Cornish bottlenose dolphins facing extinction
Cornwall Wildlife Trust has launched an urgent appeal to save Cornwall’s resident group of bottlenose dolphins
Numbers have halved since the 1990s, leaving the estimated population at only 15 individuals.
While Wales and Scotland have designated Special Areas of Conservation specifically to protect their resident dolphin populations, Cornwall's bottlenose dolphins are not officially recognised as a ‘resident’ population by the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodie, leaving the group without protection.
'Bottlenose dolphins are astonishing: their brains are huge, much bigger than ours. They have and regularly use individual names. They share cultural knowledge in their groups of how to hunt and survive in their home area. In Cornwall our local inshore group is not thriving in the way they should around our rich coastline.', Dr Nick Tregenza, Marine Conservation expert and Cornwall Wildlife Trust Trustee, explains.
The Bottlenose Dolphin Appeal is aiming to raise raising £21,000 for a research project on the dolphins' feeding and breeding areas in order to determine how to conserve the animals.
A coordinated dolphin monitoring programme will provide the scientific data to support records from the public which involves land and boat-based surveys as well as the use of so-called C-PODS, or underwater acoustic listening devices.
All data will be verified and validated by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERRCIS) and analysed by marine experts to identify dolphin 'hot-spots'.
So far, the campaign has raised more than £8,000, but more money is needed to implement the project.
To donate please:
- Post a cheque payable to Cornwall Wildlife Trust to Dolphin Appeal, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ
- Go online to www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/dolphinappeal
- Call (01872) 273939 (credit card donation only)
- Text DOLP15 £10 to 70070
- Donate and fundraise online at JustGiving: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cornwallwildlifetrust/dolphin