Events

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.


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Monday June 21st
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Magnificent Moths

Monday 21st June or Tuesday 22nd June (depending on the weather forecast!)
8:30am Free but donations to HMCG happily accepted.
An opportunity to see moths ‘up close’! With ecologist Pat Farrell. These magnificent creatures, masters of camouflage, come to light ‘traps’ overnight. The ‘traps’ are harmless, and enable us to identify and examine the moths the following morning whilst the moths are inactive. Note the early start. The venue, Little Helland, Treverva has mature trees and meadow, is a good example of the habitats found in the Helford upper catchment. Prebooking only please. The event will be limited to six people. To book contact Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

Wednesday June 23rd
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Earthwalk- ‘A gently refreshing touch of nature’

Wednesday 23rd June 10:30 at Goongillings Farm (with the kind permission of Barbara and Charlie Pugh). Free but donations to HMCG happily accepted.
Wake up your senses to the wild world around you, during a gentle walk through the woods to the river. With ecologist Pat Farrell. We will be exploring the quiet parts of the farm off the permissive path with an option to enjoy a lunchtime picnic afterwards. Duration approx. 2 hours plus optional picnic. Please wear walking shoes/ wellies, wet weather gear advised! Unsuitable for dogs. Prebooking only please. The event will be limited to six people. To book contact Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

Saturday June 26th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Great Seaweed Hunt

Saturday 26th June 11:00am at Prisk Cove (cow beach) Mawnan Smith
Free but donations to HMCG happily accepted.
Come and help with the Great Seaweed Hunt survey transect and learn about the Seaweeds we are recording and why. The seaweeds we search for make a simple introduction to seaweeds and their many forms, ideal for beginners. The more experienced can conduct a walkover survey of the site. Option afterwards if the weather is fine to come back to base for Seaweed pressing and take a look under a field microscope to see more.
Prebooking only please. The event will be limited to 12 people. To book contact Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

Wednesday August 25th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rockpool Bingo!

Rockpool Bingo!
Wednesday 25th August 1pm at Prisk Cove (Cow Beach) Mawnan Smith
Free but donations to HMCG happily accepted. Event suitable for families.
A rockpool ramble with a twist, family teams look for different rockpool species to make a full house. A bit of fun and a great way to learn about the creatures that inhabit the rocky reef on the Helford. Duration approx. two plus the walking down and back. Prebooking only please. The event will be limited to 30 people. To book contact Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

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