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….
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
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…
Let’s Save Seals Now
At the beginning of 2019 we were very fortunate to be one of Tesco’s chosen charity for their Bags of Help scheme in Camborne. Thanks to shoppers and all of our volunteers’ support, we won the biggest share (£4000) of the grant available for January/February.
This enabled us to run our “Let’s Save Seals Now”…
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…
After 20 years, CSGRT Rangers are still discovering new things taking scientific knowledge forward about our globally rare grey seals. Lucky bunting was just 2/3 years old when she was entangled in lost trawl net, so Sue Sayer contacted British Divers Marine Life Rescue and on 12/07/16, Dan Jarvis led a rescue enabling Sue to…Read More
Free at last!
At last rescue team frees entangled seal after four-month operation.
Back on 17th May 2018, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) surveyors sighted a juvenile male grey seal in West Cornwall that was entangled around the neck with green fishing net and became known as ‘Lucky Star’ in the hope he would be able to…
Oh no x 2!
Oh no! ‘Medallion Man’ and ‘Radley’ have both been HOOKED by angling lures. Sadly this is an unintended consequence of feeding seals in harbours.
On a recent boat survey, CSGRT witnessed Medallion Man – an iconic adult male grey seal begging unmercifully around a Newquay Harbour tripper boat, from which he got fed to the delight of…
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
CSGRT global stage
As an evidence based conservation charity, CSGRT are keen to share research findings as widely as possible. Since the end of October, CSGRT has gone global reinforcing our key messages three times!
On 28/10/17 Elizabeth Hogan from World Animal Protection invited Sue Sayer to attend the Society of Marine Mammlology conference in Halifax Nova Scotia to…
Flipper gets lucky!
Last week Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust’s (CSGRT’s) Sue and Kate went out on one of their twice weekly surveys of the West Cornwall seal complex. Usually at this time of year, seals are hauled on the offshore island, but the rough seas and cooler temperatures have obviously confused the seals, leaving Sue and Kate…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…