Making Conservation Count!
Tucked against the picturesque backdrop of the Helford River - a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas (VMCA) - the Cornish Seal Sanctuary strives to deliver a strong and reputable conservation message that befits such a significant environment.
A range of projects are currently underway around the Sanctuary, some of which you may see when you visit. Look out for a variety of nest boxes for many different creatures, including hedgehogs and woodpeckers, all made by our staff and used as part of our site-specific Biodiversity Action Plan
We record our wildlife sightings around the Sanctuary and pass them on to the local Environmental Records Centre, adding an extra piece to the ever-growing jigsaw of where different animals are found in different habitats in this County. You may spot our emerging wildflower meadow and wildlife garden area near the paddocks during your visit, which was created with the invaluable advice and assistance from staff at Trewidden Gardens, near Penzance. Also look out for the annual petition we have to support marine conservation issues. You can take the opportunity to stand up for the animals that don't have a voice to protect themselves from issues such as seal culling, whaling, pollution and overfishing.
Getting out and about...
Out in the community, we have organised annual beach cleans in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society, given talks for schools and interest groups, and assisted with fundraising events for various conservation charities.
In the meantime, members of our team regularly get their hands dirty by helping other organisations with projects such as survey work and habitat restoration, amounting to hundreds of hours of voluntary contributions each year.
We don't want to stop there though! We are looking for new ways of giving back to the natural world and in turn give our visitors the chance to experience the same enthusiasm we have for it. If you have any suggestions on how we can make conservation count, get in touch!
We're finding out what's lurking in the Cornish surf...
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary works regularly with the Marine Conservation Society on coastal initiatives which are dedicated to conserving the natural beauty of Cornwall’s coastlines.
The Big Beach Clean Up is an environmental initiative launched after the Marine Conservation Society joined forces with Marks and Spencers for a Forever Fish campaign, which aims to protect our fish stocks and the marine environment for the future.
On the 11th May 2012, the Sanctuary’s team met MCS volunteers and Marks and Spencers staff at Gwithian beach where over 41 kilos of rubbish was collected. Key litter culprits included netting, shards of plastic, discarded toys, cord, and polythene bags.
If you would like to get involved in future beach cleans, why not give our team a call on 01326 221 361.