British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2019-01-29 15:07:25

Annual Report for 2018

We have recently completed our annual report for 2018 which can be viewed on our Facebook page.

All of the callouts we had through the year are broken down by year, month, region and species (bear in mind this does not mean they were all rescued - some could be false alarms, animals that turned out to be okay and needed no further action etc). Of course the main headline is that we had another record year in row with 1458 callouts received by our hotline - 28% up on 2017! A significant part of this was driven by the increase in severe storms and their effect on seals particularly in the first few weeks of the year, but there are lots of reasons why different areas and times of the year are busier than others.

This is a great opportunity to really show what we deal with throughout the year and it is with our most heartfelt thanks to our amazing and enthusiastic volunteer Marine Mammal Medic and Area Coordinators that we've been able to deal with them all. We of course can't forget the incredible dedication of our Out Of Hours Hotline Coordinators who cover evenings and weekends and keep things going too!

We would also like to thank our partner organisations who we work with to carry out rescues, and the rehabilitation centres that care for the rescued seal pups as well. They all do a fantastic job and again we are very grateful for the support and teamwork they provide to help do what it right for the animals in need.

Behind the scenes our team are also working on a number of projects to further the conservation and research into marine mammals on a variety of subjects from disturbance issues to entanglement to cetacean captivity. We are active members of Dolphinaria-Free Europe, Pinniped Entanglement Group, Thames Marine Mammal Working Group, Scottish Entanglement Alliance (blog: Disentangling a Whale of a Problem), and the Seal Alliance!

We should recognise and appreciate the tireless work of our three staff members Julia Cable (National Coordinator), Dan Jarvis (Welfare Development and Field Support Officer) and Teri Charlton (Charity Administrator) too. Between them they manage the daily operations of BDMLR as it continues to get ever busier with each passing year not only with callouts, but also with organising more courses and training, dealing with public and media enquiries, student projects, forming new partnerships and attending various meetings and conferences too. We also need to thank our board of Trustees (Alan, Mark, Geoff, Gavin and Faye) for their leadership and in overseeing what we do as a whole as well.

We have an exciting year ahead of us and hope to bring you some new developments in due course, but in the meantime to all our team, a huge well done to you all and keep up the brilliant work!

If you would like to support our work and help us with rescuing marine mammals around our coastline then please visit our Justgiving page: