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Badger rescue by Koru Kayaking

By | Kayaking News

A young badger who had slipped down the cliffs and was drowning in the sea during a North Coast Kayak Adventure today, around 5pm on Tuesday 24th July.

The group were kayaking towards Newdown Head, on the St Agnes Coastline, when one of the customers noticed a badger on one of the ledges of the cliff by the waters edge. The badger had obviously fallen off the cliff and scrambled onto a ledge near the waters edge.

Badger slipped on the cliffs and was stranded, St Agnes Coastline

After a failed attempt to remove the badger from the ledge a large set of waves hit the ledge and took the badger into the water. Tom immediately kayaked up to the badger and grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and nervously put it between his legs on his kayak.

Badger rescued on Koru Kayak Adventure

 

 

 

 

 

 

The badger was paddled to Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes RNLI lifeguards where notified and arranged for St Clements Vets to check it’s wellbeing.

Badger rests his weary head on Tom the guides leg as he is paddled back to safety

 

The customers were delighted we had managed to save this animal.

Koru Kayaking’s Tom Wildblood said “I was gobsmacked seeing a badger in the water when we were expecting to see seals! However, I was delighted to be able to save the life of the young badger.”

I was slightly nervous having a badger between my legs, but the badger was in shock and shivering nuzzling up to my leg and seemed to be good health when it reached dry land.”

Pictured below the badger has made a full recovery.

Badger recovered at St Clements Vets

Sunfish spotted

By | Kayaking News

First sunfish spotted of the year on our North Coast Kayak Adventure this morning kayaking towards Cligga! Sunfish as incredible creatures. Described by Cornwall Wildlife Trust  as the heaviest bony fish in the sea, they state it sometimes turns up in British waters after storms out at sea.

Sunfish spotted on the St Agnes Coastline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunfish spotted on a Koru kayak Adventure, St Agnes Coastline

Sunfish spotted on the St Agnes Coastline

 

Sunfish are long and flat and grey in colour and consume jellyfish, salps, squid, crustaceans, small fish, fish larvae, and eel grass. We are yet to see  Sunfish over at eel grass on the Helford River yet on on Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures, nor our Helford River Cruises. Our only sightings being our North Coast Kayak Adventures.

However, the diverse range of food it consumes indicates that the sunfish feeds at many levels, from the surface to deep water! With more than 40 species of parasites on their skin and internally! They will bask on their sides.

Ocean sunfish often swim near the surface, and their protruding dorsal fins are sometimes mistaken for sharks! However, sunfish swing their find in a sculling motions, whereas Sharks swim by moving the tail sideways while keeping the dorsal (central) fin stationary.

Come and see for yourself on our North Coast Kayak Adventures.

Wild Singing on Koru Kayak on Frenchman’s Creek!

By | Events, Kayaking News

Early Bird tickets are on sale for our very first Wild Singing Workshop on a Koru Kayak!

Koru Kayaking have teamed up with local singing coach and singer Janice M.

Janice M, Wild Singing Workshop

No need to any previous experience in singing or kayaking. This is purely for fun and enjoyment.

Spaces are limited on our Wild Singing Workshop on 3 Sep so book early to avoid disappointment.

Join Janice M and Koru Kayaking for a special singing experience in kayaks on the beautiful Helford estuary.

Kayaking to stunning locations that would otherwise be inaccessible, participants will sing on the tranquil waters of the Helford and at the water’s edge. Participants will paddle to beautiful spots such as Frenchmans Creek, seeing wildlife along the way. Singing in these unique acoustic environments combined with stunning scenery will make for a truly memorable event.

Kayaking along Frenchman’s Creek on a sunny Bank Holiday!

During the workshop you will quickly learn simple melodies and harmonies of beautiful songs in a friendly, group atmosphere. Guided by singer and vocal coach, Janice M, participants will sing a cappella whilst being inspired by nature, creating an unforgettable shared experience. Koru Kayaking will safely guide the group on kayaks as well as provide valuable insights to wildlife on and around the estuary.

The Wild Singing Workshop Kayak will include fun engaging warm-ups through to good vocal techniques, which you can apply long after leaving the event. It is an experience for singers of all abilities, including complete beginners, and will be taught by ear with no experience of reading music necessary. Your song lyrics will be provided on beautiful bespoke designed postcards for you to keep. Wild Singing is all about being inspired by the great outdoors and feeling good.

