Volunteer Opportunity to Study Wild Seals

Friday 18th August 2017

Seal Volunteers © Alex May

This Autumn Manx Wildlife Trust will be carrying out seal surveys on the Calf of Man and around the Isle of Man. We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us collect important data.

For six weeks every autumn, Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) sends volunteers to the Calf of Man to conduct seal surveys, to monitor the number of births and taking a photographic record of adults, with the aim of better understanding the Isle of Man’s seal population. This year, MWT is excited to announce that, thanks to generous funding from Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust, MWT will also be carrying out seal surveys around the shores of the Isle of Man.

Members of the public are invited to share their interest with Manx Wildlife Trust for these exciting volunteer opportunities. No training is needed for the Isle of Man Seal Surveys, which will involve six trips around the Calf over the general pupping season to count seal abundance and record their distribution. The surveys are planned to start in late September.

The Calf of Man seal surveys take place in the Autumn for around 6 weeks, starting at the end of September, to enable the survey to capture information about the pups and adult seals. Manx Wildlife Trust is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to part-take in the whole 6 weeks of surveying and a following 2 weeks of data analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to study these unique mammals for someone already with or wanting to develop their photo ID skills.

More details about the Volunteer opportunities can be found on Manx Wildlife Trusts’ website at:

Volunteer Opportunity: Calf of Man Seal Surveyor

Volunteer Opportunity: Isle of Man Seal Surveyor

Enquiries should be sent to Marine Officer, Lara Howe at lara@manxwt.org.uk.

If the public would like to get involved, MWT would love to hear about where you are seeing seals around out coast to help us build up a better picture. Any sighting can be reported to the Marine Officer Lara Howe at lara@manxwt.org.uk by providing a location and photograph, if possible.

Furrther information about these projects

1. Information About the Isle of Man Seal Surveys
Seal numbers haven’t been formally monitored around our coasts for several years, not since Manx Bird Atlas (now Manx BirdLife) undertook seal surveys as part of their monitoring programme back in 2007. So, this is a new project that the Trust is undertaking, thank to funding from Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust. The aim is to get an update number of seals around our coast and their distribution, highlighting any hot spots. The survey will involve 6 trips around the Calf over the general pupping season counting abundance and recording their distribution. The surveys are hoped to start in late September.

2. Information About the Calf of Man Seal Surveys
The seal surveys on the Calf of Man began back in 2009 and have continued ever since. The data is helping us to gain a better understanding of our seal population around the Calf and the success of the colony as a breeding site. The surveys take place in the Autumn for around 6 weeks, started the end of September, to enable the survey to capture information about the pups as well as the adults. The findings so far suggest that seal numbers are increasing on the Calf and the continued monitoring of this important site will enable us to ensure that any changes in the population are picked up sooner rather than later.

 






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