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Par Tide Timetable from the BBC

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know: There are links to many interesting wildlife websites on this page.
BEACH INCIDENT ADVICE

Stung by Jellyfish? Found a carcass? In need of assistance?

Beach postcode:
PL24 2AS

O/S grid reference:
088533

Wildlife

We are keen to preserve the habitat of Par Beach to attract all manner of birds, bugs, butterflies and mammals

Come see what you can find

Leisure activities

As members we hold social events throughout most of the year such as:
 
Bird watch, Bat talk & walk, Wildlife walk, Quiz Nights, to name a few. Why not join us?
 

Members' Photograph

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Learn all about Par Beach in the links below.

WILDLIFE &
FAUNA
Want to learn more about the plants, birds and other creatures you will find in the area?
Visit this page and its website links for identification.
 
BEACH
  HISTORY  
Find out what is known about the beach's past such as its shipwreck and the people that lived and worked the area.
Read what was found at Little Hell and a few photo's of the area taken around 1930's.
BEACH
GEOGRAPHY
Discover the beach geography including its sands dunes which, somewhat unusually, are growing.
Read about the former model boating lake and The Saint's Way pilgrim route. Plus other iinteresting facts for you to explore.
 
TIME & TIDE
BELL
This is an important National Community Art project.
We have been asked to take over as lead group for this site - the only one planned for the whole of Cornwall.
BEACH
FACILITIES
Information about free parking, seating and toilet facilities.
Plus, we have details about the footpaths and public rights of way and lots more.
INTERNET
LINKS
A compliation of local, regional and national links to websites having similar interests as those of Friends of Par Beach.
Please Note: We are not responsible for the content of websites we have linked.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know: We are have installed an Interpretation board at the bird lake.

WHO WE ARE
 
 
Find out how we were formed and why. Read about our stated aims and read about the committee members and their respective roles.
COME JOIN US
 
 
Join us to add your support to our efforts to conserve the beauty, character assessibility and community use of Par Beach.
MEMBER'S
PHOTO'S
 
Visit our members' photo galleries including various projects, work parties and social events including our Beach Art Comeptition and so much more!.
 
PDF
DOCUMENT
DOWNLOADS
Historical documents and posters you can freely download. Also available are our constitution and policy documents.
 

Car Parking for 300 vehicles.

Free between 1 Nov - 31 March

Low cost at other times

Restroom facilities

with easy access

Bench seating at various locations donated by FoPB fund raisers and Cornwall Council

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27
Jun

NEWS: G7 Legacy comes to Par Beach 

Below is the Press Release today by the G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery.

We have highlighted, in blue, the sentence applicable to Par Sands.


G7 conference one year on: 26 ways Cornwall is being made greener, cleaner and better

  • G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery has delivered 26 projects in the first year to improve Cornwall for people, wildlife and address environmental crises like climate and water quality.
  • The legacy project is now entering its second year and will continue developing mid- and long-term projects as well as creating new ones ranging from a survey of blue carbon sources to creating green spaces.
  • Successes include habitat creation for at-risk species, better access for people to nature, new jobs and new green areas.

Cornwall has seen 26 green projects - all aimed at tackling the county's declining biodiversity and restoring its natural environment - delivered in the last year since it hosted the G7 conference.

The first year of the five-year G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery ends in June 2022 and funding has been secured for more exciting new projects and to progress the ambition of Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and other partners to continue transforming Cornwall.

The G7 Legacy Project is about reconnecting habitats and ecosystems throughout mid-Cornwall, conserving and even reintroducing rare species, while improving water quality and capturing carbon.

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said: "The delivery of 26 projects to boost nature recovery across Cornwall is a fitting legacy of our G7 presidency."

"We have already improved access to green spaces at Woodland Valley Farm and restored habitats for rare species at Goss Moor. In the next year, Cornwall will continue to lead the way in supporting nature with projects including the restoration of woodland and tackling invasive species."

