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Great Barrier Reef – What lies above on Lady Elliot Island

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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!

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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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Kayaking on The Great Ocean Road, Australia

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Kayaking on the Great Ocean Road offers both sea kayaking and river kayaking.

Travelling from Melbourne we started the Great Ocean Road in Torquay, opting to stay in Anglesey, where kayagoroos roam the local golf course! Our first glimpse of the amazing wildlife we were about to encounter!

Kangroos on the golf course, Angelsey, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Kayaking in Anglesea marshes

We were delighted to find kayaks for hire along the outback rivers in Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire. Tranquil waters were meanered along the river banks of grasses and were delighted to spot a marsh hen rustling in the grass.

Marsh Hen in the grasses, Kayaking Great Ocean Road, Australia

Further along the waterways a more familiar encounter, cormorants, like we see on our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures in Cornwall.

Cormorants inthe marshes, Anglesey, Great Ocean Road, Australia

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Kayaking in the sea with Australian fur seals

A short drive along the Great Ocean Road and you reach the Otways and the stunning Apollo Bay.

Just before we reached it we did spot our first wild Koala enroute!

“Helpful, Knowledgeable and Great Service” Koru recieves award at Cornwall Tourism Award 2017/8

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Koru Kayaking were awarded Bronze at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2017/8 in the Guided Tours category.

Described by judges as “Helpful, Knowledgeable and Great Service.”

Left to Right: Helen Glover OBE, Sue Bradbury (SBPR), Hetty Wildblood (Koru Kayaking), Tom Wildblood (Koru Kayaking)

The awards ceremony was held at Headland Hotel on Thursday 2nd November.

The Headland Hotel, Newquay

Tom Wildblood, Koru Kayaking said: “We are so happy to win this award and feel privileged to work in such a beautiful county which show cases itself.”

Tom Wildblood, Hetty Wildblood, Daisy Gates some of the Koru team

“We have a great team at Koru Kayaking and lovely customers. We also live in a great community in St Agnes and are thankful to all have supported our business there and at the Budock Vean, Helford River.”

Koru Kayaking offer 2 hour stunning guided kayak adventures on the North Coast (St Agnes) and Frenchmans creek (Helford River and creeks)!

Hetty Wildblood said: “We love what we do and we love guiding our customers and sharing our knowledge of Cornwalls Stunning coastline discovering Cornwall from a different perspective and are thrilled to win this award.”

Robin Barker, CEO of Services for Tourism, organised the event. He said:

These awards are not about being good.  They are about excellence in what is one of the world’s largest, fastest growing and most innovative industries. To be a winner, in a destination with the standing of Cornwall, is something all winners should take great pride in.”

 

Join us on a Koru kayak adventure this half term!

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Join our stunning guided kayak adventures from Wednesday, kayaking along the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek, with ancient oak forests a blaze of colour and an abundance of wildlife Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures.

There’s so much to see as you glide along the ancient oak lined banks of the infamous Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Marier’s novel of the same name. With shipwrecks, tales of the characters of the creek and an abundance of wildlife to enjoy.

To book your space call 0779 4321 827

We’re finalists in Cornwall Tourism Awards

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Our stunning guided kayak adventures on the North Coast along the St Agnes Coastline and South Coast along the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek, has been selected as a finalist in the Guided Tour of the Year Category in the 2017 Cornwall Tourism Awards.

We always delight in sharing our knowledge of the wildlife, tales of the area and history enhancing our customers experience on our guided kayak tours.

Couples, Groups, Families and individuals have all enjoyed our guided tours that run from February through to November, all enjoying our small group sizes up of upto 8-10 spaces per tour.

This is the first time we have been finalists, in 2016 we were awarded highly commendeded in the Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience Award and Highly Commended in the Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business Award, but were thrilled be finalists this year in the new Guided Tours award, which is what we do!

There were 180 entries from tourism businesses throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this year. Judging is rigourous and includes a three-stage process:an application,mystery visit and final decision forman independent panel.

The winners will be announced on 2 November at The Headland Hotel in Newquay. You can find out more about the awards at www.cornwalltourismawards.org.uk

For media enquiries:
Hetty Wildblood, Koru Kayaking 0794 102 7732

Video: Koru from Above, by Chris Lucas. Kayaking along the St Agnes Coastline.

Autumnal colours kayaking on The Helford

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The evenings are starting to draw in, the leaves starting to turn and the Helford River and it’s creeks become a blaze of colour.

A blaze of colour as the oak trees turn, bright blue skies, Port Navas Creek

Kayaking along in the Autumnal sunshine the skies so blue.

Kayaking along the Helford River with Autumnal blue skies

Fallen trees left to rot make stunning natural art and are enjoyed by an abundance birdlife including the common kingfisher, whose wings are cobalt blue and breast bright orange mimicking the autumnal colours.

Fallen trees, natures art, Frenchman’s Creek

In contrast the Little Egrets perch in trees with their bright white feathers looking like lanterns. Numbers swell at this time of the year and herons can also be seen along this stretch of waterway.

The Helford River was made a conservation are in 1987 and has a herony.

Herons ad Little Egrets

 

The sunsets can be stunning too with bright blue and pink clouds reflecting on the water.

Sunset on The Helford

Koru Kayaking offer Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures into December with the river becomes even more peaceful. Autumn is a fantastic time of year to kayak with wildlife in an abundance, quiet waters and stunning scenery.

Daphne du Maurier’s Honeymoon destination – Frenchman’s Creek

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Frenchman’s Creek is a tranquil ancient oak lined creek off the Helford River.

