The Seal Project was set up to monitor and reduce negative impact factors affecting grey seals and raise awareness of the importance of protecting this globally rare species.
Give wildlife space. Do not feed wild seals. Be kind. https://www.thesealproject.org/
Our current areas of focus:
1. To raise awareness of the impacts of the upcoming tourist season, recording and reacting to human disturbance and working with wider networks to develop the amount of knowledge among local visitors
2. To maintain and improve our wildlife survey boat, an intrinsically important tool in our research work.
3. To educate local groups and more widely via conferences, online work and webinars.
4. To continue to research and identify visiting seals, sharing that data with networking study groups and conservation organisations,
How your contribution will help:
Our wildlife survey boat needs funding for the following
- Increasing the survey season by applying an awning
- Currently lifted out volunteers are painting, applying anti-fouling and maintaining the bodywork.
- Engine and mechanical works are required
- Continuing mooring fees and insurances
Follow our progress on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thesealprojectuk
About The Seal Project:
Grey seals are a globally rare species with an estimated population of just 300,000 across the Atlantic. The UK hosts around 38% of the global population. There are fewer grey seals than African elephants in the wild. Our waters are crucial to the survival of this species. If we want to enjoy African elephants on safari, we expect local people to look after them on our behalves and we must do the same for globally rare grey seals on our patch.
Find out more on our website https://www.thesealproject.org/about or on our facebook @thesealprojectuk.
Hundreds of volunteer hours go into creating educational resources that will widen knowledge about seals from their life cycles, behaviours to the habitats they choose to live in, pup in and avoid. Let us know if you would like us to present our skeletons or resource boxes to your group or organisation.
Watch our 5 minute Short Film here .
Film and photography knowledge
Our volunteers have built an extensive knowledge of photographic survey and the use of film to raise awareness. Your donation will enable us to continue finding impactful ways to share the wildlife world of our local coasts. Contact us if we can help you develop your own skills.
With our 600mm photography lenses we can study seals from a safe distance to prevent potential for disturbance.
Contact us if you would like us to give a talk about local coastal habitats.
Showcasing the dynamic environment of a grey seal in Brixham Harbour. We aim to further understand behaviour and and how best to protect them during their visit to Torbay.
About Our Local Ecosystem:
Torbay is a unique coastal space, hosting a rich variety of coastal habitats and marine species in its designated Marine Conservation Zone and numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It’s many land and marine diverse habitats have been recovering in recent decades with improved water quality enabling some species to re-establish themselves. Biodiversity is essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem, which not only keeps us alive, it is fundamental for a profitable fishing industry and thriving tourist income.
We are very fortunate in Torbay to have such a contrast between a busy port and serene natural habitats. We aim to better understand their transient behaviours and share with local industry and the community to create opportunity for humans and wildlife to co-exist safely and sustainably.
Interesting project Information:
Grey seals are a mobile species which travel year round. There are a handful of exceptions to this in Torbay where individual seals have been habituated by humans and had their behaviour changed for life. Habituated seals are often observed in close proximity to humans begging for food. This is not their natural behaviour and is a direct result of the negative impact of human interaction.
One of the numerous signs placed by The Seal Project in association with Torbay Council and Torbay Harbour Authority this summer to help reduce negative human impact factors affecting grey seals in Torbay and surrounding area.
In a time of global ecological crisis, it is essential we influence and act to preserve species which inhabit and visit our delicate coastal environments. Humans are beginning to understand how they can adapt to overcome these issues by applying transferable skills to sustainable methods of land and marine use. Heritage, customs and traditions are important to coastal villages and towns and communities. Finding sustainable solutions to reduce environmental challenges will protect our communities. Your contribution makes a huge impact and we really appreciate this community support.
If you would like to discuss further any of the content in this document or would like The Seal Project to present at your event, school or organisation please get in touch.
Every contributor will be added to our membership list and we would like to send you a quarterly newsletter. You can opt out of this at any time.
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Duncan - Mobile:07801249515
Sarah - Mobile: 07818034668
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