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…
Boat survey highlights
Our 22nd systematic boat survey from St Agnes to Trevose (STAPIP) was heavily oversubscribed yesterday! With light winds, calm seas and sunny spells forecast we were all set to have a great day.
As usual we recorded everything….marine life and human activity (outside of built up areas) and all our surveyors were kept rather busy.
CSGRT feature in BBC Wildlife magazine
In 2015, CSGRT hosted visits from freelance writer Amy-Jane Beer and photographer Nick Upton who were researching an article on grey seals for the BBC Wildlife magazine. Amy interviewed Sue Sayer in May at CSGRT HQ whilst Nick joined both Sue and Kate Hockley on a routine land based survey in June and then participated in…Read More
Marine life and people!
It’s a well known fact that Cornwall’s marine life is truly spectacular and an important asset to Cornwall’s economy! Less well known are the teams of incredible volunteers who are prepared to go out in all weathers, all year round to check up on these amazing creatures.
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) routinely…Read More
Busy giving seals a voice!
Since successfully introducing George Eustice (the DEFRA Minister for farming, food and the marine environment) to his local seals at the end of the last month, we have had a particularly busy time representing seals in our human world!
Sue, George and Kate meet the seals (including flipper tagged Beast – an ex…Read More