Helford River Rockpooling
Spiny starfish. Image: Ruth Williams.
a hint of warm weather and we flock to the beach and where nicer than the little beaches around the Helford where the dog can come too and there is a wealth of fascinating wildlife to see in our rockpools. Don’t forget our Seashore code.
- Please leave animals and seaweeds where you find them, only take photos home
- Always gently replace overturned rocks as you found them
- Make sure a shell is empty before taking it home
- Be careful on the shore, as rocks can be very slippery
- Check the tides and keep away from the cliffs
- Take your litter home with you or bin it
HMCG’s Helford River Roadshow
Only two more dates left! On Saturday 14th March, 11am to 3pm we will be at the Tolmen Centre, Constantine and then we will be at our AGM on Saturday March 28th from 6pm, with refreshments.
We have had a really good time so far, met lots of new people found out a great deal about how people use the river and how they feel about water quality. Had some terrific stories about times past!
Please come along and contribute! All Welcome.
VMCA SHORESEARCH WEEK
Here are details of the VMCA’s Shoresearch week run by Matt Slater Cornwall Wildlife Trust, a great opportunity to take part in what is now an annual survey using a replicated scientific approach. You will notice that our Prisk Cove survey is on Thursday 11th at 12 noon, it will be lovely to see you down there but also please try some of the other VMCA’s if you have time, it is a good networking opportunity and the shores are all so different, a brilliant learning and knowledge sharing opportunity.
Please book with Matt. I have a Helford water quality working group meeting in the morning but will be down there a little late, with Cake!
8th September at Looe, Hannafore at 10.30
9th at Polzeath, Meet at marine centre at 11.30
10th at fowey, Readymoney Cove meet at 12 noon
11th at Helford, meet on road to Mawnan Church at 12 noon
12th at St Agnes meet at Trevaunance cove at 1pm
All surveys take approx 3 hours.
Please email Matt Slater to book a place. Matt.firstname.lastname@example.org
Warm clothes, water, food, sunscreen, suitable footwear for rockpooling, waterproofs if weather forecast poor
Digital camera if you have one, Enthusiasm!!
The annual Barbecue and Snorkel safari is coming up soon-Saturday 20th September 10am to 12pm last year we had about 35 people for the BBQ and it was a really nice event with quality local sausages and burgers, veggi options, choc brownies and salads, if you haven’t booked do it now, it is a bargain morning out on the beautiful Durgan Beach at £5 each!
Caz and Cat from CWT have the snorkeling under control, we have limited numbers for the safari so if you want to go for a snorkel with them book ASAP as they have only a few spaces left.
We need some help with the Barbecue, if anyone would like to volunteer to make salads, man the BBQ, help with fetching and carrying and any other jobs we need doing then I promise you will be well fed!
Practical Volunteers Meeting
Helford Marine Conservation Group
Practical Volunteers Meeting
5th July 2014-11am -1pm
Black Swan, Gweek
Help with Crabs and Critters Sunday 13th July
Monday 14th July Survey 12:30 Porth Saxon
Freshwater abiotic monitoring TBA
Shore Search Week 8th to the 12th September
Helford Land and River Project Roadshow
And anything else we can think of to discuss!
Helford Display Board for Your House or Garden?
You can have your own display board for a small donation, contact coordinator for details.
Palm Oil Warning
There has been a report of palm oil down on the beach below Nansidwell and also over on Prisk cove. Dog walkers make sure your dogs are not able to access this as it can be fatal if consumed. If your dog does eat some then take it to your vet.
Download AGM agenda 2014
Sunday 16th March saw a group of us down on the beach at Prisk, with scientific adviser Angie Gall to have our first ‘teach on the beach’ session to improve our identification skills ready for the summer season. We concentrated on Seaweeds this time, gathering a good selection of species to take back with us to identify and press. There will be more of these sessions to come so keep an eye on our Practical Volunteers tab under Events for more.
New Board Installed at Durgan!
David Thomson and Charles Richardson have installed one of the New Interpretation Boards at Durgan, immediately creating interest as you can see from the photo.
HVMCA Information Boards
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area in 2013 we are replacing the old HMVCA boards around the river. There are currently 11 of these boards at key access points on both sides of the river. This is the new style of board, designed by Sarah McCartney at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and incorporates special features of the river-above the water, between the tides and below the water. We are hoping to fund all the new boards from sponsorship and are most grateful to several local companies who have agreed to do this. However, we do need more and would invite anyone who is interested in sponsoring one or more boards to contact us for details. The name of the sponsor would appear on their board.
Good Friday Trigging
Friday 29th March 2013 – if you would like to watch this traditional family activity and provide useful data at the same time then download a copy of the form here Observation Trigging_2013