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No flying from the top fields at Carbis Bay until further notice, use the beach instead!

St. Agnes Head & Wheal Coates (Chapel Porth), closed to all flying due to Natural England and National Trust edict!

I am writing to inform you of a change in your license agreement for hang gliding and paragliding at Wheal Coates and St Agnes Head. We have been liaising with Natural England about various SSSI issues in our area and in doing so they have informed us that we as The National Trust can no longer issue licenses to organisations or individuals that might affect the SSSI without first applying for consent. This change will also affect other user groups such as non-powered model aircraft flying and rock climbing.

In our discussions with Natural England, there have been concerns about the impact flying may have on the breeding bird assemblage, a key feature of the SSSI designation. We have spoken previously about disturbance related issues for birds at Wheal Coates and have appreciated your approach in ceasing flying during periods where schedule 1 species have been breeding. Natural England have confirmed that the breeding bird assemblage covers breeding clifftop and seabird species within the Godrevy to St Agnes SSSI. They have informed us that in their opinion, flying hang gliders and paragliders, taking off and landing on the SSSI during the breeding season from March through to September would disturb breeding bird species that are a feature of the SSSI and as such it is unlikely that they would provide SSSI consent for this activity. They have also informed us that it is an offence to disturb nesting birds under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

We have a legal responsibility to manage our land within the SSSI and a responsibility as the National Trust to protect and care for places so that people and nature can thrive. The National Trust therefore support Natural England’s approach during this key period for bird species. Natural England have said that they would consider an application to fly outside of the bird breeding season from October through to February inclusive on the advice that we consider the potential impact of the activity on Grey Seal (also a notified feature of the SSSI) in any proposals made for consent, ensuring also that there is a plan in place for all necessary measures to safeguard against disturbance of Grey Seal with appropriate oversight and accountability, supported by a robust monitoring plan. This can be looked into with a view to submitting a consent application from October 2022 through to February 2023 for their consideration if you so wish. In addition to these asks, Natural England have requested that we put a monitoring programme in place to assess disturbance impacts and the condition of the breeding bird assemblages to do due diligence in our responsibility in managing the SSSI. Any future application for the winter months will also be under condition that these criteria remain favourable.

We understand that this represents a significant change for your group in their use of Wheal Coates and St Agnes Head but we must be clear that from this date February 7th 2022 you are no longer permitted to fly any hang gliders or paragliders within the Godrevy to St Agnes SSSI. Can you please inform all your members of this change as soon as possible as anyone flying from this date will be in breach of Natural England’s SSSI regulations which can amount to a criminal offence and a fine under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Welcome to the KHPA Website

The Kernow Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (KHPA) exists to promote, facilitate and protect the free-flying activities of its members and visiting flyers by responsible airmanship and mutual understanding with the owners and those accountable for the land from which we have permission to fly.

All members of the KHPA and visiting flyers are required to be members of the sole UK Hang Gliding and Paragliding governing body, the BHPA. The BHPA administers a continuous pilot training scheme, from beginner to expert, and all members have world wide third party insurance protection.

The KHPA developed from the the Kernow Hang Gliding Association (KHGA) in 2002. Before that it was the Kernow Sailwing Association formed in 1975.

Our active flying membership extends from age 18 to 86 and the club is known as one of the most friendly in the country.

Have fun and fly safely.

Monthly Meeting

There is a monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in St. Rumon’s Social Club, Penryn Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2SP. Telephone 01209 215743. Non-members are welcome.

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  1. “potential impact of the activity on Grey Seal”. Delusional. Regularly surf Godrevy – the seals head south into The bay from Hells Mouth to fish. Many’s the time I’ve been within a few feet of one (few years back one juvenile actually tried to mate with me; thought I was another seal – seriously)!

  2. BHPA statement – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    As we know, from 5 January 2021 the UK government has imposed a further lockdown in England.

    The other home nations have their own lockdowns in place.

    Unfortunately, the Parliamentary draftsman has chosen an extremely complex way of producing legislation for this lockdown in England. It has been done by amending the Regulations that came into effect in November 2020.

    In Tier 4 locations, the basic law is that you must stay at home. There are then exceptions to this, such as going shopping for essentials etc. There were two exceptions that were important to our sports.

    Firstly, to take exercise outside, and secondly, to visit a public outdoor place for the purposes of open-air recreation.

    The new Regulations have deleted that second exception. When considered alongside the Government’s Guidelines, this means that:

    You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).

    You may exercise in a public outdoor place on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

    Public outdoor places relevant to flying include local beaches, countryside accessible to the public and forests.

