Exploring the River Fal

On Tuesday 14 October, a group of Year 5 pupils enjoyed a Geography field trip exploring the River Fal.  In near perfect weather conditions they boarded rafted Canadian canoes and paddled from Boscawen Park in Truro to Loe Beach near Feock, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way.  The children were able to see for themselves how the river changes as it approaches the sea.  They made a tally of the different wildlife encountered, including seals playing near Turnaware Point and the unexpected sight of a fox on the shores of Pill Creek.

 

In addition to the geographical features of the river, the children were able to learn some of the history of the estuary, including the vital part it played during the Second World War in preparation for the D Day landings (including a short visit to the memorial above Turnaware Point) and how it is used today for pleasure, shipping and mussel farming.  They were even able to spend some time watching the oyster fisherman dredging in the area off Turnaware point in traditional Cornish oyster punts, using only oar power.

 

The children have all been enrolled into the John Muir Award Scheme and this trip will count towards that award.

 

You can see more pictures from the trip in our gallery.