Order print   subscribe200

dolphins cornwall

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:




Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

Aqaba side finalBahamas side finalPhilippines 300x100 4

Mexico280 sthelena

DIVE Partners

WAKATOBI DIVE-online-300x100-B300x100 new buttonSiladen 300x100Egypt2016-1Sportif Dive online 2Aggressor 300x100Fisheye banner 300 x 100Oblu 100px X 300px


Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below

PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final