Enjoy Respect Protect
Easy to say and much harder to do
Do we hide our true feelings and natural responses in public?
Can we hide the impacts of chronic stress?
Chances are that for many of us the answer to both these…Read More
We really can make a difference you know!
In an era where many of us have anxieties about the biodiversity, climate and cost of living crises, it is easy to get depressed and feel disempowered. But we shouldn’t.
Radical change is built form incremental actions and…Read More
Seal pups in need
The 2023 SW UK pupping season kicked off in earnest around the same time as last year in the last week of August (with a trickle of pups prior to that). This is EARLY! Records seem to suggest that the pupping season is moving forwards by a few days each year, now overlapping with…Read More
Sea Change: Seals
The Seal Research Trust (SRT) is renowned for its citizen science photo identification research. A key element of this work is our post release monitoring of rescued and rehabilitated seals released from a variety of centres. In 2021, SRT published a peer reviewed paper in Marine Mammal Science summarising our findings from an incredible…Read More
Seal law change
It has been quite a week …… as we have made a lot of progress towards our overall aim of getting seal disturbance made illegal (as it is with whales and dolphins).Tuesday saw MPs debating ‘Seal protection’ in Westminster Hall led by Sarah Olney MP.Thanks to Mary Tester from Thames Seal Watch, Sarah Olney…Read More
Space for Seals
Brigstow Institute Seedcorn Funding project ‘Space for Seals’ backgroundIn 2021, The Seal Research Trust (SRT) published a report commissioned by DEFRA called the ‘People Protecting Precious Places Project’. This detailed that seals were experiencing a statistically significant increase in disturbance as a result of human interactions throughout the summer months and that tripper boats…Read More
Climate change is affecting us all! To preserve a liveable planet we need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Already the planet is 1.1 degrees warmer than in the 1800’s. This is the greatest challenge humans face. We need to completely change the way we live our lives, particularly in terms of energy….Read More
Loose the loop
The horrific and shocking injuries from looped items have been an issue recorded by the Seal Research Trust since 2000. Given the unique data set we hold, we are able to provide useful background evidence to help drive and support solutions to the ever worsening issue of marine plastics. This time, we collaborated with Keep Britain Tidy’s…Read More
Help nature save us
Protecting nature protects us.
The planet doesn’t need a plan B, we do.
Without nature we have no air, water or food.
We already face triple crises – climate, environmental and biodiversity.
Failure to act over the next decade will see future generations doomed.
Securing the future of our species depends on us protecting the…
Pupping has begun
Pupping season is here: Give pups space: Disturbance is damaging: Think seal and put pups first!
This year has flown and our pupping seasons are starting earlier than they used to, likely a result of climate change affecting prey availability and sea conditions. This means we are still enjoying our peak holiday coastal activities, leaving…
Watch Seals Well
We are lucky and privileged to live and work in a country with a beautiful coastline. We want everyone to share amazing marine experiences to spread public appreciation of our coastal wildlife. At the same time, we want all our cumulative activity to have NO negative impact on our fragile coastal habitats and species, particularly…Read More
Solid discs only!
Curiosity can kill. Seals learn through play and explore things they find in the sea. They swim over, under, round and sometimes through these objects of interest. With unbreakable plastic, this can be life threatening.
In one week earlier in 2022, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers Andrea and Vanessa collected 6 flying rings…