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

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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

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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!

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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

See out YouTube video on KoruAdventures

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!