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"They (the rangers) were really knowledgeable about the history of Newquay and the wildlife."

Environmental Activities in Newquay for all ages

Newquay Wild Activities (NWA for short) is a Social Enterprise Community Interest Company (CIC) – we aim to give back to the environment and the community:

We want to show Newquay in a green light.

We aim to showcase the amazing wildlife that share our coastline. Come along: be inspired and educated to protect and conserve it while having a great day out.


A percentage of our income will be put back into the community allowing NWA to subsidise disadvantaged and marginalised individuals to partake in activities too. We really hope we can make a difference


Join us for an amazing day out, learn about the incredible coastline we have and the species that share our shores. Plus be part of a larger community network by collecting data, protecting and conserve it and help others to experience it too!

One of our USPs is we want to make our activities bespoke, personal and inclusive. 

The activities will be in small groups of no more than 8 (you can also book a private group if you would like.) For those of you based in Newquay, we will pick you up from your hotel/accommodation and take you back in our bus! This will reduce traffic and stress while you are on your holiday, meaning your experience will start the moment we meet you.

There are two activities on offer – a Rockpool Ramble and a Wildlife Walk

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Who Are We?

NWA is run by Liz and Laura who already run a community group set up to bring together people passionate about the environment and the coastline of Newquay. Our work has been vitally important for the environment, and we have partnered with many different businesses, organisations, and groups to achieve our goals. We love it! the rangers who will lead the events are also local and as passionate as we are.

Our Environmental Activities

Come join us as part of your holiday – to see Newquay from a different perspective and find out about other opportunities and exciting activities you can do while you are here!

We are offering two activities – a Rockpool Ramble and Wildlife Walk.


Your guides for both activities are experts in their fields who know and love Newquay. They have not only the necessary skills and qualifications but are passionate and full of knowledge and they are fantastic at what they do!

The events are:

  • Sustainable

  • Eco-friendly 

  • Environmentally focused. 

  • Nature-based that ‘put back’. This means back into the environment and back into the community.

  • Showing Newquay in a different light – showcasing its wildlife. 

  • A chance to gather scientific data – to become citizen scientists

What is Involved?

  • Our pickup service - We offer a pick up and drop off from accommodation in Newquay. Or at a central point if travelling into town. 

  • Small groups 

  • Suitable for individual, couples, families, friends – basically everyone

  • Plan B if the weather isn’t playing ball

  • Refreshments and a pasty 

  • Full safety briefing

  • Equipment and materials including ID books, binoculars, and buckets. 

  • Your own private expert

  • Information on the community and other groups to get involved with or join

  • Information on the area, the history, the habitats, and the environment as well as the conservation work in the area.

  • Knowledge your day out will have an impact for ongoing conservation effort.

  • Feedback and species list of what was seen

  • Litter pickers to collect any rubbish seen while exploring. 

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Collecting Environmental Data

Why Data is Important

Well first off when we talk about data, we mean species data. The animals, insects and plants that can be found here in Newquay. we look at the number of species and type of species and the abundance of that species and where that species can be found.

This data will go to The Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) and onto their huge database called ORKS. Some of this data will also go to smaller databases that concentrate on one type of species or type of data or location This includes Shore Search (for rockpool species) Marine Standings network (for dead animals on our beaches) and Cornwall Bird Group for bird information etc… you will learn more about all these networks when you join us on one of our adventures.

And finally – why do we do this? Well, it helps us understand what is happening in our environment. It helps to show trends over the years and will highlight any problems or changes or issues that may need policy or protection or a change in use.

It also means that anyone can be a part of the scientific community – citizen science is an important and ever-expanding area of conservation. Coming along to one our events are not just fun and interesting, but you will also become a scientist and have a positive impact on local conservation.

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Community Organistations

NWA is part of a large conservation network here in Cornwall as well as other organisations that have a similar environmental mindset.

Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Shoresearch

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Beach Care

Cornwall Bird Group

Newquay Heritage Museum

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Marine Strandings

Newquay Watersports Centre

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Your Shore Network


Friends of Fistral dunes

Cornwall Bat Group

The Rockpool Project

Clean Cornwall

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Seaquest

Blue Reef Aquarium

Newquay Marine Group

Land and Sea Cornwall

Geological Group

Cornwall College, Newquay

And so many more!

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