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
Defra MCW Code
New Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code
We are all super excited that Defra has launched a brand new Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code. This is something we have been working on with Defra’s wonderful Lara Turtle (Seal’s policy advisor) and team for over 18 months.
Why do seals…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
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…
Operation Seabird SW
Operation Seabird SW launched on 14/04/22 #OpSeabirdSW
Operation Seabird is a national initiative that aims to engage with the public, businesses, and community-based organisations to raise awareness about the sensitivities of our coastline and showing how simple changes can reduce pressure on our unique marine life and fragile habitats.
Operation Seabird SW is a partnership…
2021 SRT and Seals
Basically 2021 saw a massive transformation in our charity that has continued into 2022 as we ride the post COVID technological wave. We are now trying to be more self funding through our Online Shop, Wild Seal Supporter and Adoption Scheme and Donations.
Our Annual Report was finally written this month. It takes about 2 months for…
VIP speech, zoom, visit
In Marine Super Year 2021, little did we know when CSGRT were mentioned by Rebecca Pow in her Ocean Recovery Conference speech, that we would soon meet her online via zoom and then she would visit us later in the year. Despite her busy schedule as Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Domestic Environment, Rebecca approached…Read More
Ministerial VIP Visit
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust hosted a 2 hour visit from Environment Secretary George Eustice to highlight the increasing challenges facing the UK’s globally rare grey seals.
Highlights of our discussions with George included:
● We all need to enjoy, respect and protect our native grey and common seals
● Seals are chronically disturbed (up to every 14…