The Helford VMCA aims are to encourage people to become more involved with the marine environment and to work together to conserve it. This programme of events has been produced to help people to learn, understand and enjoy this very special place.

Here you’ll find details of the events, walks and activities that will be taking place around the Helford River this year. The programme offers a wide range of activities, from seashore exploration and special marine talks to bird-watching walks and a conservation cruise. All will help to show the watery wonders and mysterious marine world of the Helford River. There is something for all ages, abilities and interests and everyone is welcome.

Friday August 21st
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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 Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation. Please wear non-slip rock scrambling shoes that you are prepared to get wet, wellies or wetsuit boots. Booking Essential. Organised with children in mind. A free event..

Tuesday August 25th
8:00 pm

A Bat Walk and Talk

With Dr Carol Williams. Old buildings, mature woodland and pasture around the Helford River provides a rich habitat for many bat species.   Look around the grounds of Trenarth Manor to see and hear them emerging to feed. Dr Carol Williams of the Bat Conservation Trust has made a particular study of the Bat species of the Helford.  Booking Essential Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others.

Sunday September 6th
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbeque 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 September 30th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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

A Free Event

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. 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! with Falmouth Marine Conservation Group

Saturday October 17th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday November 7th
7:30 pm


Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Wreck hunter and enthusiast, Mark Milburn, talks about his finds and searches in and around the Helford River. From WWII bombs to lost wrecks, the Helford River still has many secrets to be discovered.

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

Saturday November 28th
7:30 pm


Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Join us for an illustrated talk from Rupert Kirkwood about all the marine wildlife he has encountered during his kayak trips around the coast of Devon and Cornwall. Rupert has clocked up over 23,000 miles and finds the expeditions so exciting he finds he cannot stop, having encountered and photographed a wealth of marine life including Seals, Cetaceans and even a Humpback Whale.

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

Saturday January 30th

Blue Fin Tuna!

Tom Horton, project officer for the Thunnus UK project will tell us about the United Kingdom’s research on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus Thynnus). Now three years on since he gave a talk for us at the beginning of this exciting project leading from the return of fabulous fish to UK waters. This talk will focus on the local ecology of Bluefin Tuna off the United Kingdom and highlight exciting new research that has been conducted since it began.

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

© Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area