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…
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)
Simon Reeve in Cornwall
It had been an incredible year for media coverage here at CSGRT with appearances on Countryfile and Springwatch by the time Freddie from Beagle Media got in touch. Freddie was directing and producing a new TV series. He would be documenting writer and presenter Simon Reeve as he journeyed across Cornwall to explore the incredible…Read More
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…
Septimus & Springwatch
My name is Septimus (#SeptimusSomeSeal) and I am an adult male grey seal – technically a dead grey seal skeleton! Amid Coronavirus lockdown easing, I was asked to appear on National TV on my favourite programme of all time – Springwatch! After sorting out some logistical issues, my chaperone (Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust’s Director…Read More