Answering your questions about the Isles of Scilly’s most unusual visitor – a Walrus – provided by BDMLR, Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and the St Mary’s Harbour Team.
Please Note: This information is accurate at time of writing (12/07/2021) and will be updated as new detail emerges/there is something…
Isles of Scilly Walrus
As many of you will know, a walrus appeared on Cornwall’s north coast and has been present in the Isles of Scilly since mid-June, an exceptional first record of this species here.
Unfortunately, his presence in a commercial harbour within an island community is posing huge risks, first to himself, and to livelihoods but potentially…
G7 Op Marine Mammal
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and other local marine wildlife groups would like to thank our security services for their help during the G7.
Our local Police Rural Affairs Officers Chris Collins and Julian Fry set up a Marine Advisory Group to collaborate with key marine mammal related groups operating in Cornwall. Led by Abby Crosby…
Do not disturb!
This year, the public are being urged to ‘GIVE SEALS SPACE’
• Campaign launched by Seal Alliance and government to help protect seals from human disturbance
• Just 25% of young seals survive to the age of 2 and interactions with the public can lead to mother and pup fatalities
• UK is home to…
A seal history first
For some of us, seals play a very big part of our lives. Adge Lane routinely surveys seals on his local patch in northwest Wales, keeping a watchful eye for issues and alerting others when something interesting has been seen. You just never know when a routine survey is going to turn out to be…Read More
20th Birthday Conference
If you haven’t already heard, it’s our 20th Birthday!
CSGRT have been monitoring, identifying and protecting grey seals around the SW since 2000. Incredibly some of the seals we first met in 2000 have been seen again in 2020!
To celebrate, we arranged our first ever seal conservation conference! We went virtual because of COVID-19…
After 20 years, CSGRT Rangers are still discovering new things taking scientific knowledge forward about our globally rare grey seals. Lucky bunting was just 2/3 years old when she was entangled in lost trawl net, so Sue Sayer contacted British Divers Marine Life Rescue and on 12/07/16, Dan Jarvis led a rescue enabling Sue to…Read More
Free at last!
At last rescue team frees entangled seal after four-month operation.
Back on 17th May 2018, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) surveyors sighted a juvenile male grey seal in West Cornwall that was entangled around the neck with green fishing net and became known as ‘Lucky Star’ in the hope he would be able to…
Oh no x 2!
Oh no! ‘Medallion Man’ and ‘Radley’ have both been HOOKED by angling lures. Sadly this is an unintended consequence of feeding seals in harbours.
On a recent boat survey, CSGRT witnessed Medallion Man – an iconic adult male grey seal begging unmercifully around a Newquay Harbour tripper boat, from which he got fed to the delight of…
On the 7th of March, Sue along with Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) joined Colin Speedie (Wildlife Safe – WiSe – founder) to deliver a WiSe training course in Padstow.
Sue has been updating the WiSe seal code of conduct recently and was honoured to be invited to give a southwest…
Cornwall is facing a seal pup rescue crisis. Partners CSGRT, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (CSS) and RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Hospital are hearing about unprecedented numbers of underweight seal pups around the coast in need of rescue by BDMLR. With no spare capacity at CSS and RSPCA West Hatch, BDMLR…Read More
Box is alive!
Seriously wounded, a seal was slashed on her rear flippers by a boat propeller as she was hand fed in St Ives Harbour on 19/08/17. The adult female seal ‘Box desk’ (Box for short) was subsequently identified from witness statements and photographic evidence taken before, during and after the incident. Box had been encouraged to…Read More