Helford River Wildlife Watch – June

At long last summer really feels like it is on its way. The trees are in full bloom bright green leaves on the ancient oak trees are 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:

Herons

Herons in the trees, Heronry, Polwheveral Creek - Koru Kayaking & Helford River Cruises low res

Heronry, Polwheveral Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

There is a 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 Egrets

Egret flying along Frenchman's Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

Egret flying along Frenchman’s Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

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 warmer weather more can be sighted on the banks and in the trees along Port Navas and Frenchman’s Creek.

Cormorants

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

Cormorant on buoy, Helford River, Cornwall

Cormorants jet black oily wings can be seen stretching their wings and drying them whilst perching on buoys before they drive down again to catch fish. Fun to watch these amazing birds who can swim to depths of 45 metres! A fun sight to see them dive under the water and watch where they pop up again.

Cuttlefish & Mussels

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

Cuttlefish and Mussels on the banks of the Helford River

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 in colonies making lovely blue / black clumps – safe for another year as old folklore states that can only be picked on Good Friday!

There are also a growing number of cuttlefish, in between the mussels, that are proving very popular with the Herring Gulls.

Ducklings:

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

Kestrels

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

Kestrel flying over the Helford River & Creeks

An all year round treat, but they can be seen 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!

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. Here is some video footage  https://youtu.be/_Ku7TaaFHog

Dolphins, Helford River Cruises, Helford River, Cornwall

Risso Dolphins, Helford River, taken by our customer Peter Skeggs

 

Happy Wildlife watching in June!

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

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

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. Must book in advance.