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Fal & Helford Special Area of Conservation | Who We Are

The main aim of SACs is to provide a stronghold for the habitats and species they contain, through appropriate management measures achieved by co-operation between the regulating relevant authorities, landowners, industry and the public who use these areas.

They are not intended to be 'no go' areas, particularly as many sites, including the Fal & Helford, are extensively used for industry and recreation.  

The SAC is managed by a management group comprised of both statute and non-statute public or private bodies that either work or have management responsibilities for the area.

In order to help them with this task, there is an advisory group comprised of individuals and groups who either work in the SAC or have specific interests related to the conservation of the SAC. 

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive.

They are areas which have been given special protection under the European Union’s Habitats Directive. They provide increased protection to a variety of wild animals, plants and habitats and are a vital part of global efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity.

The organisations involved in the Fal & Helford SAC are:

Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (CIFCA)

Cornwall IFCA is responsible for marine fisheries and environmental management in our estuaries and inshore waters out to the 6nm limit. It was established on 1 April 2011 as a result of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The Authority has taken over the duties, responsibilities and assets of Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee, together with a broader remit for the sustainable management of the inshore marine environment.

CIFCA Officers enforce European, national and local fisheries legislation, undertake research, provide advice and contribute to a wide range of stakeholder groups, including the Fal & Helford SAC Management Forum.

Falmouth Docks & Engineering Co.

Falmouth Docks & Engineering Co. (FDEC) is the statutory body created in 1859 to construct and manage the area of the Docks and the surrounding waters. The Company is wholly owned by the A&P Group.

Working with the other Statutory Bodies on the management group we will assist in the delivery of the management scheme within the SAC.

Natural England

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. They provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Their remit is to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive. It is their responsibility to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.

They work with farmers and land managers; business and industry; planners and developers; national and local government; interest groups and local communities to help them improve their local environment.