Sea Change: Seals
The Seal Research Trust (SRT) is renowned for its citizen science photo identification research. A key element of this work is our post release monitoring of rescued and rehabilitated seals released from a variety of centres. In 2021, SRT published a peer reviewed paper in Marine Mammal Science summarising our findings from an incredible…Read More
Loose the loop
The horrific and shocking injuries from looped items have been an issue recorded by the Seal Research Trust since 2000. Given the unique data set we hold, we are able to provide useful background evidence to help drive and support solutions to the ever worsening issue of marine plastics. This time, we collaborated with Keep Britain Tidy’s…Read More
Solid discs only!
Curiosity can kill. Seals learn through play and explore things they find in the sea. They swim over, under, round and sometimes through these objects of interest. With unbreakable plastic, this can be life threatening.
In one week, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers Andrea and Vanessa collected 6 flying rings from a single…
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