The workshop includes lunch where participants can enjoy a hearty Chickpea & Vegetable Stew with steamed cous cous and fresh coriander served by Budock Vean Hotel. Participants are welcome to relax and wander round the hotel gardens after the workshop.

Born in Cumbria and residing in Cornwall for the last ten years, Janice M has performed for private and public events and in venues all over the Southwest. From jazz to soul, folk to gospel, she fuses a range of genres in her own inimitable vocal style.

Alongside singing in Cornwall-based band The Grace Notes, Janice M is a vocal coach and works regularly with various community groups. Janice M has ran her Wild Singing Workshops at Port Eliot Festival, Enys Gardens, Trebah Garden and Potager Garden. This is the first time she is taking her workshop onto the water.

Koru Kayaking are award-winning kayaking tour guides, hold 5 star tripadvisor reviews and have been featured in national press, including most recently in The Telegraph Travel.

Budock Vean Hotel is a 4-star hotel and spa, holds Visit England tourism awards as well as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The hotel has it’s own private beach with access to the Helford estuary and is renowned for it’s excellent dining experience and views of the Helford.

Timings for the day are:
8.45am: Meet at the Budock Vean Hotel (go to reception)
9am: We will walk down through the gardens to the beach
9.15am-10am: Vocal warm-ups by the shore, change into wetsuit/buoyancy aid, safety briefing from Koru Kayaking
10am-12 noon: Kayaking and singing on the water
12-1pm: Change and walk back up to hotel
1pm-2pm: Lunch of a tasty Chickpea & Vegetable Stew with Steamed Cous Cous and Coriander on the hotel sun terrace or in one of the hotel lounges followed by an optional relax or wander in the hotel gardens

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Places are limited so do book early!
Early Bird Tickets £74 (available until 31 July 2018)
General Tickets £80

Tickets include: Singing Workshop including warm ups at the water’s edge, two hours kayaking on the water with award-winning Koru Kayaking, safety briefing, buoyancy aid, bottle of water during kayaking, lunch at Budock Vean Hotel, parking, access to the hotel gardens.

Tickets are non-refundable.
This particular workshop is purely for adults.
Facilities: Free car parking and toilets are available at Budock Vean Hotel. There are also toilet facilities at Koru Kayaking on the waterside.

Participants should wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and uneven ground on walking down around the gardens and paths at Budock Vean Hotel.

Wetsuits can be hired from Koru Kayaking for £5 per person.

See more about Budock Vean Hotel on www.budockvean.co.uk

See more about Koru Kayaking on www.korukayaking.co.uk

See more about Janice M on www.janicem.com

BUY TICKETS HERE!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-singing-workshop-kayak-adult-with-janice-m-helford-estuary-tickets-46569810557

 

 

May Bank Holiday a tale of two coasts

By | Kayaking News

What a scorcher this May Bank Holiday, but not for everyone! Whilst the South coast was basking in sunshine the North Coast was cloaked in sea mist! Pictured below all set for kayaking on both coasts with very different weather, yet just over half an hour apart!

Beautiful misty Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

South coast basking in sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayaking along the St Agnes Coastline on a North Coast Kayak Adventure in the sea mist gave the tours a magical feel, just sound of the sea and echoes of our voices as we entered the mist free caves and archways carved out in the Cornish Mining era. This coastline is a World Heritage Site.

 

A magical air as we kayak along the misty St Agnes Coastline, Cornwall

Kayaking through archways carved of Polberro Mine, St Agnes Coastline

Kayaking into sea caves, St Agnes Coastline, Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, on the south coast of Cornwall our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures along the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek from Budock Vean Hotel were basking in sunshine! Some of our customers got so hot they enjoyed a wild swim off Wytham Quay, Frenchman’s Creek. This is the quay where we believe Daphne du Maurier moored up on her honeymoon! Daphne due Maurier wrote a novel with the same name ‘Frenchman’s Cree.’ I wonder she and her husband enjoyed a spot of wild swimming in the creek during their visit?

