Birding


When you head West from The Helford, you meet Lizard Head, a point that Sticks out into the Channel and the Southernmost point in mainland UK. The Lizard creates a bottleneck for birds heading up or down the channel and consequently it is as good a spot to see as wide a variety of seabirds as you could hope to find.

 


We have run a number of specialist Private Charters for keen Birders, looking for the rarer offshore seabirds, with great success. We regularly see storm petrels, Great Skuas, Shearwaters (Manx, Ballearic and a Great Shearwater), Kittiwakes, Gannets, Gillemots and numerous other more common species. Because we attract the birds in, using the same sorts of ground baits as when we go sharking, not only do we get to see the birds, we get to see them close-up. We have had Storm Petrels hovering 5 metres from the boat and Fulmars and Shearwaters that you could virtually hand-feed. Even the more common species are fantastic to see at close range and the photographs come out beautifully.

 

Dan has become pretty keen on his bird-spotting of late so you can expect a lot of enthusiasm on the subject as well as a keen pair or eyes.

 

 

We get plenty of nice sightings of visiting birds from late June onwards but have great winter populations of Gillemots and Razorbills amongst other species.

 

Whilst Birding, we will often see Dolphins and Porpoises and even the odd pod of Pilot Whales. We often also run a couple of Shark-baits out just for the hell of it so you get a bit of a three for one if things go well!

Why Are We The Best?

If we are not the best charter outfit around, we want to know why!

Unlike some ports, Helford Village and Helford Passage don't have a huge amount of passing trade so we have to be good. We have great fishing and very sheltered waters meaning we get out more than most boats in Cornwall and fish in very good conditions only.

We think the reason people come back time and time again is not because we always fill the boat with enormous fish, but because of the way we run the boat and the business.

  • All bookings are confirmed in writing and can be receipted
  • We don't promise trips that we can't fulfill only to cancel in the morning we were supposed to go
  • We almost always call the weather the night before
  • We return ALL calls and emails promptly, whether we can help or not
  • We never short change anyone on time
  • Gear losses and fuel burned always come second to catching fish and having a good day
  • We take the business seriously but the fishing is always relaxed

"We can't control the fish or the weather but we can do our best to get the rest right"