Marine Strandings Network

Stranded common dolphin recorded by MSN volunteers

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Strandings Network is the licensed recorder for all marine strandings in Cornwall.

The Marine Strandings Network consists of a team of over 100 volunteers who record all reported strandings of marine organisms on Cornwall's coastline. The volunteers' main activity is recording and photographing all stranded dolphins, whales and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) as well as seals, basking sharks and turtles but we also collect data on all marine life stranded in Cornwall, everything from guillemots and zulu fish to violet snails and buoy barnacles.

Call our 24hr emergency hotline: 

0345 201 2626

 to our Marine Strandings Appeal

Cornwall’s dolphins and porpoises urgently need your help. Shockingly, 2017 saw the worst marine strandings for 15 years along the Cornish coastline with a total of 249 animals washing up dead on our beaches. We need to stop this happening. Please donate to our appeal to fund vital work to better protect our dolphins.

Volunteers have been collecting data on strandings for many years and we now have over 5500 records on our strandings database, the earliest dating back to 1308! All marine records are welcome and kept by the Strandings Coordinator. The data is shared with all interested individuals and organisations.

What we can learn

Recording stranded animals provides us with information about the marine environment and the health of marine creatures. This information is vital in helping us to conserve wildlife and cannot be learnt from studying live animals.We can learn about causes of death and threats to survival, such as:

We can learn about causes of death and threats to survival, such as:

• distribution
• diet
• health and diseases
• behaviour among the same, and between different, species
• the effects of pollution
• reproduction

Supported by

Frugi, a local children's organic clothing company, helps protect Cornwall’s dolphins through donations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas marine conservation programme and our Marine Strandings Network.

A big thank you also goes to Cornwall phone for supplying our new strandings number 0345 201 2626 free of charge.

Also sponcered by Tesco Bags of Help. 

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