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.


Thursday 30th August 2018
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Rockpool Ramble

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

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

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 via Eventbrite. Low tech? call instead Sue Scott 01326 340961

Saturday 1st September 2018

Bats of the Helford

Mawnan Church, Church Rd TR11 5HY

Leader Dr Carol Williams of Bat Conservation Trust

Carol will give a brief talk to introduce you to the cast of bats that make this part of Cornwall their home. The talk will include an introduction to being a bat detective using bat ultrasound as our key clue to identity. Tea, coffee and cakes. We will then put our new skills into practice with a walk to look for and listen to bats using detectors that allow us to hear their nightly activity.

Booking via Eventbrite. Low tech? call instead Sue Scott 01326 340961

Sunday 30th September 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbeque

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

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.

Barbeque £5

Booking Essential (snorkel places limited) call Sue Scott 01326 340961

Saturday 10th November 2018

How we do it: the work of British Divers Marine Life Rescue in Cornwall

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

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

British Divers Marine Life Rescue is a nationwide charity set up in 1988 that trains people how to respond to marine animals in distress reported to their 24hr hotline.  One of the busiest areas in the country is Cornwall, where the local team have faced some of the most difficult, and sometimes surprising, situations over the years.  Here, Welfare Development and Field Support Officer Dan Jarvis will be sharing some of the most memorable and heart-warming, or sometimes heart-breaking, stories that can be told of their experiences in marine animal rescue, with a special focus on the Lizard Peninsula, Helford River and surrounding area.

Saturday 19th January 2019

The Plight of the Bumblebee…and other pollinators

Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

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

Prof Juliet Osborne and Dr Pete Kennedy have been studying bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators for over 20 years.  This talk will cover the ecology and conservation of these important insects, and highlight what is being done to protect and promote their populations in Cornwall

© Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area