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.

Events

Saturday 16th March 2019
7:30pm

Cultivating the Native Oyster with Our AGM

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

 

The cultivation of the Native Oyster Ostrea edulis has seen some ups and downs in recent decades, poor water quality and disease have had a major impact on the viability of the industry.  Tristan Hugh-Jones’ family has farmed Native Oysters in Cork, Ireland for fifty years and he has recently concentrated on developing resistance in their stock to the parasite Bonamia ostreae that has had such a devasting effect on the industry.  Come and listen to this interesting insight and join in with our AGM.  Please book for light supper.

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

Wednesday 10th April 2019
6:30am - 9:00am

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

meet at Calamansack (between Port Navas and Constantine) SW 746 281. At the start of the farm lane

Join BTO surveyor Martin Rule in the annual Heronry survey on the Helford, with a twist!  We will begin with the dawn chorus listening to 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. Please book especially if you would like Breakfast.

 £4 – HMCG Members and Children Free.  Breakfast £10 for full English 

Saturday 27th April 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm

Wild Flower Walk in Tremayne Woods

Meet at Gear Farm St Martin TR12 6DE

Come for a Spring flower walk through the delightful Tremayne woods down to the Helford with National Trust Lead Ranger Justin Whitehouse.  Park at Gear Farm and order a pasty for lunch by the water. Booking essential.

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

Wednesday 5th June 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Fabulous Wooded Garden Walk, Gillan Creek

Meet at Hallowarren Barn, Carne. SW 7729 2487

A very rare opportunity to stroll through a fabulous 15 acre woodland garden and wildflower honeypot meadow with owner Amanda Loxley and later join a guided amble around the head of the main creek – exploring its trees, diverse wildflowers and wetland birds (kingfishers if lucky).

Spaces limited (car sharing recommended and booking essential)

Free for under 18s and HMCG members. £4 for others

Sunday 16th June 2019
3:30pm - 6:00pm

Conservation Cruise

Ferryboat Inn Jetty Helford Passage TR11 5LB SW 764 269

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! Binoculars useful. Booking essential with payment in advance. 

Adults £14 Children £7

Saturday 6th July 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm

The Big Seaweed Search

Prisk Cove 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 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. Leaders Angie Gall and Sue Scott.  Free Event

Wednesday 14th August 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm

A Strandline Scavenge!

Bar Beach Helford Passage TR11 5LB

Come and hunt the strandline for interesting things the sea has left behind and turn them into sea monsters or any other creature of your choice!  With Plastic Free Helford.

Event in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Watch.  Booking Essential Via email to wildlifewatch@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Park in Helford Passage Car Park Behind the Ferryboat Pay and display £1 per day.

Sunday 1st September 2019
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Rockpool Ramble

Prisk Cove 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. Booking Essential.

Free Event

Sunday 22nd September 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbecue

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbecue 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 25th September 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Volunteer for Marine Life!

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

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, here and now in Cornwall. 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! Free Event with Falmouth Marine Conservation Group

Saturday 26th October 2019
7:30pm

Good Seafood and lessons learned from our past!

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Biologist Matt Slater discusses the rich history of Cornwall’s fishing industry from the heyday of the pilchard seines to the crawfish bonanza of the 70’s and discusses the lessons learned which will be important for future sustainability.

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

Saturday 30th November 2019
7:30pm

Lasers, Lights and Fluorescent Tattoos

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Sam Davis from Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, talks about the lengths, and depths, their research team goes to in order to find answers to managing fisheries and marine wildlife around the coast of Cornwall.

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

© Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area