2020: Extraordinary year
At Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT), we described 2018 as a landmark year, 2019 saw us riding a wave of success, which we managed to sustain in 2020 despite COVID19. Below are excerpts from CSGRT’s 2020 Annual Report. Click here to read or download the full report.
We began 2020 with 4 paid rangers….
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…
COVID19 and seals
We are all living through an unprecedented period in history. Whilst devastating for those who have suffered from or are fighting the symptoms and indirect impacts of Coronavirus, there may be glimmers of a silver lining. The outbreak seems to have enhanced our community spirit to take action to help each other and the most…Read More
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
Kurt Augusta Septimus
Seals are part of Cornwall’s heritage having been around for around 8000 years! Art is a key component of Cornwall’s cultural heritage too.
On Friday 21st February these two worlds aligned as Septimus and Augusta (CSGRT’s 2.4m adult male and .92m 3 day old pup skeletons) visited the Jackson Foundation Gallery in St Just in…
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…
Seals never cease to surprise us with their behaviour and this year has been no exception!
In 2019, we have had seals from a huge area visiting Cornwall arriving from all directions!
On 25th March on one routine survey at a single haul out site in West Cornwall we photographed seals visiting us who have…
As you may know already, we have a very special member of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust – an adult male grey seal skeleton called Septimus!
Since joining CSGRT, Septimus has had a rather busy schedule – so busy in fact, that his partner in crime Rob Wells has to keep a separate diary for…
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…
What a surprise to find adult male ‘8 Horns’ resting peacefully on the foreshore during my routine West Cornwall survey last week!
He is a bit of a celebrity you see! In the seal world we never know who will catapult themselves to fame next and this was 8 Horn’s turn!
8 Horns in…Read More