Last month, popular seal pup Freddie, who entertained onlookers in London, was attacked by a dog and sadly had to be put to sleep by vets. Like many people, I was deeply saddened by this. The owner of the dog will not be charged, as 'no offence was committed'. I'm backing calls for further protections for Seals and have signed an Early Day Motion on this matter. Read it's contents here.
This tragic incident has shone a light on our Seal population in the U.K. In Gower, we have a thriving Grey Seal population, who are popular with locals and tourists. I recently heard from Gareth, who voluntarily surveys these Grey Seals on behalf of Gower National Trust.
Sadly, over the past 2 years, Gareth has witnessed an increase in disturbances of the Seals, usually caused by people getting too close to take pictures. It's often unintentional and those doing this probably aren't aware of the consequences. But, attacks have occurred after Dog owners have left their Dogs off lead around the Seals.
Gareth has been working hard to raise awareness of our Grey Seals, with the help of the UK Seal Alliance. These signs have been put up around Gower, so keep an eye out!
If you want to help keep our Gower Grey Seals safe, have a read below. Most of us have a huge respect for wildlife, and by knowing more about how our behaviour affects these animals, we can co-exist happily.