Events

Nudibranchs and other sea critters

£4 – Members and Children Free

Mark Webster has been photographing marine life in Cornish waters and other seas around the world for 30 years.  He is also a keen competitor and has represented the UK several times at the CMAS world championships of Underwater Photography winning silver and bronze medals.  His presentation will include his latest passion for Nudibranchs or Seaslugs, often tiny, just a few mm long, but very beautiful, along with other marine life.… 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

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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Night Rockpooling

Durgan Beach, Helford River SW 773 272

Experience the shore after dark – crabs and other crustaceans are more active at night and sleeping fish can be found amongst the seaweeds. No children under 12 please and all must be accompanied by an adult.… Read more

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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 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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The Big Seaweed Search

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

Come and join in with the Marine Conservation Society’s Seaweed project.  We will be setting up a permanent recording transect and 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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Rockpool Photography

Sunday June 25th Meet Durgan Slipway- Durgan Beach, Helford River SW 773 272

£4 – Members and Children Free

Expensive, sophisticated cameras were once essential for rock pool photography, equipment that few possessed.  Today many now walk around with smart phones or compact cameras with small sensors, ideal for the seashore and its critters.… Read more

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Snorkel Safari and Barbeque

Saturday 17th June 3:30pm – 6:30pm Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272 Barbeque £5

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.  Booking Essential (snorkel places limited).Read more

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Spring Wildflower Walk with Keith Spurgin

Sunday 11th June 2pm-4pm   Meet at Durgan National Trust Car park near Mawnan Smith

£4 -HMCG  Members and Children Free

Join us for a walk through Bosloe, over the hay meadows to Porth Saxon then up the Carwinnion Valley to experience the spring flowers and spectacular views out to the mouth of the Helford with renowned local botanist Keith Spurgin.   Weatherproof clothing and robust footwear advised.… Read more

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Crabs and Critters on Bar Beach

Join Matt Slater on a search for fascinating mud dwelling sea creatures at low tide! Find out more about the myriad of creatures that live in and on the mud at Bar Beach Helford. Meet at Helford

Passage – outside the Ferryboat Inn.… Read more

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Annual Heron Count with Dawn Chorus at Calamansack

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 afterwards to warm up.… Read more

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Our 30th Anniversary!! AGM with talk – Drones and Environmental Assessment by James Duffy

Come and celebrate our 30th anniversary with a light supper and cake (of course!).  James Duffy from Exeter University is going to talk to you about drones, and why they aren’t all bad news! With a focus on seagrass ecosystems, we will find out how this low-cost rapidly developing technology is being used to map coastal environments in greater detail than ever before.  Please book supper.… Read more

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Jaws UK-Predatory Sharks in British Waters Talk by Doug Herdson

We do not have dangerous sharks around our coasts, or do we?   Doug has spent almost 30 years studying fish in the Tropics and in British waters and his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Learn the truth behind the headlines and find out more about these fascinating creatures.… Read more

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History around the Helford

A talk with Tracey Clowes deputy curator of Helston Folk Museum on the human history of living around The Helford River.

Helston Folk Museum, Market Place Helston TR13 8TH

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Quiz Night!

Come and join us for our Christmas Fundraiser Quiz and find out what we have been doing this year. Light hearted local and general knowledge questions. Prizes. Booking Essential.

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Tag Tails –Learning about our Basking Sharks

With Dr Matt Witt we will delve into the lives of the basking shark and learn of the behaviour of these iconic British sharks. Using information from state of the art satellite tracking we will unveil the annual migrations and seasonal behaviour of these sharks and consider how this new knowledge may help in the conservation of this enigmatic species.… Read more

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A Weekend in the Woods with the National Trust and Kestle Barton

Traditional woodland management in the beautiful Helford Woods.  Help the NT rangers with coppicing and thinning of the woodlands, learn traditional green woodworking and charcoal making.  Talks, demonstrations and exhibitions in collaboration with Kestle Barton art gallery.  Join in on one or both days, something for all ages.… 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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