Grey Seal Ecology and the Effects of Disturbance on Breeding Colonies


The programme will begin with an introduction to seal ecology, physiology and anatomy which will help delegates’ identify grey seals and estimate the likely sex and age of individuals. We will also look at how coat patterns can aid individual identification.

We will then look at the distribution of grey seals around the UK coast and discuss their diet. We will discuss the grey seal’s diving ability and feeding strategies.

Next we will discuss breeding, including the mating process and look at how to identify un-weaned and weaned pups.

We will then discover the effects of human disturbance and threats during pupping season and moulting periods and the threats that grey seals face from plastic, fishing gear and pollution. We will finish with a description of injuries and wounds inflicted on grey seals and the role of BDMLR and wildlife centres in seal rescue and rehabilitation.


This webinar will be presented by Lorna Bointon from Qualiteach Education & Ecology Training. Primarily a botanical and ecological writer and trainer, Lorna is also a Sea Watch Foundation regional coordinator and a marine mammal medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue. She is passionate about the marine environment from phytoplankton at the base of the food chain up to apex predators such as seals and cetaceans at the top of the food chain.

Having a foot in both educational and ecological camps Lorna has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and writing educational and ecological resources, including a BBC Springwatch Blog. She is also an assessor and internal verifier, writing and moderating for two examining boards.


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