A Hydrographic Survey of Loe Pool

The Loe Pool Forum identified a need to produce an up to date and high resolution bathymetric data of Loe Pool to assess the current condition of Loe Pool and to use a benchmark for future monitoring and investigations. Alongside the need for bathymetric data, an accurate image of the objects and features within the…

Macrophyte Monitoring

This report details the results of the 2015 Loe Pool boat and grapnel survey, part on an ongoing programme of macrophyte monitoring undertaken on this lake since 1999.   The Loe is currently eutrophic and in unfavourable condition. It fails to meet Natural England’s conservation objectives for the macrophyte community composition, macrophyte community structure and…

A method for increasing the accuracy of flood prediction

Helston periodically experiences flooding, caused by high amounts of surface runoff from the increasingly urbanized catchment flowing into a small and modified channel. Beatrix Webb (Masters student at Camborne School of Mines) spent 2015 investigating whether the geophysical technique of electrical resistivity can be used as a low cost method to improve the accuracy of flood prediction. The technique works…

Congratulations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust for Sustainability Award

Huge congratulations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust for winning ‘Best example of Environmental Growth’ along with Westcountry Rivers Trust for our collaborative ‘Upstream Thinking’ project funded by South West Water. Shortlisted applicants spent the evening at the Headland Hotel in Newquay and were treated to an inspiring talk from environmentalist Jonathon Porritt before the awards were…

Could Helston have historically been a port settlement?

In 2013 Peter Nicholls, as part of his MSc at Camborne School of Mines, investigated the factual basis for the commonly held belief that Helston was historically a port town with access to the sea. Peter Nicholls successfully achieved his aim, of determining if Helston was historically a port town, through rigorous primary data collection cross referenced with…

New insights into the Loe Bar’s changing geomorphology

Since 2014 Loe Pool Forum have been collaborating with Camborne School of Mines (CSM) on research in and around the Loe Pool. In 2015 Annabel Pardoe submitted her Master’s dissertation on Loe Bar and its changing geomorphology. Annabel’s dissertation was submitted as part of CSM’s Surveying with Land and Environmental Management course. Annabel’s investigation of Loe Bar…