Box is alive!
Seriously wounded, a seal was slashed on her rear flippers by a boat propeller as she was hand fed in St Ives Harbour on 19/08/17. The adult female seal ‘Box desk’ (Box for short) was subsequently identified from witness statements and photographic evidence taken before, during and after the incident. Box had been encouraged to…Read More
Stop feeding seals!
“Horrifying and life changing” – that’s one person’s description of the day their St Ives boat trip went badly wrong. As an enjoyable angling trip came to a close and the boat returned to St Ives harbour, customers gave in to the begging eyes of two seals – ‘Box desk’ and ‘Clouds’ following their boat….Read More
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…
Our incredible supporters survey sites on their local patch throughout the year whatever the weather!
Rob Wells and Kath Wherry survey an important south coast seal site on the Roseland and their visit on 30th January began as always with a count and overview photo of the seals. There were a good number of seals…
BNDs in the bay
What a great start to surveying in 2017!
There was absolutely NO swell, which might actually be a first for us!
Quite a way offshore we spotted some bottlenose dolphins. Not any bottlenose dolphins, but the inshore pod that move around the Cornish coast.
How do we know? We photo ID’d their fins of course…
Christmas came early
Merry Christmas to all our supporters near and far!
The biggest thank you ever to all our amazing supporters and partner organisations for their huge seal related efforts throughout 2016.
For Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Christmas came early this year.
We had the best two early presents ever!
The first came just…
Ghost was one of the first ever seal mums that I identified back in 2003. In 2016 she remains a very special seal mum who is a Cornish record breaker! We are trying to establish if she is perhaps even a world record breaker!
I first saw S112 Ghost on a magical Bonfire Night in…
Cornwall Dorset link!
In 2014, Julie Hatcher from Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) contacted CSGRT about setting up a seal photo identification project on her patch. After a successful collaboration, two years down the line we have our first (and very exciting) seal photo ID link up – adult female ‘Molar’ aka ‘Gamboling lamb’!
Named after the distinctive black patterns…
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
One of the highlights in the SW marine conservation calendar year is the SW Marine Ecosystem Conference held at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
This event aims to promote networking across relevant organisations, summarise the previous year’s marine events and explore emerging research to inform the management of our precious SW marine ecosystems.
Organised by Bob Earll, this year’s…