In Cornwall we are blessed with a plethora of marine life right on our doorstep, from the inshore bottlenose dolphin pod, to visiting basking sharks, and even the occasional humpbacked whale. And this summer has been no different. As the seasonal visitors started their holidays, marine life exploded into action and we here in the Cornwall Wildlife Trust offices have been inundated with phone calls and emails from interested members of the public about what is happening in our marine environment. This sort of activity just goes to prove how wonderful our seas are and how the work we do researching and conserving them is very much worth our while.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust studies the county’s marine life via its Seaquest Southwest project, which is run jointly by Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trusts. It is a long-standing project that has historically relied on our volunteers and the general public sending Cornwall Wildlife Trust their records of sea sightings such as dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife. As a result, there has been a steady stream of data over the years which have given us a fantastic insight into our Cornish cetacean population, which we have in turned shared with our national partners such as Seawatch to ensure the data can be used for the better conservation of cetaceans nationally as well as locally.
Following the successes of our annual Seaquest Basking Shark and the now complete Seaquest Netsafe projects (more information on both can be found at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/livingseas), it was felt that the time had come to breathe new life into this fantastic and worthwhile Seaquest Southwest project. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine team have put their heads together in recent months to produce a programme of exciting events coming up in 2013, from public sea watch events to the launch of our new Seaquest Sundays – our new monthly sea watches in partnership with the National Coastwatch Institute.
If you would like any further information about Seaquest Southwest, find out dates of Seaquest Sunday surveys, download the newsletter, or to get involved in the county events and be added to our volunteer database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/livingseas.
Marine Conservation Officer
01872 240777 ext 208