Welcome to Friends of Par Beach

Join Friends of Par Beach (FoPB) and add your support to our efforts to conserve the beauty, character, accessibility and community use of Par Beach. If you are interested in helping with conservation work, joining guided walks, attending talks or helping to organise these activities and events then please get in touch.

Are you interested in botany, photography, birds or other wildlife, crafts, conservation work or sport such as kite flying and volleyball? Do let us know what you want to be involved with, or if you have any questions. Contact us through our email form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Forthcoming Events - See Events Page for full details

January Work Party
Sunday, 27th January 2019
Venue: Western End - Gate to Orchid Field
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

The January Work Party will consist of clearing brambles and saplings from the orchid field.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish, they will be essential.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring Phil on 01726 817396 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.


Cornwall Coastal Otter Project
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
Venue: Lost Gardens of Heligan
Time: 19:00 hrs
Cost: Free | Donations apprieciated.

Three Bays Wildlife is holding a regional meeting with info/training for the CCOP. 

Friends of Par  Beach are invited.

As spaces will be limited, before sticking it on facebook, we are inviting possible otter surveyors from our local Marine groups.

See the poster here.

 


 

Latest News - See News Page for full details

Biodiversity Walk | Report
16th January 2019

Back in the Summer of 2018 we held a Biodiversity Walk for our and Friends of Luxilian Valley members.

Click here to link to Steve Barber's Dropbox and see a selection of pictures taken on that day. Many thanks Steve.


Merry Christmas
22nd December 2018


Pacific Oyster 2 | Report
27th November 2018

Following a particularly wet and windy morning the weather became much kinder by 13:00 hrs when we gathered at our Beach Hut to conduct our second Pacific oyster survey. With Matt Slater of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Shoresearch we were joined by three additionl members of FoPB, besides myself and our chair, Richard, plus three members of the Thee Bay Wildlife group.

Once again we conducted our survey along the man-made rock and boulder groynes at the Western end of the beach where Par river joins the bay. This time we worked along the wider of the two groynes, which worked well with the additional manpower, and one womanpower, we had. We reached a total of 1700 Pacific oysters, along its length, after two hours work.


September Work Party | Report
30th September 2018

Our first 2018-19 Work Party was to prepare for important work to be done by Cornwall Council to improve the concrete path opposite Park Leisure that leads to the seat on the dunes overlooking the bay. The plan was to widen the path so that wheelchairs may use it more easily and to create a passing bay. In addition we tackled the clearing of gorse and other invasive species to improve the view from the seat.


Pacific Oyster | Report
25th September 2018

The weather was kind on Tuesday, 25th September when Matt Slater of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Shoresearch came to Par Beach and taught us how to survey an invasive species, the Pacific oyster. This non native has been becoming increasingly common all around Cornwall and a new project has been set up to Monitor its spread and where necessary control its numbers.


WE NEED YOUR HELP
22nd September 2018

We have been shortlisted for an award from Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving and need your help to win one of the 165 awards being made this year. Details of our bid can be found at...


AGM | Report
13th September 2018

Friends recently held their 9th AGM on Thursday, 13th September 2018. Yet another year has flown past! Held as usual at The Gott Hall in Par the event attracted a reasonable 29 people to hear reports given by the Chair, Richard Parks and Treasurer, Mike Freemantle.


Ranger Work Party | Report
5th September 2018

A small team from Friends of Par Beach joined forces with our Ranger, Jenny Heskett, and her small team with the aim of repairing the damaged picnic benches in the picnic area adjacent to the main car park. Having successfully replaced and repaired the timbers of the two wooden picnic benches lets hope people are not so thoughtless as to use the table tops for their hot barbeques in future!

  


Bat Walk | Report
25th August 2018

Fifty people, including a number of family groups, and two dogs attended the Bat Walk presented by Dr Carol Williams of the Bat Conservation Trust. It was a sunny evening with a cool wind so hopes were high of a good turnout which proved to be the case for both people and bats.


Environment Agency Notification
9th August 2018

Environment Agency (EA) Notification

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE –  Par Beach Duck Pond, Par Sands

I would like to confirm that the sample taken on _09/08/2018 from _Par Duck Pond for algal analysis …

 *    had a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)  

 The sample was taken from the lee shore where the algae would probably be at their highest concentration. This is not necessarily representative of conditions in the whole water body. You are recommended to make regular inspections to check for scum formation.

 Many waters are susceptible to problems with blue-green algae, typically between June and November. Once algal numbers are high, the bloom is likely to persist throughout the season, declining only at the onset of winter weather conditions.

 You are encouraged to take whatever steps you consider necessary to inform users of your water of these statements. If you need further advice on health matters, you should contact your local Environmental Health Officer



Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
PL24 Community Association, Tesco,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Tesco PL24 Community Association