 

Kayaking along Frenchman’s Creek on a sunny Bank Holiday!

 

Wild Swimming on a Koru Kayak Adventure, Frenchman’s Creek, Cornwall

Kayaking under ancient oak trees, Frenchman’s Creek, Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone for joining us on our adventures. We wonder what the next May Bank Holiday will bring us? Want to book your space?

 

 

Koru do litter pick on Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek

By | Kayaking News

The Helford River and creeks are all part of the Helford River Conservation area and so generally very clean with no litter. However, with the recent windy weather we did encounter some surprising things in Frenchman’s Creek today on our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure.

A piece of plastic fencing wedged in the fallen trees, a popular spot for birdlife

The rising tide had brought in some interesting plastic debris into Frenchman’s Creek that had lodged itself on the fallen trees. These trees are a popular habitat for birds. Whilst kayaking along the creek we saw Shelducks, Drakes, Egrets and Swans all whose necks could easily be caught up in the fencing.

Hetty picking up the plastic fencing found on Frenchman’s Creek

 

 

Thankfully Hetty spotted it, picked it up and added it to some other fencing found floating on the creek.

Beth holding the plastic pampers packed floating on Frenchman’s Creek

Beth spotted a plastic pampers wrapper floating on the water surface. A potential hazard for fish and bird life. We picked up and put it in the kayak ready to be put in the bin.

Look at the egrets in the trees

One of the attractions of kayaking on the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek is the amazing wildlife. In the photo above you can see kayakers glancing up at the Little Egrets in the trees. Thankfully we picked up the plastic fencing, which can be seen in the kayak, that otherwise would have been left floating on the creek as a potential hazard to wildlife.

Rachel rolling up the large piece of fencing which had got stick on the fallen branch in Frenchman’s Creek

Pictured above Rachel rolls up a large piece of plastic fencing found on the creek today a potential risk to wildlife who could easily get caught up in it.

 

Swans at the Budock Vean Hotel foreshore

Arriving back after a stunning two hours on the water exploring the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek we are greet by four stunning swans, safer now we have picked up that plastic debris.

Beth and Rachel with all the plastic debris recovered from Frenchman’s Creek, plastic fencing, a rubber glove and plastic wrapper.

Koru Kayaking pick up any plastic debris we see on our North Coast Kayak Adventures from Trevaunance Cove and on our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures as a matter of course during all our tours. It is a shame to find debris in this stunning area of outstanding natural beauty, but hopefully we won’t need to soon.

Koru Kayaking aim to leave no footprint using reusable plastic water bottles and buy good quality equipment which lasts.

Koru Kayaking are supporters of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Surfers Against Sewage.

Kayaking on Frenchman’s Creek, Cornwall in the Spring

By | Kayaking News

February has brought the sunshine back out and Koru Kayaking have been out exploring the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek.

We love it at this time of year as we are the only people out on the water. There are clear views along the Helford out towards the sea and the tranquil sounds of the birds as we glide down Frenchman’s Creek. It’s great to see the shipwreck again too!

Join our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures from the Budock Vean Hotel and you can even borrow a Koru Hat, handmade in Cornwall!

 

Great Barrier Reef – What lies above on Lady Elliot Island

By | Kayaking News, Koru Adventures Abroad

The Great Barrier Reef is an incredible area well known for it’s underwater marine life. However, landing on Lady Elliot Island on the South Great Barrier Reef you couldn’t help but notice the birdlife – what lies above!

In December is it peak nesting season for turns, noddies and shear waters!

Black Noddies nesting,Lady Elliot Island

The noddies build nests in the branches of the vegetation using a mix of fallen leaves and guano! They are unique in their family opting to nest in trees rather than on the ground.

Turn chick nesting on the stairs of a Reef Room, Lady Elliot Island

Which explains why this poor mother, a bridled Turn, was nesting on a stair upto one of the reef rooms! Everytime someone came near her chick (pictured above) she would start strutting and squarking agitatedly! This was one of the highlights of staying on the island the birds were nesting everywhere and so we felt like we were the visitors coming to stay with them!

