Meet the Cornish Pisky Pals


Ailla name means most beautiful in Cornish, she dresses in white and her birthday is 3rd April. Ailla is a particularly caring Pisky and can often be found looking after poorly birds, animals and insects. If she can help out then she will. Ailla particularly enjoys bird watching and in any spare time she has she can be found watching the birds flit around. She has an ambition to fly but that is not so easy when you don’t have wings!

Arnewi is a resourceful, resilient little pisky who loves to help others out. Arnewi was born on 18th July, that is a memorable day in Coverack as it once flooded badly on this date. Arnewi is the Cornish word for storm.

Blush has a birthday that coincides with Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Blush is a particularly shy pisky and, as the name suggests, blushes easily. A tradition for each birthday is to count how many wild flowers are in flower, there are not that many wild flowers that flower in February but if you look very hard you will probably find some. If you look around the base of some wild flowers, particularly wild primroses, and you see something running off quickly or hear a tiny giggle then you have probably just found Blush or Kez!

Demelza works hard all day baking for her small shop where she sells special Cornish Pisky treats such as pasties, saffron buns, heavy cake and her homemade cream teas. During the evenings or at the weekends she loves to walk the cliff paths and enjoy the fragrant gorse – she particularly enjoys the views from high up places. Near Coverack there is a rock, known to the local fishermen as Elephant rock – from here Demelza has a fantastic view of Coverack bay – unfortunately it is tricky to get to Elephant Rock but with some help from some friendly birds, Demelza gets a lift and she gives the birds some tasty crumbs from her baking, in return. Demelza’s birthday is 13th August.

Gabbro is a bright coloured pisky who was born on 31st March, and named after a type of rock found on Coverack beach. Gabbro is a keen geologist and is interested in all the different rocks that can be found on the beach. A favourite pisky game is to stack the rocks into tall towers and see which one can stay standing the longest.


Gran loves to welcome visitors to her house and is interested in all the news they bring. To make visitors feels especially welcome and keen to come again she likes to bake for them. She nearly always has a cake tin full of the piskies favorite rock buns, made with a bit of pisky fudge that is a firm pisky favorite. If you would like to make your own rock buns the recipe is included in our pisky book ‘Pisky Treasure’. Gran celebrates her birthday on the 14th July.


Hero is a bright and cheerful pisky, dressed from head to toe in the colours of the rainbow. Hero can always be relied on to help out, whenever there is a need. It is always useful to have a little hero around! Hero’s birthday is 29th December.

Izzy is short for Isabel and she was born on 8th May, this is also the date of Flora day in the nearest market town of Helston. A day when summer is welcomed and when adults, children and Cornish piskies all dance through the streets. At this time of year the woodlands are a carpet of bluebells and so Isabel was named after the bluebells. Despite being named after bluebells Izzy’s favourite flower is Lily of the Valley, this tiny white flower is also especially associated with Flora Day.

Celebrates her birthday when the anemone season was in full swing on 24th November, the whole family work very hard gathering the flowers into large bunches that are brought into the house to be arranged into smaller bunches to sell to the local shops.  Katie associates her birthday with the house full of people working at the kitchen table, chatting happily as they bunch the anemones.  
When Katie isn’t working she loves to walk the coast paths around Coverack, if you ever see a clump of thrift in full flower take a closer look as there may be a small pisky admiring the view! 

Kez was born 14th February. Kez is a loveable Cornish pisky, the name Kez is short for Kerenza, which is the Cornish word for love.
Kez loves to play a camouflage game, looking for red objects to hide beside. If you are going for a walk it is always worth looking near things that are red to see if you can find Kez hiding! If you find a group of red flowers, stones and leaves all together, it is a sure sign that Kez has been there – so look carefully! 

Koska is named after the Cornish word for sleeping, so of course this Cornish Pisky is sleeping with closed eyes!  Dressed in soft, calm colours of pale lavender and blue, with a birthday on 1st November close to the time the clocks alter – falling back to give us all an extra hour in bed.

Melyn is a colourful Cornish Pisky who is very fond of feeding, and providing habitats for the wild birds. The tiny Gold Crest is Melyn’s favorite bird and they both wear yellow, red and green. Melyn is Cornish for yellow. Melyn has always been fascinated with a field on her Granddad’s farm that is called Melyn! Melyn pisky was born on 3rd September.

