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…
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…
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…
Our UK speciality marine species faces multiple complex marine threats accelerated by climate change. As regular readers will know, a key escalating issue with seals is the impact of recreational disturbance of seals by individuals, outdoor activity providers and tripper companies.
There are more harbour porpoise (228K) in southern North Sea than grey seals in…
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…
Our Green Recovery Challenge Fund ‘People Protecting Precious Places’ project is all about working with new audiences to spread key environmental messages further and wider.
Our seas need saving for future generations by reaching out to build relationships with new audiences
Being a charity championing the natural world can be hard. We all feel more…
Green and blue recovery
It has been a tough year for everyone, but at CSGRT, we are ending 2020 on a high, with something wonderful to celebrate!
Excitingly, we have been awarded our biggest grant ever by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund to:
Help people have amazing seal experiences without impact
Create ‘Watching Seals Well’ resources (website, signs, leaflets)
COVID Silver lining
We’re living through unprecedented history. Whilst devastating for those suffering from or fighting the symptoms and indirect impacts of Coronavirus, there may be glimmers of a silver lining. The outbreak has enhanced our community spirit and we’ve appreciated the importance of our local environment for exercise and natural wellbeing. Let’s hope this persists beyond lockdown.
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…
Following the success of our 100th systematic seal survey for a project spanning 11 years around Looe Island by Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Looe Marine Conservation Group and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Countryfile came to town to film our partnership work along with other local features, including the wonderful Ellie Jackson following up by talking…Read More
CSGRT’s 2019 review
I am still pinching myself. What an incredible year it has been! 2019 was a landmark year for CSGRT and grey seals everywhere.
All of this has been made possible by our amazing funders, who we cannot thank enough: National Lottery Heritage Fund, People’s Postcode Lottery (Postcode Local Trust), Natural England, TEVI, LUSH cosmetics, TESCOS Bag…