Events and Activities

Throughout the year we organise and attend a huge number of events. The volunteers are hugely generous with their time.

The events will depend on the season. During the Autumn and Winter, we host talks and presentations by renowned lecturers, professors, TV personalities and friends of the group. We will also host film nights for the up and coming environmental film release as well as our Christmas quiz which is always a fun night!        

In the Spring and Summer we get out and about: Surveys, rockpool rambles, snorkels, dives, wildlife boat trips, Seaquest Sundays, wildlife walks, plankton days, crabbing, social get togethers and nights in the pub!

Then there are the events organised by others that we are invited to. We have a stall that we take to other events such as the Fish Festival, Cornwall Pride, Newquay Orchard Spring Fayre, Marine Days and wildlife bioblitzes.



And don’t forget all the beach cleans run by Newquay Beach Care. We also recently bought a kayak for the group, made from recycled materials and commissioned by Ocean Odyssey. Cleans can now happen on the water.

Oh and the art.

We run art workshops too – a lot of our members are really creative so keep an eye out for plastic mosaics, coastal watercolours and Japanese printing workshops. 

Citizen Science – giving the public opportunities to collect data for a number of projects, Newquay Marine Group has joined up with a variety of organisations on a variety of topics.

These include:

  • Ghost Netting (in association with The Cornwall Seal Group)
  • Stranded marine animals (Cornwall Wildlife Trust Strandings Network)
  • Stranded live animals (British Divers Marine Life Rescue)
  • Seal population and wildlife surveys (Cornwall Seal Group and Newquay Sea Safaris)
  • Beach Litter (Newquay Beach Care and Keep Britain Tidy)
  • Land based sea surveys (Seaquest Sundays)
  • Intertidal wildlife surveys (Cornwall Wildlife Trust ShoreSearch)
  • Microplastics project in conjunction with Newquay Sea Safaris, St Agnes Marine Conservation Group, Polzeath Marine Group and Cornwall Seal Group and Research Trust. read more about this on our Trawlshare page.
  • Carbon Sequestration data collection in collaboration with Bangor University and the National Environmental Research Council (NERC)
  • Riverfly Sampling
  • Freshwater stream sampling (West Country Rivers Trust)
  • Ammonia testing (EA)
  • Our students also work hard throughout their courses and the group is a great way for them to get experience and hopefully we can benefit from their research and we can learn from them! The Microplastics infographic was done by one of our members during his degree. He now works at the West Midlands Safari Park.
  • Engagement events with the Cornish Merpod and SwimminWimmin  – sea swimming all year round. 


Did you know that Newquay and the Gannel are designated as a Marine Conservation Zone!?