Perran celebrates his birthday on 5th March Perran is very proud of his Cornish roots. His birthday falls on St Piran’s Day. St Piran is the patron saint of miners and the flag of St Piran shows the white tin flowing through the black rock and is usually called the Cornish flag. Perran is a true Cornish Pisky and can usually be found wearing the Cornish colours of black and gold and frequently eating local Cornish specialities such as a Cornish pasty or a saffron bun.

Pip the Pirate Pisky.
Pip is the Cornish Pisky Pal’s own friendly Pirate. He has a patch over one eye and a peg leg. He has had a fascinating life and just loves adventures and telling the little Pisky Pals about them.  
You might think that Pip’s injuries where due to savage sword fights or massive gunshot wounds – Pip would like you to think that… but actually it has more to do with falling asleep in the wrong place!
Unusually for a pirate, Pip works hard to protect Coverack and warn the rest of the Cornish Pisky Pals of any danger. Pip is particularly good at predicting stormy weather, a very useful skill when you are so small and you live so close to the sea! Pip’s birthday is 28th September.

Pipkin was born on the 31st October and often has birthday celebrations that involve making lanterns from tiny pumpkins, obviously when you are as small as a Cornish pisky making a lantern from even a tiny pumpkin requires a lot of piskies to help! This love of pumpkins has influenced the colour of the clothes Pipkin wears that are as close to pumpkin colours as possible!

Piran is named after the Cornish Saint, Saint Piran the patron saint of miners. The flag of Saint Piran is said to show the white tin flowing through the black rock, and Piran wears these white and black colours.
Piran’s Birthday is 14th December. Piran particularly likes the night sky and star gazing. Piran loves to see a shooting star on a calm summer’s evening.  In day light hours Piran is a keen gardener and loves designing new gardens.


Pop is the affection name for this Granddad Pisky. He loves to surprise the Cornish piskies and “pop” out when they least expect him! Although he walks with a stick he uses it for much more than that, writing in the sand, nudging just out of reach apples off a tree and even gently maneuvering the occasional uncooperative pisky pet! Pop loves to tell a story, to gather the Cornish piskies to him he blows his shell horn! This causes a rush of piskies running to him all keen to hear his words of wisdom. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Pop and his shell horn you can read more about him in our book Pisky Treasure. Pop celebrates his birthday on 2nd January.

Sam’s birthday is on 26th August. Sam works hard on the farm making sure that all the Cornish piskies have enough food. Farming is hard work and the other piskies help out during the busiest times, planting and harvesting all they can.
Sam can usually be found in the fields around Coverack, dressed in green colours that can be difficult to find. If you really want to find Sam try looking under buttercups after an early start working in the fields a little snooze under a buttercup can really help!

Loves living in Coverack, that is on the Lizard Peninsula. This means there is the opportunity to work with the rare and beautiful serpentine stone that is found here. Most of the serpentine is found at The Lizard but there are still a few secret places around Coverack where it can be found and Serp knows where these are! Serp is dressed in a mixture of the green and red the colours of the serpentine rocks found on Coverack beach. Serp’s birthday is on 5th May.

Shanty loves everything about the sea and dresses in the green and blue colours of the sea. Shanty loves to surf and makes surf boards from cuttlefish washed up on the beaches in and around Coverack, Cornwall. When the seas are calm Shanty can often be found around the beaches and cliffs of Coverack just gazing out to sea, so watch where you step! Shanty is a tuneful pisky, and can be heard singing if you listen very carefully. Shanty was born on 7th June.

Sunny is a cheery Cornish pisky who loves beach combing and creating interesting things from the beach finds. Sunny pays particular attention to collecting plastic from the beach at every opportunity, recycling it whenever possible. Look carefully on the shore line if you are beach combing yourself as you could find a little Cornish pisky! Sunny’s Birthday is on the 30th April.

Tine also loves the rare and beautiful serpentine stone found on Coverack beach and spends a lot of time with his great friend Serp collecting serpentine from Coverack beach to work it into beautiful objects much admired by all their pisky pals. Tine was born on 19th June.

Yasmin loves the sea, she was born on 7th January a particularly memorable in Coverack as one year the fishermen caught more bass than they had ever caught before. Yasmin likes fishing out of the tiny fishing harbour at Coverack.
In the calm summer days Yasmin loves to collect seashells, a particularly special and unusual find on Coverack beach is a cowrie shell with three spots along its top. The blues of the sea are Yasmin’s favourite colours.