With an aim to remove ghost nets, the NDMP crew are equipped to attend call outs of sightings within the North Devon area. The danger with ghost nets or gear, (lost or discarded fishing gear including line, nets and pots) is the danger of wildlife become entangled, potentially leading to fatalities, hence the name ghost nets.
It's import you don't attempt to remove the debris yourself; nets can be weighted and heavy, anchored to rock etc and lines could have hooks or other dangerous debris caught within. If you find ghost gear, please call the REMOVAL HOTLINE on 01271 850 280 / 07836 205 762 Also note, the sooner it's called in, and with an exact location, the sooner it can be retrieved; unanchored gear could carry on the next tide.
To learn more about ghost nets, see our conservation page.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was formed in 1988, when a few like-minded divers got together in response to a mass mortality of common seals in the Wash area of East Anglia, to do what they could for the rescue effort in response to the Phocine Distemper Virus epidemic that resulted in thousands of deaths.
Since 1988, BDMLR has been involved in the rescue of marine wildlife after every major marine disaster, including the Braer shipwreck in Shetland, the Sea Empress grounding in Milford Haven, and the Napoli shipwreck in Dorset. BDMLR are available throughout the UK, responding to injuries, abandonment and disentanglement of marine mammals as well as operating facilities such as their new seal sanctuary in Cornwall.
How you can help
If you find a seal, dolphin, whale or other marine life stranded or in distress, please help by keeping yours and others distance and calling the RESCUE HOTLINE on 01825 765546. BDMLR medics will arrive on scene to help. You can learn more about their incredible work by clicking on their logo above.
Grey seal; Jade Powis
If you have found an otter, it is critical to get the animal to the best possible place for care. The first few hours can mean the difference between life or death to these vulnerable mammals. Please call the contact below – advice will then be given over the phone after asking a few basic questions about the specific animal and scenario. UKWOT will then make arrangements for the animal to be collected, as they require very specialist care and do not make good pets. All of the orphaned cubs are released, fully fit, back into the wild after a year-long rehabilitation program.
PLEASE PHONE 01769 540560 OR 07866 462820.
After finding an otter, please also follow the simple advice below until you have spoken to UKWOT:
– Do not give the otter normal milk – otters are lactose intolerant and it may choke them
– Do not handle the otter – apart from placing it in a box with a blanket/towel for them to lay on and hide in
– Keep all pets, dogs, and other animals away from the otter
– Keep the otter in a very dark and quiet area where it won’t be disturbed
– Do not put the otter near a radiator or anywhere it will get too hot; or, conversely, anywhere it will get too cold. Bear in mind that the blanket or towel placed in its box will be used by the animal to warm up
For further information and contact numbers across the UK, please click here.