Out of Habitat marine mammals

If you’re interested in marine mammals you’ve probably heard about the walruses that have visited Europe this year causing a huge amount of interest and concern. They are not the only marine mammals to have turned up in places where we wouldn’t normally expect to find them and so Mark Simmonds and I organised the “Out of Habitat” Marine Mammal Workshop to investigate the matter further. The workshop took place at the end of September and we are now pleased to share the report of the workshop so please take a look if you would like to know more!

UNDER PRESSURE – The need to protect Whales and Dolphins in European Waters

Last week OceanCare published the report UNDER PRESSURE – The need to protect Whales and Dolphins in European Waters. As the editor of this report and a contributor to three of the chapters, I would like to encourage anyone interested in the threats facing cetaceans in Europe to read it and to take heed of the recommendations. Action is needed now to protect many species and populations from the threats of climate change, chemical pollution, noise pollution, bycatch, plastic pollution, disease and hunting.

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Predator Controls Article

In 2018 I received a small grant from Wild Animal Initiative to carry out some research into predator controls and how they affect animal welfare. Wild Animal Initiative subsequently funded the publication of an article I wrote on this topic and I am pleased to announce that this has now been published in the journal Animals and it is available here. The title of the article is “Animal Welfare in Predator Control: Lessons from Land and Sea. How the Management of Terrestrial and Marine Mammals Impacts Wild Animal Welfare in Human–Wildlife Conflict Scenarios in Europe.” I am very grateful to WAI for their financial support and to Mark Simmonds for his helpful comments and suggestions during the writing of the article.