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Helford River Wildwatch: June

May 27, 2016 No Comments

Helford River Wildwatch: June with Hetty Wildblood,

Koru Kayaking & Helford River Cruises (business supporters of Cornwall Wildlife Trust)

 

At long last summer really feels like it is on its way. The trees are in full bloom bright green ancient brightening up the banks of the Helford River and creeks. The wildlife is blooming too here’s what to look out for on the Helford River and Creeks in June:

Heron, Polwheveral Creek - Koru Kayaking & Helford River Cruises

Herons:

The heron colony on Polwheveral Creek. Herons sit up in the tree tops of Merthwn Woods, just before Polpenwith Creek, scrawking at eachother as they fly between the branches. They can also been seen on the ancient oak tree lined banks of Frenchman’s Creek made infamous by Daphne du Marier’s novel of the same name.

Little Egret on the banks of Frenchman's Creek - Koru Kayaking

Egrets:

Little egrets, their bright white feathers so clean despite living on the creeks which become mud flats at low tide have been quite scarce earlier in the year, but with the wamer weather more can be sighted on the banks and in the trees along Port Navas and Frenchman’s Creek.

Cuttlefish and Mussels on the banks of the Helford River - Koru Kayaking

Cuttlefish:

A growing number of cuttlefish, glamped to the mylor slate that form the banks of the Helford River are proving very popular with the Herring Gulls.

 

Mussels:

As the tide ebbs the exposed mylor slate shows the hundreds of fat mussels that line the banks of the Helford River. Completely natural, they grow lovely blue / black clumps, safe for another year as old folklore states that can only be picked on Good Friday!

 

Duckings:

Always lovely sight to see the mallards followed by a long line of their little ducklings a regular sight in June on Frenchman’s Creek

Cormorant on buoy, Helford River - Koru Kayaking & Helford River Cruises

Cormorants:

Their jet black oily wings can be seen stretching their wings and drying them out on the buoys in the river before they drive down again to catch if. Fun to watch these amaing birds who can swim to depths of () and for distances of upto (). A fun sight to see them dive under and watch where they pop up on a Helford River Cruise or Frenchman’s Creek Koru Kayak Adventure.

Kestrel, Helford River & Creeks - Koru Kayaking & Helford River Cruises

Kestrals:

An all year round treat, but they can bee see gracefully gliding over the Helford River and creeks. It is amazing watching nature in action from the water as Kestrals dive down attacking crow’s nests and the crows gather round this majestic bird to protect their young – a real David Attenborough moment!

Dolphin fins, Helford River, Helford River Cruises taken by our customer Peter Skeggs

Dolphins:

Speaking of David Attenborough moments we had a real treat at the end of April when our Helford River Cruise was joined by a pod of frolicking Risso Dolpins in the Helford River just in the bay between Helford and Trebah Gardens.

Happy Wildlife watching in June!

You can follow our wildlife sightings on our social media: facebook, twitter and Instagram

www.helfordrivercruises.co.uk – 1 ½ hour cruises along the Helford River and Creeks – bring your cameras and binoculars! From Budock Vean Hotel, TR11 5LG

www.korukayaking.co.uk – 2 hour Guided Kayak Adventures – Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures from the Budock Vean Hotel, TR11 5LG. North Coast Kayak Adventures from Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes are also available.

Kayaking

July 6, 2015 No Comments

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When we talk about water on the Cornish Holiday Cottages blog, it’s normally the crystal clear waters of our coves or the barrelling variety in our waves. But this time we’re thinking about water in the form of glittering sheets of dark blue and green silk, the reflections of trees peering back upon themselves in the stillness. To find this sort of image you have to look beyond the beach and instead into the creeks, rivers and estuaries – the less explored waterways of Cornwall.

The perfect vehicle for this: the kayak.

Or a canoe, of course. Either way paddling quietly through the water feels close to nature in a way that surfing and boating can’t seem to get you. You can glide quietly through the water, getting close to swans and Little Egrits with minimal disturbance. Once I even found myself paddling alongside a seal, sharing the same course. It hadn’t seen me – but made its thoughts well known once it had, swimming away quickly. But in those few moments I felt connected to the rhythms of the water and the creatures living in it.

When you’re paddling along a river it doesn’t matter if you’ve been there a thousand times before – there’s always something new to see. There’s always something in the river banks that’s changing with the seasons or peeping out. Trees grow and dip their branches into the water and they change colour, reeds ripple and sway in the breeze and old quays hide amongst the growth, changing character in a way that bare coastal cliffs rarely seem to.

I started kayaking to get some exercise, away from the repetitive nature of the gym. And it swiftly grew into a hobby. Even on easy waters, going with the flow of water, you can build strength and flexibility – then there’s the challenge of paddling against all of those things with the wind holding you back as well. And out at sea, you’ve got the choppy waters to battle against too.

Exploration is also a big part of the appeal. There are so many places on the Cornish coast and in its rivers that are only accessible by water. The best part is that once you are there, you have those secluded beaches and sandy shores all to yourself. I’ve spent whole days barbequing, swimming and sunbathing with friends on our own private beach, not a single person in sight. We’ve even camped out because, that’s right, there’s enough space for everything you’d need on the back of a kayak.

That sense of adventure shows you things it’s difficult to see in any other way. There’s nothing quite like being out on the sea with only the sound of water splashing against your paddle as the sun begins to dip behind the land. So if you’re looking for something that’s going to give you a sense of independence and solitude this summer, get yourself out on the water and under your own steam.