Projects vary wildly in scope but each has the common theme of improving a location in Cornwall, ranging from a few square feet to thousands of hectares. Highlights include:

  • Imerys, which extracts China clay from the ground and has 10,000 acres of land within Cornwall, has recovered acid grassland, improved and restored rare heathland areas and introduced conservation grazing. Habitat creation and nature recovery continues into year two.
  • Better access to nature for all including wheelchair users at Woodland Valley Farm where a boardwalk made of recyclables allows viewing of the Cornwall Beaver Project. Beavers were released here five years ago, the first in Cornwall for over 400 years.
  • The Marsh Fritillary butterfly was once widespread in Britain and Ireland. Now it is threatened, not only in the UK but across Europe. Improvements have been made to Luxulyan Valley, Molinnis nature reserve and SSSI that will also benefit the endangered Willow Tit.

Wesley Smyth, Area Manager of Natural England, said: "The G7 conference was an ambitious event so it is only right that the legacy be equally ambitious and create a lasting legacy for Cornwall.

"The variety of projects means there is something for everyone, from investing in people like apprentices to advisors, investing in better access to nature through improved nature trails and car parks to investing in recovery and habitat recreation to bring vulnerable species back from the brink."

The legacy project is now entering its second year and will continue developing mid- and long-term projects as well as creating new ones like:

  • Restoring 6.5ha as part of the Bokiddick wet woodland restoration scheme by connecting a stream to the floodplain plus repairing a 1km trail upstream of the Luxulyan Valley.
  • Improving access and management of invasive species at Par Sands with Cornwall Council.
  • Carrying out baseline surveys to check the status of blue carbon sources like seagrass, algae and other underwater plants.

The G7 Legacy Project is also one of Natural England's Nature Recovery Projects which deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and wellbeing.

Transforming 10,000ha of land under the G7 Legacy Project will see 440,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide captured as well as improvements to water quality and reduced flood risk. Ultimately, the project ambition is to see more than 21,000 hectares of land regenerated for nature in mid-Cornwall

Natural England

  • Natural England is a non-departmental public body, set up under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006, and is the government's statutory adviser for the natural environment in England.
  • Natural England plays a key role in delivering the government's environmental priorities, including the 25 Year Environment Plan. Its general purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust 

  • Cornwall Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK.
  • With the invaluable support of our volunteers, members and corporate supporters we manage over 50 nature reserves, including an island for wildlife and people in Cornwall.
  • We also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live.

The G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery

The G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery is expected to take five years to complete depending on future funding and will contribute to the UK's target to legally protect and improve 30% of land for nature by 2030.

Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Defra in partnership with others are aiming for the G7LPNR to deliver a lasting legacy for nature and people by:

  • Restoring land through nature recovery and recreating scarce habitats through sustainable farming. Natural regeneration will be used to create scrub and woodland communities; scarce habitats such as heathland and wetland will be created, as well as the development of meadows and pasture, and the restoration of peat mires in the River Fal headwaters.
  • Providing opportunities to reintroduce lost species and improving resilience for key species including dormice, marsh fritillary butterflies, and willow tit.
  • Sequestrating approx. 440,000 tonnes of CO2 through forest growth and wetland restoration, including peat habitats, improved soil condition and the recovery of marine blue carbon habitats.
  • Improving water quality, encouraging fish diversity and abundance, and reducing flood peaks to reduce downstream flooding.
  • Improving access to green space and green social prescribing so people across the county can enjoy the wellbeing benefits of contact with nature.
  • To enable transformation at this scale, the programme will employ skilled staff, develop a green jobs apprenticeship scheme and involve extensive community engagement to kickstart the development of nature's recovery in Cornwall.

