Author Archives: Niki

Divine Diving at St Agnes

Underwater seems to have also withstood the storms with just a good scouring of areas of seaweed which is quickly regrowing. Jellyfish are appearing again in huge numbers with large numbers of the enormous barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma octopus). Click here for a Slideshow Leatherback turtles are said to feed on these and there has been … Continue reading »

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Fantastic Seabird and Coastal Flower Walk in June

We had a great turn out for the evening walk in early June with 25 people led by Tamara, Joanna and Chris. We saw great spring cliff flowers including some splendid heath spotted orchids in full flower. All the common breeding seabirds (guillemots, razorbills, shags, and various types of gull) were seen from the path, … Continue reading »

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First dive of 2014 at Bawden Rock

First dive of the year at Bawden Rock at the weekend showed that the site has withstood the winter storms well with all sorts of vibrant marine life. Hydroids and bryozoans were in great shape before their various predators have got to work on them and the other plankton feeders like jewell anemones and deadmens … Continue reading »

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St Agnes Beach Ranger Project

  The Beach Ranger Project is a team of volunteer Rangers who deliver marine information and educate the public  about marine conservation at one of Cornwall’s most biodiverse coves – Trevaunance Cove St Agnes home of St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area. The project is run by the Head Ranger managing a team of Rangers … Continue reading »

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Porthtowan Clean Up Project

We are a community group getting volunteers together to help clean up the beach and raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in the marine environment.   Marine litter is harmful to marine wildlife and birds as they can get tangled in litter or confuse it for food and consume it causing it to … Continue reading »

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St Agnes MCG talk inspires stunning art

St Agnes artist Jo Polack was inspired to create two series of work; ‘What Lies Beneath’ and ‘Its Another World Down There’ after Chris Whitworth’s talk for St Agnes Marine Conservation Group. She says she was ‘blown away by the vibrancy and diversity of life below the waves right here along our coastline’. As the … Continue reading »

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St Agnes recognised for incredible night sky

STAR-gazers and local businesses are celebrating after a site in St Agnes is granted the prestigious dark sky status. The accreditation, which is part of STFC’s Dark Sky Discovery Programme, is given to sites accessible and free enough from light pollution to offer a clear view of the night sky. Positioned far enough away from … Continue reading »

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Rare Blainville’s Whale strands in Cornwall

An incredibly rare Blanville’s whale was found at Kenneggy Beach, near Praa Sands on the 30th December 2013. The 3.8 metre long whale was reported to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network as a porpoise, but when the Network’s volunteer, Syd, went to record theanimal that it was suspected to be something different. The Networks data … Continue reading »

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Recording Wildlife

We record wildlife sighting within and around St Agnes to better the conservation and management of the VMCA   Members of the St Agnes MCG conduct regular seabird surveys along the cliffs, or sea watches for cetaceans from St Agnes head. We also take part with CWT and ERCCIS surveys taking place with in the … Continue reading »

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