Fal & Helford

The Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is part of a network of European designations set up to protect biodiversity.


Fal & Helford Wildlife

Cornwall's warm climate and diverse marine life is all due to the Gulf Stream.

It brings warm water flowing from the South up through the Atlantic Ocean past Cornwall, which then mixes with cooler Northern waters.

This means that Cornwall supports many species, both on land and sea, which are at the edge of their climatic ranges, making Cornwall's waters amongst some of the richest marine habitats in the world.

The underwater topography (reefs and drop-offs) is extremely varied around the coastline.

The tidal flow through the peaks and troughs of the sea bed, and sometimes stormy conditions, allow good up-welling and mixing of the water layers.

This brings nutrients to the surface, which in turn supports a rich web of species and attracts an abundance of marine wildlife.


Often seen basking on rocks around the river.

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21 species of sharks swim in the UK waters.

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Harbour Porpoise

We see a variety of Cetacean species on our Sea Safaris.

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Common Dolphin

Common Dolphins often come out to play.

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These little birds are a regular sight for us.

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Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphins often play around the bay.

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Often found basking on the waters surface.

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Risso Dolphin

Rarely seen, but a treat when they are.

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Huge birds that fly so effortlessly.

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Peregrine Falcons

Often seen patrolling the skies of Cornwall.

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Striking birds with a black smudge around the eyes.

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Cormorants & Shags in Cornwall.

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