The Shear waters were another matter entirely! Our final night we moved to an eco cabin (a tent!) and as night fell there hollowing sounds of what we thought was a baby crying. It was the shearwaters communicating with their young. Nocturnal birds who leave their young under burrowed out nests under trees inland whilst heading to the beach to fish! We slept through fine, enjoying the feeling of being at one with nature -ear plugs were provided if required though!

Perhaps passing a nesting Turtle – their’s 3  species of those on the island too!

Lady Elliot Island is Sir David Attenboroughs favourite place on earth, a place he visited 60 years ago and returned recently to film Blue Planet. This island is one of 300 cays on. the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Elliot Island appeared above the sea 3,500 years ago a bear coral reef. It was very quicky discovered by bird life whose guano (bird poo) carrying seeds led to vegetation which in the 1800s was mined!

 

Koru snorkel the Great Barrier Reef!

By | Kayaking News

Described by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place on earth, we weren’t disappointed!

Flying from Bunderberg to Lady Elliot Island in a 10 seater plane the the views were spectacular and it really felt like we were going on a wildlife expedition! Lady Elliot Island, is a tiny 42ha island in the south of the Great Barrier Reef featuring in both BBC One Blue Planet series.

The island is teaming with wildlife from the moment you fly onto the island you can see birds flying around and then as you disembark the plane you can hear the birds too! It’s nesting season and the island is hometo hundreds of Noddies, Turns and Shearwaters. There is a real feeling you are the visitors, as this is a Green Zone, a protected area.

The wildlife underwater is incredible too. Just a step away from the beach is the lagoon where we snorkled with turtles, reef sharks and even spotted a stingray covered in sand.  For the bigger fish we snorkled from the Coral Gardens and Light House Bommies on the other side of the island, just across the runway! We encountered trutles, mantaray, eagle ray,blue spotted rays and even sharks! So many varieties of sharks – leopard, reef, black fin,white fin and the biggest a whaler reef skark – all non man eating I hasten to add!

Such a stunning island and a great reef, here is a snapshot of what we saw whilst snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!

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Captain Bligh’s Mutiny stopoff beach in Tasmania & Dolphins

By | Koru Adventures Abroad

We have been touring Australia and have been thrilled to see both Common and Bottlenose Dolphins off the south coast of Bruny Island, Tasmania whilst cruising in the Southern Sea! (Next stop Antartica!)

Another quite unexpected co-incidence was the connection to Captain Bligh.

Captain William Bligh Captain Bligh’s Mutiny on the Bounty was recently replicated in the Channel 4 series Mutiny. It is amazing to think that in 1788 Bligh arrived right here at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania to refuel “gathering wood from the abundant growth on the foreshore and collecting water from the rivulets which spilled into the bay” (quote from the Bligh Museum, Tasmania), whilst enroute to Tahiti on his fateful journey on the Bounty, where his crew led a Mutiny.

Adventure Bay is a stunning crecent sandy beach, which must have been a welcome relief from the huge swells of the Southern Ocean. (We were given ginger sea sickness tablets and lots of advice before setting out on our Bruny Island Cruise,into the Southern Ocean in search of dolphins and whales!)

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Australia A small museum called ‘Bligh Museum’ on the road alongside Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania is jam packed with pictures, articles, commentary and models illustrating Captain Bligh and fellow explorers visits to the bay.

Captain Tom outside the Bligh Museum, Bruny Island, Tasmania Captain Hetty surveying the beach at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania A picuture in the museum, see below, dispicts a view of Adventure Bay back in the 1700s and a photo of the Bay now. Not much has changed, except the type of boats – today the tall ships have been replaced by the super fast ribs of Bruny Island Cruises.

It must have been quite scarey for locals back in 1788 to see these huge ships arriving in to the bay.

Adventure Bay Bruny Island, Tasmania in 1700s Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania in 2017 Here a drawing illustrates the group of loyal sailors who joined Bligh when his ship the Bounty was under mutiny. They were the lucky ones it seems surviving, whilst many of the muntineers perished through sickness and disease.

Description of the Mutiny on the Bounty in the Bligh Museum, Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, TasmaniaThe Mutiny exhbition at Falmouth Maritime Museum continues until 7 January 2018. You can also follow in Captain Bligh’s footsteps on a Helford River Cruise in Cornwall and who knows we might even get to to see dolphins again!