Gannets and ‘ghosts’
***WARNING DISTRESSING STORY AND PHOTOS***
Gannets are stunningly beautiful seabirds. Big and powerful, they dive up to speeds of 60 mph hitting the sea surface with enormous force. Their skulls are specifically designed to minimise and withstand the incredible forces generated as they hit the water.
‘Ghosts’ are the remnants of lost fishing gear that…
It’s been a busy month for the team at CSGRT HQ, so we are a bit behind in telling you that…
We were on Springwatch!
Bright and early on the 15th of May, we met the lovely Springwatch team down at Newquay Harbour – a regular survey base for us, as it is where…
This week our volunteer CSGRT boat survey team completed our springtime STAPIP (St Agnes to Trevose) boat based survey.
We have been running these surveys since October 2011, so this was our 28th time surveying this coastal transect!
Awesome surveyors …Read More
Leave as you find!
Our fabulous volunteer, Haley Dolton (from University of Exeter, Penryn) made us a beautiful ‘infographic’ leaflet describing the ideal seal interaction showing how to watch seals safely!
Do you watch seals from land? If so, here’s our advice about how to get the best view of seals.
Seals need to spend time on land to rest,…Read More
Ground breaking eDNA
Sue Sayer from Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) first heard about environmental DNA (eDNA) back in 2012 at a European Cetacean Society Conference in Galway. It was a very exciting and truly ground breaking, non invasive survey method that would be a game changer in marine research.
So, when CSGRT were approached by Alex Hayward and…
Beauty and plastic beasts
Despite challenging conditions, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers have been out on two day long boat surveys covering 80+ miles of Cornwall’s north coast.
Our marine life and human impact surveys are gathering vital evidence of what is happening along our shores out of everyday sight.
Our volunteers are amazing…Read More
Microplastics are here!
CSGRT volunteers were not surprised, but were still shocked by the findings of a recent paper by Sarah Nelms from our local University (the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus) on microplastics in seals. To cut a long story short, Sarah found half of her seals scat (poo) samples and a third of fish analysed contained…Read More
Some days we create memories that last a lifetime. Today was one of those days.
It began with too little sleep and an early start…alarm at 4.30am and a drive to Padstow in the dark.
Joining our volunteer boat survey crew at dawn proved a turning point.
Thank you Patagonia!
On May 6th, Patagonia organised the European premiere screening of ‘FISHPEOPLE’ at the Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay. Fish People is an inspiring film directed by Keith Malloy about six people, whose lives have been transformed by the sea. To our delight, Patagonia offered this as a fundraiser for us at Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) – our…Read More
Polzeath Bags of Help!
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) are delighted to announce that our partner organisation Polzeath Marine Conservation Group (PMCG) has bagged £5000 from a Tesco funding scheme ‘Bags of Help’.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all…
Partnering for safer seas
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) have spent the morning with their partners Fathoms Free at their official boat launch in Penzance conducting multiple interviews on the issue of lost fishing gear.
Chiara from World Animal Protection being interviewed by BBC Sue from CSGRT talking about the impacts of…Read More
Ghost Gear Report
Ghost Gear Report 2015/16 by CSGRT funded by World Animal Protection
What is Ghost Gear?
Ghost gear is any discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing gear in the marine environment. It is one of the biggest threats to our sea life. Ghost fishing gear affects a range of marine life in Cornwall, including grey seals a species…