Friends of Par Beach
Protecting, promoting and improving Par Beach and Par Sands Local Nature Reserve
We are in our 7th year and have grown in membership, activities and reputation over that time. The Local Nature Reserve is the responsibility of Cornwall Council, which has no money to invest in preserving or protecting it.
FoPB fills that gap and is the eyes and ears of the Council Ranger.
Our volunteers carry out work on the Reserve, usually over the winter. This work is planned with the Ranger and includes managing of invasive species, improving paths, creating glades for butterflies and encouraging growth of more wild flowers in selected areas.
Inevitably keeping the beach clean is a high priority, so we liaise with Clean Cornwall for the two events a year that they have countywide. These usually attract between 60 and 100 volunteers. We also support local schools who want to undertake a beach clean as part of the education of children in conservation and volunteering.
We also run Wildlife Walks, led by volunteer experts, and 'educational' events for families covering a variety of environmental subjects.
We are founder members in Par Beach Management Group set up to get key stakeholders to meet and discuss beach matters.
We have a good working relationship with several departments in Cornwall Council.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
We currently have no physical presence on the site and want to take advantage of an offer by Cornwall Council to have a beach hut at a peppercorn rent.
It's purpose would be to provide information to visitors and locals about what is happening on the Nature Reserve, provide advice and guidance and generally raise the profile of what is available on the site.
Thousands of people visit the site every year, but often just use the beach and do not explore the Local Nature Reserve as there is nowhere, currently, on the site for visitors to get information to help them explore the site.
The beach hut will operate as a hub for basic information and current things to see (eg visiting bird species, seasonal wildflower bloomings).
The cost of setting up this hub is likely to be in the region of £2500 to £3000.
"Friends of Par Beach with the beach at its heart is working hard to keep Par Beach as you like to see it.