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…
As you may know already, we have a very special member of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust – an adult male grey seal skeleton called Septimus!
Since joining CSGRT, Septimus has had a rather busy schedule – so busy in fact, that his partner in crime Rob Wells has to keep a separate diary for…
It’s been a busy month for the team at CSGRT HQ, so we are a bit behind in telling you that…
We were on Springwatch!
Bright and early on the 15th of May, we met the lovely Springwatch team down at Newquay Harbour – a regular survey base for us, as it is where…
Fundraising for seals
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) are hugely grateful to our amazing team of volunteers who brave all conditions to monitor grey seals on the Lizard every single day, all year round.
These inspiring people not only record and photograph seals on a daily basis, but they process these photos to identify the individual seals…
Our amazing volunteers keep a constant watch over our precious seals.
Nichola’s eagle eyes spotted a large rockfall on the West Cornwall haul out beach on Friday.
This is not the first time seals have been at risk from rockfalls here and several have been killed in previous cliff collapses.
There is one young…Read More
This week our volunteer CSGRT boat survey team completed our springtime STAPIP (St Agnes to Trevose) boat based survey.
We have been running these surveys since October 2011, so this was our 28th time surveying this coastal transect!
Awesome surveyors …Read More
What a surprise to find adult male ‘8 Horns’ resting peacefully on the foreshore during my routine West Cornwall survey last week!
He is a bit of a celebrity you see! In the seal world we never know who will catapult themselves to fame next and this was 8 Horn’s turn!
8 Horns in…Read More
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
Leave as you find!
Our fabulous volunteer, Haley Dolton (from University of Exeter, Penryn) made us a beautiful ‘infographic’ leaflet describing the ideal seal interaction showing how to watch seals safely!
Do you watch seals from land? If so, here’s our advice about how to get the best view of seals.
Seals need to spend time on land to rest,…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
This week our Rangers (Marion, Katie, Emily, Sarah and Stacey) and Trustee team (Sue and Kate) spent a day training alongside Natural England team member Kate S, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members Cathy and Annie and Tina who runs Our Only World charity. Generously hosted by Tina in Polzeath, we all enjoyed the inspirational floor…Read More