Many organisations including Hayle Town Council, Gwinear/Gwithian Parish Council, the National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, as well as many of the local tourism businesses, work together well to protect the Towans, guided by a Forum known as The Towans Partnership. However, no easy way existed for local people to lend a hand and get involved and so a conservation group, the Friends of the Towans, was formed in 2015. It is now a registered charity and is expanding its activities all the time.
Volunteers undertake practical habitat management work through the year, although the main focus is during autumn and winter, when scrub vegetation such as gorse and brambles, is removed from the grassy areas to improve the habitat. We normally have a bone-warming bonfire, sometimes with baked potatoes too!
We also carry out wildlife monitoring and run guided walks to help us all to learn more about the Towans’ wildlife and history.
Save Our Sand
Save Our Sand, an unregistered charity set up to monitor the condition of Hayle’s beaches, was brought under the management of the trustees of Friends of the Towans in 2021.
It is now a working party of Friends of the Towans, and continues to organise monthly beach cleans from spring to early autumn, liaising with landowners from Hayle to Godrevy, and collating SOS on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society.
The Save Our Sand website is being maintained for historical reference. See http://www.sos-hayle.org.uk/index.html