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


2013-02-28 09:18:14

Beavers, Cubs and Seals in Hopeman

A few months ago I dropped some Business cards into Miller and Swann our local Veterinary practise along with some information about BDMLR and our seal rescue unit. One of the veterinary nurses, Judith McCulley is a Beaver and Cub Scout leader for the 1st Hopeman Scout Group, she asked if Michelle and I could do a small talk and demonstration about what to do when we get a call about a seal pup, and what people should do if they find an injured animal on the beach. Our plan was to have them all come to the Moray Seal Rescue Unit in our back garden, but due to the weather and huge interest and growing numbers it was decided it would be better to hold it in the village school hall where they meat every Tuesday.

Armed with Sammy our training Seal and a varikennel, which is a collapsible kennel we use to transport the seal pups, we headed out. We gave two talks one to the older Cub Scouts and one to the Beaver Scouts. We were received with enthusiasm and some interesting questions about what we would find on the beach, some involving sharks and spear guns, which I hope we managed to answer.

Hopeman Is a small fishing village on the Moray Firth, it has 3 lovely sandy beaches with a wealth of marine life. It was refreshing to see so many young children actively wanting to learn all about what lives in our seas, and what to do if they find something on one of the beaches. After giving the demonstration, two of the Beaver Scouts, Robert Lyall & Alex Cook, handed us an envelope with £159.50 in it. To raise the money, the Beavers took part in a sponsored mini-challenge evening, where they had to tie knots, make tracking signs, identify animal tracks and make origami animals. This was a complete shock to us and for once I was speechless, luckily this didn't last long, and I was able to thank them for doing such a great job not just in raising the money, but for paying attention and showing a willingness to do things to help protect the animals that grace shores.

We would like to thank everyone involved in with the sponsored mini-challenge, the parents, helpers leaders, but especially Judith and the Beavers.

Thank you very much again for coming along and listening to Michelle and I talk about our unit and what BDMLR do to save, not just seals but all marine life. we hope you learned something all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed giving it.


Boonie and Michelle Boon
BDMLR Medics
Moray Seal Rescue Unit


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