The Canal and River Trust is looking for animal-loving volunteers to monitor the number of grey and harbour seals present in the River Tees at the Tees Barrage and observe their feeding activity.
The trust, the charity which protects and preserves 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, is hosting a training day on Thursday 23 June. The Canal and River Trust is working in partnership with Industries Nature Conservation Association (INCA) to monitor seal numbers at the barrage during the migration of salmon and sea trout.
Volunteers will record the numbers of seals, the species, and the feeding behaviour during high tide times. They will be taught how to collect the important data while watching the seals at the Tees Barrage this week.
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Phillippa Baron, heritage and environment specialist for the Canal and River Trust, says: “The survey will be conducted in hour slots at various times, depending on the tide. Some surveys are early in the morning, some in the middle of the day and others during the evening.
“Ideally volunteers will be able to complete at least one survey a week. We are seeking local volunteers who are interested in wildlife, but no prior surveying skills are required as training is offered.”
If you would like to attend the training, email: Lucy.Dockray@canalrivertrust.org.uk