A seal history first
For some of us, seals play a very big part of our lives. Adge Lane routinely surveys seals on his local patch in northwest Wales, keeping a watchful eye for issues and alerting others when something interesting has been seen. You just never know when a routine survey is going to turn out to be…Read More
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…
Help us help Ellis!
Ellis is a common (or harbour) seal, and contrary to their name, common seals are very uncommon around the coast of Cornwall.
Ellis was first seen in October 2009 by Claire Lewis, a warden on Looe Island Nature Reserve. It is hard to tell the sex of common seals and at first, Ellis was thought…
Our latest photo ID hub!
In 2018 a generous grant from the Postcode Local Trust (supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery) enabled us to formalise and take forward 15 photo ID hubs around the coast of Cornwall and Devon – including Lundy and the Isles of Scilly.
The latest team to join this exciting adventure with CSGRT…Read More
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…
RSPCA West Hatch
The second week of February was quite busy with talks! After two evening ones for different WI groups (Germoe District and Mylor) we had the pleasure of travelling up to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital at West Hatch to deliver an afternoon talk to the team there. Arminel (Scott) did a fantastic job of organising this…Read More
Cornwall is facing a seal pup rescue crisis. Partners CSGRT, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (CSS) and RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Hospital are hearing about unprecedented numbers of underweight seal pups around the coast in need of rescue by BDMLR. With no spare capacity at CSS and RSPCA West Hatch, BDMLR…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