Sanctuary Appeals to put Wildlife First

A new sign packed with information about what to do if you come across wildlife in need has been erected at its first coastal location in Cornwall.

The beach signage was created by The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, with help from Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, The RSPB, 2 Minute Beach Clean, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and The Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group and was funded by the SEALIFE Trust.

The sign includes information on what to do if you come across a seal pup on the beach, who to call, seal behaviours and how to look after other wildlife. The inspiration behind the sign is to help beach goers understand the local wildlife and how they can help.

Although the project has been in the pipeline for a number of years, recently it has become increasingly prominent how vital the signage is. One example of this is the story of Twister, a seal pup who sadly passed away due to members of the public encouraging him back into the sea.
Sanctuary Appeals to put wildlife first
Tamara Cooper, Curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary said "It is often simply people with the best of intentions that are unaware of what to do in the situation. We hope that our beach signage will be used as a helpful guide to anyone on the beach who finds themselves needing advice on seals and other wildlife".

The first sign was erected on Saturday 15th December 2018 at Portreath by local company RH Signs. Pat Kessell, Chairman of Portreath Association Limited (PAL) was delighted that Portreath was the first location for the sign as he regularly receives questions from concerned members of the public.

Pat Kessell, PAL Chairman said "We´re delighted to have the beach sign up at Portreath, we don´t normally have advertising here but it´s such useful information and we hope lots of people will benefit from it".

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary team currently have several beach locations in the pipeline; however, they are appealing to beach guardians to get in touch if they would be happy to have one of the signs up.

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary / The SEA LIFE Trust
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 18th December 2018