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

  • Tue 25 Jul 2017
    1:00pm - 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
    Sue Scott 01326 340961
    Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk 

  • Sat 19 Aug 2017
    9:30pm - 11:30pm

    Night Rockpooling
    Durgan Slipway

    Durgan Beach, Helford River SW 773 272

    Experience the shore after dark – crabs and other crustaceans are more active at night and sleeping fish can be found amongst the seaweeds. No children under 12 please and all must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring head torch, wetsuit boots, wellies or waders, reflective clothing or vest, spare warm clothes in a dry bag.

    Booking essential
    Leader Matt Slater
    matt.slater@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
    Tel: 01872 273939 ext 214

  • Sun 17 Sep 2017
    2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Conservation Cruise
    Ferryboat Inn Jetty TR11 5LB SW 764 269

    Please allow plenty of time for parking and embarking!

    Adults £12 Children £6

    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 to get your tickets
    Email
    Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk
    or call 01326 340961

  • Sat 14 Oct 2017
    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Fungus Foray in Tremayne Woods
    Meet at Gear Farm, St Martin TR12 6DE

    Join National Trust Ranger Justin Whitehouse for a foraging session and walk in Tremayne woods.  Wear clothing suitable for all weathers and sturdy shoes or wellingtons bearing in mind it could be muddy.

    For info call Sue Scott on 01326 340961
    Coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk.

  • Sat 4 Nov 2017
    7:30pm

    Awesome Antics – The Amazing Lives of our Marine Animals
    Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

    Talk by Paul Naylor

    £4- HMCG Members and Children Free

    From Blennies guarding territories for several years to wrasse building intricate nests and running cleaning services, these and many other common animals of our coasts display fascinating behaviour. Marine biologist Paul Naylor will share the intrigue with his underwater photographs and video clips.

  • Sat 2 Dec 2017
    7:30pm

    Exploring Britain’s Hidden World: the View from Cornwall
    Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

    £4 – HMCG Members and Children Free

    How studies of seabed marine life in Cornwall have helped to shape our understanding of the underwater world, history and hidden beauty.  Keith is an Associate Fellow of the Marine Biological Association and has considerable experience in mapping Cornwall’s marine habitats.

  • Sat 20 Jan 2018
    7:30pm

    Nudibranchs and other sea critters
    Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

    £4 – Members and Children Free

    Mark Webster has been photographing marine life in Cornish waters and other seas around the world for 30 years.  He is also a keen competitor and has represented the UK several times at the CMAS world championships of Underwater Photography winning silver and bronze medals.  His presentation will include his latest passion for Nudibranchs or Seaslugs, often tiny, just a few mm long, but very beautiful, along with other marine life.

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