For more including a summary of all the projects delivered so far see G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery | Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Nature Recovery Projects in England

The other nature recovery project areas include:

  • The Somerset Wetlands - the largest of the projects, which includes the new super National Nature Reserve, will enhance nature recovery across 60,000 hectares through habitat creation and investing in strategic solutions that make the wetlands more sustainable and the landscape more resilient to climate change.
  • Purple Horizons, Walsall - extending across 10,000 hectares on the fringes of the West Midlands conurbation, Purple Horizons is restoring and connecting fragmented nationally and internationally important heathlands to create a mosaic of heathland-wetland-woodland-grassland, vital for the recovery and long-term resilience of the area's reptiles, birds and pollinators.
  • Cambridge Nature Network, Cambridgeshire - covering 9,200 in and around the City of Cambridge, linking the inner city to rural countryside across a range of priority habitats and landscapes including chalk grassland, fenlands and ancient woodlands.
  • Wye Valley, Peak District - covering 10,000 hectares, the project is conducting pioneering investigations on how an investment model can be created to generate funding for habitat restoration and creation, providing multiple nature recovery benefits.
  • Wendling Beck, Norfolk - the Wendling Partnership has come together to embark on an ambitious and inspiring nature restoration project linking initiatives around the Upper River Wensum and 10,000 hectares in the surrounding farmed countryside of mid-Norfolk.


25
Jun

NEWS: Interpretation Board  

We are pleased to announce that the standing area in front of our first interpretation board by the Bird Lake has been improved and tidied up so that it no longer collects water following a spell of rain.

We are grateful to Park Leisure and their team who provided the materials and undertook the work involved.




12
May

NEWS: Volunteers 

Dear Friends of Par Beach member


We are looking for people to get involved as volunteers and help us record the wildlife found on the beach and rocky promontories of Par (think rock pooling for adults).

We aim to create a team of volunteers to help us carry out surveys in the future.

To help us train you, Cornwall Wildlife Trust are running a free training event on Spit Beach near Par on Saturday 21st May.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email contact@parbeach.com for more information. It would be great to get more members actively involved so if you are interested but cant make the training day on 21st, do get in touch anyway.





02
Aug

EVENT: G7 Task Day (16 Aug 22) 

G7 Task Day

(G7 Legacy Project for Nature Recovery)

  

Tuesday 16th August 2022

09.30 to 14.30 hrs

Management of Invasive Species

 

Come whenever it suits and stay as long as you like.

Come find us in the Orchid Field or Western End of the beach.

  

We have identified a numbers of invasive plant species in the Orchid Field and Secondary Dunes that need to be controlled, including poplar seedings, some shrubs and crocosmia. The more of these we can dig out the better the field and dunes with thrive.

 

 Please wear sensible footwear.

We have various digging tools but feel free to bring your own.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES

 

Bring your own refreshments or visit Par Beach Cafe.

 

Working hard for Par Beach and the Environment



02
Aug

EVENT: Bat Talk and Walk (27 Aug 22) 

Bat Talk and Walk

 

Saturday 27th August 2022
20.00 hrs (8.00pm) - 22.00 hrs (10.00pm)
 
Friends of Par Beach is delighted to invite you to the return of our very popular Bat Talk and Walk with Dr Carol Williams, a leading bat expert. Come and see, and hear, the different species of bats that feed around Par Beach and Local Nature Reserve area and find out more about these often misunderstood little creatures.

Some Bat detectors will be available but if you have access to one please bring it along with you.

This is a family event, under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Meet:     At the FoPB Beach Hut opposite Par Beach Cafe.

 
Cost:     Free to FoPB members and children 12 and under.
Non-members 4.00 pounds per adult and 2 pounds per child 13 and over. 
(Join on the day! Annual membership is 5.00 pounds for an individual, 8.00 pounds for a couple/family).
 
Working hard for Par Beach and the Environment.


25
Jul

EVENT: Work Party (August 2022) 

WORK PARTY

 Sunday 28th August 2022 

10.30 to 12.30 hrs

 

Management of Invasive Species

 

Meet at the FoPB Beach Hut

  

We have identified a numbers of invasive plant species in the secondary dunes that need to be controlled, including sea buckthorn and rosa rogosa. The more of these we can dig out the better the dunes with thrive.

 

 Please wear sensible footwear.

We have various digging tools but feel free to bring your own.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES

 

Refreshments will be available

 

Working hard for Par Beach and the Environment



Friends of Par Beach is supported by PL24 Community Association, Tesco, CO OP, Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park, and Cornwall Council Community Grant