events

The Plight of the Bumblebee…and other pollinators

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… Read more

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

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.… Read more

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All at Seal – seals, cetaceans and seabirds

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

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust have completed a huge number of boat based seal surveys and this talk illustrates some of their amazing encounters.

Sue Sayer will present her photo and video highlights of this innovative and comprehensive survey.… Read more

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Snorkel Safari and Barbeque

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.… Read more

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Bats of the Helford

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.… Read more

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Rockpool Ramble

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.… Read more

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Wildlife Treasure Hunt

Free for Wildlife Watch and HMCG Members

A beautiful, low input organic farm, with meadows, woodland, pond and the remains of an iron age round all leading down to the banks of the Helford.  A perfect spot for a wildlife treasure hunt.  Prizes for winning teams and best wildlife finds!  Why not bring a picnic and have lunch afterwards?  Event in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Watch.… Read more

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The Big Seaweed Search

Free Event

Come and join in with the Marine Conservation Society’s Seaweed project.  We have a permanent recording transect set up in 2017 and will be searching for the fourteen species of Seaweed required.  A great start to learn your Seaweeds and how to undergo a simple survey.… Read more

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Sunset Paddle Board up the Helford

Leader: Jenn Sandiford, this is a Cornwall Wildlife Trust Event, with SUP instructor Laurence Smith from Ocean High.

Join the Your Shore Beach Rangers for a Sunset SUP Session on the Helford.  Setting out from Durgan Beach, relax and float along the river looking out for the beautiful local wildlife, explore this exquisite bit of Cornwall from a different perspective.  Followed by a BBQ on the beach to discuss our finds.… Read more

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Wild Foods Walk

Leader: Caroline Davey from Fat Hen.

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

Join local expert Caroline Davey on a guided wild food walk to identify edible spring plants found in the hedgerows and woodland around the Helford.… Read more

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Conservation Cruise

Adults £12 Children £6

Come with us on our annual conservation cruise down the river, in and out of every creek to take in the wildlife, geography, geology and history of the estuary with our own local experts.  We will also have displays and children’s activities.  Warm clothes and water proofs just in case!… Read more

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Wildlife Ramble – Bosahan Woods

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

A guided walk through Bosahan Woods to enjoy the wildflowers and look for mammal tracks and signs.  This is is an atmospheric mixed woodland with a disused quarry at one end and the remains of a mill at the other and a river running through it.  Great for wildlife!… Read more

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

 £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 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.… Read more

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A Seamonster’s Tale, AGM and Supper

Free for Under 18’s and HMCG Members £4 for others. £5 for supper.

The Basking Shark is the second largest fish in the world and a spectacular feature in the seas around Britain. Hunted for centuries almost to the point of localized extinction for its liver oil and fins, it became the focal point of a major conservation campaign in the 1980’s, leading to protection and there is now hope that numbers are beginning to rise again.… Read more

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Tracking Blue Fin Tuna

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

Blue Fin Tuna are being spotted more frequently in our waters in recent years causing great excitement for marine biologists and fishermen alike.  Why are we seeing more of these fabulous fish?… Read more

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Protecting Cornwall’s Cetaceans

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

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation officer, Abby Crosby, will summarise the Trusts work in protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in our coastal waters, from sightings to stranding and the issue of coastal disturbance.… Read more

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Exploring Britain’s Hidden World: the View from Cornwall

£4 – HMCG Members and Children Free

How studies of seabed marine life in Cornwall have helped to shape our understanding of the underwater world, history and hidden beauty.  Keith is an Associate Fellow of the Marine Biological Association and has considerable experience in mapping Cornwall’s marine habitats.… Read more

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Awesome Antics – The Amazing Lives of our Marine Animals

Talk by Paul Naylor

£4- HMCG Members and Children Free

From Blennies guarding territories for several years to wrasse building intricate nests and running cleaning services, these and many other common animals of our coasts display fascinating behaviour. Marine biologist Paul Naylor will share the intrigue with his underwater photographs and video clips.… Read more

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Fungus Foray in Tremayne Woods

Join National Trust Ranger Justin Whitehouse for a foraging session and walk in Tremayne woods.  Wear clothing suitable for all weathers and sturdy shoes or wellingtons bearing in mind it could be muddy.

For info call Sue Scott on 01326 340961
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Conservation Cruise

Please allow plenty of time for parking and embarking!

Adults £12 Children £6  FULLY BOOKED, NEXT CRUISE MAY 2018

Come with us on our annual conservation cruise down the river, in and out of every creek to take in the wildlife, geography, geology and history of the estuary with our own local experts.  We will also have displays and children’s activities.  Warm clothes and water proofs just in case!… Read more

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