    Outdoor exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area, defined as “the village, town, or part of the city where you live”.

    Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

    The CAA have also revised their Guidelines to say that no leisure flying is permitted.

    The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ or break other rules. Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued starting at £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

    We had hoped that we might be able to advise that flying locally was permitted, and legally it is. But taken in conjunction with the pressures we are seeing on A&E and ITU Departments, it does seem that BHPA advice to all our pilots, powered and unpowered must be that for the duration of this lockdown, members must refrain from flying.

    Marc Asquith
    BHPA Chairman

    Posted: 7 January 2021
    By: Paul Dancey

  3. Hi All

    Following the most recent information regarding Covid – 19 restrictions , guidance and advice it is good to advise that as long as nothing fundamentally changes in the coming week KHPA sites will re open on December 2nd and the advice for members not to fly will no longer apply.

    Sites will be open to all BHPA members other than High Cliff which is KHPA members only and accompanied guests and Carbis Bay which is currently KHPA members only, reciprocal memberships do not apply to these sites.

    Visiting pilots are welcome on the rest of the sites when abiding by the restrictions and  adhering to government guidelines regarding traveling, staying over and social distancing  current at the time. All pilots must make themselves aware of the latest site information via the KHPA website.

    If the “rule of six” is applicable (which is likely) please abide by it and take into consideration all the guidance given as to minimising risk of infection to yourself and others.

    Whilst fortunately the past few weeks have only seen a very small number of flyable days, members support for the Committees decision and adherence is appreciated.

    On a lighter note and with the increasing possibility of a vaccine coming the majority of our members should soon be near the top of the que looking at our average age 🙂

    All the best and hopefully see you on the hill or in the air soon.

    KHPA Committee

  4. Hi All

    Some good news regarding Carbis Bay. The top fields are now available for flying until the end of January, assuming we behave. Access is through the gate by the road as before, no hoping over or through the fence. Parking as before, please do not cause obstructions . Avoid over flying Gonwin Manor and its front garden, in general be on best behavior as we do not wish to give any reasons for complaint.

    Due to the fragile nature of the site it is open to KHPA members only and all must make sure they are up to date with the current site guide as on the website along with these measures.

    Sadly with the forthcoming lockdown our use of the site may be further limited however at least Wednesday looks possible :))

    Following the Goverments update today and taking into consideration of what comes out of it we will need to update the clubs situation.

     All the best 

    KHPA committee

  5. As of today Chapel Porth is once again open for flying. There may still be some activity by our winged friends so please keep an eye out and avoid low overflying of the Engine houses.

    The NT have appreciated our restraint in not flying the site and hopefully this will help in our relationship with them.

  6. Chapel Porth Important ……
    There is the possibility of a temporary restriction on flying at Chapel
    Porth due to a bird related issue. We are trying to ascertain the
    situation at present with the NT and will update as soon as we know the
    facts.
    In the long term interests of the site please do not fly there until
    further notice, this includes using other take offs to access the ridge
    between St Agnes Head and Chapel Porth beach. Your co operation I am
    sure will be appreciated by all.

    Thank you

    Phippsy

  7. Carbis Bay – the site is now open for a limited time, until end of November 2019. Members and accompanied guests only. Non members wishing to fly this site must contact a KHPA member who will take responsibility for them and be accompanied by them before entering the site. Thank you.

  8. Hi All,

    As discussed at the last meeting, problems have arisen regarding our future flying at Vault Bay. At present we can continue but, members please make yourselves well aware of the site rules and ensure you abide by them. Also make sure any visitors do like wise; it will not take a lot for this site to be lost, in particular parking; use only the car parks and NOT the lay-by near the gate, also avoid taking off and landing near any cattle.

    Please pass on to others that may use the site from other clubs etc.

    Thank you,

    Phippsy.

  9. NOTAM – How to issue a UK Notice to Airmen.

    Whilst looking around the North Devon Hang & Paragliding website I spotted this useful video their club produced and kindly shared: https://youtu.be/InT5hBZnFgQ

  10. Carbis Bay Flying site – Important!
    I have received an email 28/4/2018 relating to Carbis Bay, informing us that the fields have now been seeded and the land is let to a farmer for Hay, grazing and grass, and that we are no longer allowed to take off and land on it.
    We now have contact details that we can use, and as soon as possible will arrange a meeting to try and negotiate future use but, until then, please do not fly Carbis Bay by using any of the fields for taking off or landing! If you wish to take off on the dunes and land on the beach that is fine.
    Cooperation in this is important if we are to have any chance of future use.
    Please pass this information on to all includng non KHPA members.

    Thank you
    Phippsy

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