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Kayaking along the tranquil ancient oak lined Frenchman’s Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

Cornwall was a popular holiday destination for the du Maurier family, they bought a house in Fowey in 1926.

In 1932 Daphne du Maurier married Major ‘Boy’ Browning in the tiny chapel of St Wyllow and spent her honeymoon aboard a motor cruiser on Frenchman’s Creek. Perhaps mooring up on Wytham Quay along the secluded creek.

Wytham Quay, Frenchman’s Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

The ‘Iron Duke’ was owned by Percy ‘Powder’ Thurburn who, like Daphne Du Maurier and her heroine, escaped his London society life.

The Iron Duke, Frenchmans Creek, Helford River, Cornwall

The Helford with it’s sailing boats, history and wildlife makes it such a romantic spot, you can see why Tommy & Daphne honeymooned here!

To book your Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure simply click here to find out availability.

Gift Vouchers available too, valid for 12 months – the perfect memorable wedding gift. Gift vouchers are also valid for our North Coast Kayak Adventures too kayaking along the St Agnes Coastline, Poldark Country!

Explore Poldark Country by Koru Kayak!

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With the third series of Poldark about to go on air at the weekend and another series planned for filming in the Autumn what better way to explore Poldark Country than on a Koru Kayak Adventure!

Koru Kayaking’s 2 hour Stunning Guided North Coast Kayak Adventure from Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes takes you past old mining addets, into caves and through archways carved out in the mining era.

Kayaking into caves, through archways, St Agnes Coastline

Kayaking through the waves at Trevaunance Cove, past the old harbour wall of the bygone mining era – we are in Poldark country. St Agnes itself was once a thriving mining village, Blue Hill Tin Mine in Trevellas is still open today.

The Old Harbour Wall, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Kayaking out of the Cove to the left we kayak into the caves and through the archways of Royal Polberro Mine and towards St Agnes Head, a filming location used in the current series – where Poldark gallops towards Nampara. We have been told our yellow kayaks had to be edited out of the last series so who knows you might even get to see Aidan galloping along the clifftops!

You will see glimmers of neon green copper oxide against the jet black of the iron ore rock as you kayak into the caves and at entrance, shelves carved out have become home to roosting guillimots and razerbills from May to July. Resident grey seals are also regularly spotted along this coastline.

‘The Artists Pallet’, St Agnes Coastline

Kayaking to the right of Trevaunance Cove towards Wheal Prudence Mine and Cligga we pass Trevellas, used as a film location in the first Poldark series in the 1980s.

 

We see waterfalls cascading down the rocks from the mining addets at Chain Locker Beach and Waterfall Bay, kayak through the giant archway, Gadger, and when the swell permits into ‘The Prison’ a walled beach, which has to be seen to be believed and was recently featured on The BBC’s The One Show!

The Prison, a walled beach, St Agnes Coastline

Koru Kayaking’s guides are Cornish Mining Ambassadors and Koru Kayaking supports Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Seal Group and local wildlife groups and so your knowledgeable guides will bring the coastline to life with their informative commentary.

Although not a Poldark film location Koru’s Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure, along the ancient lined river banks of the Helford River and down Frenchman’s Creek, is also worth a visit and has been the main inspiration for Daphne due Maurier’s novel Frenchman’s Creek.

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2 Hour Guided Kayak Adventure, Tandem Sit on Top Kayaks. No prior experience required. A full briefing is given before all our kayak adventures and all equipment supplied.

Capacity: 2- 8 people

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Wildlife Watch: What to look out for this Spring on the Helford River & Creeks

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We have kayaking out along the Helford River and it’s creeks on our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures since mid February and have been delighted to enjoy some wonderful wildlife sightings and perhaps the most special moment was mooring up at the end of Frenchman’s Creek by the Iron Duke wreck and seeing the leaves burst out of the buds on the trees over Easter weekend.

Spring has sprung, the river is coming to life with wildlife.

Herons

Earlier in the year the herons could be spotted perched in the branches of the ancient oak trees along Frenchman’s Creek, but more recently they have be scarce. Yet kayak along Polwheveral Creek on our low tide tour and you can hear the familiar squarks of the prehistoric looking birds. They are nesting high up in the ancient oaks trees in the heronry.

Herons nesting, Polwheveral Creek Herony, Cornwall

Egrets

The egrets  have swelled in numbers this year too with Little Egrets and Cattle Egrets being sighted. The cattle egrets are slightly smaller and rarer than Little Egrets and often spend time by cattle. Until recently the fields along Frenchman’s Creek have been filled with cattle and cattle egrets.

Meanwhile the Little Egret is a small white heron with white feathers, black legs, black beak and yellow feet. It only appeared in the UK in 1989 and was bred in Dorset in 1996. Often thought of as an African bird, it is now a regular find on the Helford River and creeks for breeding and winter visits.

Herons and Little Egrets, Helford River, Cornwall

Buzzards

We just love seeing this birds soaring high up above the tree tops looking for their next prey. They are around all year, but they soar, display and call most in Spring!

Buzzard in flight, Helford River, Cornwall

 

Shellduck

There have been several sighting of Shelducks this Spring. Their black and white markings and bright red beaks make them look like large oyster catchers! They are ducks though, bigger than a mallard, but smaller than a goose. Numbers swell in Spring and they certainly have swelled on the Helford this year!

To join our Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventures simply contact us to book your adventure!

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Happy wildlife spotting! Am hopeful we will spot a seal or dolphin again in May, watch this space!