|Protection of Local Habitats
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 site, 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, made by the staff especially for them to use as part of the site-specific Biodiversity Action Plan.
The staff record the 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 the Sanctuary´s 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 the sanctuary have for a particularly important marine conservation issue, so you can take the opportunity to stand up for the animals that don´t have a voice to protect themselves from things such as seal culling, whaling, pollution and overfishing.
Out in the community, the Seal Sanctuary 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 the team regularly get their hands dirty by helping other organisations with things such as survey work and habitat restoration, amounting to hundreds of hours of voluntary contributions each year.
The Sanctuary don´t want to stop there though, so as well as continuing with the above in the future, they are looking for new ways of giving back to the natural world and in turn give their visitors the chance to experience the same enthusiasm they have for it.