A new blog has started about SMRU's project studying Harbour Seal population trends in Scotland.
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) has been conducting surveys since the late 1980s to monitor the populations of harbour seals in Scotland. The aerial surveys occur in August during the annual moult, when the greatest and most consistent numbers of seals are found ashore. These counts provide with a minimum number of harbour seals in each area, which is an index of population size.
The ongoing project will focus in sites with contrasting population trajectories. Data will be collected mostly during spring and summer, focusing the effort during the breeding season, in June and July. In August, when the harbour seals moult and spend more time ashore, project scientists will conduct aerial surveys to do a moult count.
You can find out more on the Harbour Seal Decline Project blog.
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contact: Dr Monica Arso Civil