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.
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Here are details of the VMCA’s Shoresearch week run by Matt Slater Cornwall Wildlife Trust, a great opportunity to take part in what is now an annual survey using a replicated scientific approach. You will notice that our Prisk Cove survey is on Thursday 11th at 12 noon, it will be lovely to see you down there but also please try some of the other VMCA’s if you have time, it is a good networking opportunity and the shores are all so different, a brilliant learning and knowledge sharing opportunity.… Read more



The annual Barbecue and Snorkel safari is coming up soon-Saturday 20th September 10am to 12pm last year we had about 35 people for the BBQ and it was a really nice event with quality local sausages and burgers, veggi options, choc brownies and salads, if you haven’t booked do it now, it is a bargain morning out on the beautiful Durgan Beach at £5 each!… Read more

Practical Volunteers Meeting

Helford Marine Conservation Group

Practical Volunteers Meeting

5th July 2014-11am -1pm

Black Swan, Gweek

Help with Crabs and Critters Sunday 13th July

Monday 14th July Survey 12:30 Porth Saxon

Freshwater abiotic monitoring TBA

Shore Search Week 8th to the 12th September

Helford Land and River Project Roadshow

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Helford Display Board for Your House or Garden?

You can have your own display board for a small donation, contact coordinator for details. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARead more


Seaweed Fun

IMG_0051Sunday 16th March saw a group of us down on the beach at Prisk, with scientific adviser Angie Gall to have our first ‘teach on the beach’ session to improve our identification skills ready for the summer season.  We concentrated on Seaweeds this time, gathering a good selection of species to take back with us to identify and press.… Read more


New Board Installed at Durgan!

David Thomson and Charles Richardson have installed one of the New Interpretation Boards at Durgan, immediately creating interest as you can see from the photo.

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HVMCA Information Boards

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area in 2013 we are replacing the old HMVCA boards around the river.  There are currently 11 of these boards at key access points on both sides of the river.… Read more


Good Friday Trigging

Friday 29th March 2013 – if you would like to watch this traditional family activity and provide useful data at the same time then download a copy of the form here Observation Trigging_2013

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Maerl discovery

Dragonet in Helford Maerl by Lin Baldock copy
Dragonet in Helford Maerl by Lin Baldock

Cornwall maerl 2012 report


Kayak Helford River Clean Up a Great Success

Fishing nets, fuel cans, plastic bags, sacking and even a garden fork were all dragged from the Helford River, along with other assorted rubbish, by volunteers from the Helford Marine Conservation Group on Saturday 10th November.

The kayak rubbish pick up was declared a brilliant success by organiser Jes Hirons, despite the showery conditions and cold wind.… Read more


Fabulous Autumn Sighting

Anita and Mike Langshaw were treated to a magnificent sighting of an Osprey whilst kayaking in Frenchman’s Creek on the 1st of October. They saw it fly from a tree being closely followed by crows. It landed again but flew off before Mike could get his camera out for a good shot, although he has managed some of rather poor quality.… Read more


Autumn newsletter now online….

Our Autumn newsletter is now available to download! This special edition 10th Anniversary Helford VMCA Newsletter features articles from members old and new as well as surveys, activities and campaigns to get involved in on and around the Helford. … Read more


Shore search reveals stunning marine wildlife around the Cornish coast!

Volunteers from Cornwall Wildlife Trust were recently treated to some incredible finds during a county-wide survey of life on some of our most important rocky shores. The ‘shore search’ survey was carried out at St Agnes, Polzeath, Looe, Fowey and Helford over four days, which saw some of the lowest spring tides of the year.… Read more


Helford VMCA at the Falmouth Marine School Fresher’s Fair

Helford VMCA’s Elizabeth West was at the Falmouth Marine School’s Fresher’s Fair on Friday 28th September armed with banners, leaflets and lots of enthusiasm! Elizabeth was representing the Helford VMCA and ensuring new students at Cornwall’s ‘College of the Ocean’ were informed about the work of the VMCG, our events program, marine surveys and volunteering opportunities.… Read more


Helford Wetland Bird Survey…come and join in

Since late 2010, HMCG members have taken part in a monthly survey of all the waterbirds present on the Helford. This is part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s national ‘Wetland Birds Survey’ or WeBS, that aims to record ducks, geese, waders, herons, gulls and other waterbirds on the UK’s larger wetlands.… Read more


HMCG summer events

Accounts and some photos from two of this year’s great summer events can now been found in our events report section. Our annual conservation cruise always sells out and an outdoor session with Dr Tegwyn Harris also attracted large numbers of people, keen to find out more about the marine life of sediment shores.… Read more


Plymouth University ROV surveys the Helford

An underwater survey of the Helford in mid April was made possible thanks to the use of Plymouth University’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and a small team of enthusiastic volunteers. Coordinated by Angie Gall, Richard Ticehurst from Plymouth University brought the ROV down for the day to survey some of the fascinating underwater habitats along the River.… Read more

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