News Flash 10.10.16
After months of work by committee members, Hattie and David, Friends of Horsey Seals today received notification from the Charity Commissioners that our application for registration as a charity has been accepted.
This is what we had been hoping for, and this sentence from the Commissioners’ email sums it up:
We are satisfied that FRIENDS OF HORSEY SEALS is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1169539.
When you are at the seaside it’s always a thrill to encounter Uk’s two native seals, grey or harbour (common) and their innate curiosity makes them appear confiding and cute, But to protect yourself, your children, and pets from injury, it is sensible to remember these are wild animals. They are big, strong, and have sharp teeth. While being naturally wary of humans and dogs, feeding by well-meaning visitors in some areas – see the report from St Ives, Cornwall – has tempted them to lose some of that caution in favour of easy pickings, and this can lead to accidents when people get too close and might be accidentally bitten as a seal snatches food from their hand.
A seal bite, accidental or not, can lead to serious infection if not treated quickly. Don’t try to touch them – the seal might feel threatened, or think you are holding out food and make a grab for it.
The current craze for “Pokemon Go”, and getting close-up photos of the animals, are also causes for concern. Take care, be safe, don’t spoil it for others: enjoy your seaside holiday; enjoy watching the seals, but do it from a safe distance.
This link opens recent UK Government guidance on seal watching | Marine developments.
Click on the links embedded in the guidance to see recent relevant articles.
Friends of Horsey Seals held their 4th Annual General Meeting at Martham Village Hall on Saturday 11th June 2016. An annual review by chairman, Peter Ansell, and the group’s financial statements for the year to 31st March 2016, are included in the minutes of the meeting. Please click on the link:
AGM 2016- minutes
To watch a presentation of the seal wardens’ survey carried out in February 2016 with the results, click on the INFORMATION page In the WARDENS section of the website (accessible by seal wardens only). Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the presentation.
Twin grey seal pups, born on the dunes at Horsey Gap on 28th November 2015, were released by staff from RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. The release returned the pups to their birthplace. A short video report courtesy of BBC News is available via the link below.
Link to BBC News report and video of the release of twin pups at Horsey Gap on 22nd March 2016