Help for you…

This section has information for members of the public

The UK’s coastline is about 19,000 miles, which is a lot of places to find marine wildlife and for animals to get in distress. BDMLR operates around as much of this coastline as it can. However, our eyes and ears on the ground are members of the public. As you visit the coast you can come into contact with a plethora of marine life from seals to whales.

Should you find a marine animal that may need help, there are a few things you can do to help us ensure the animal gets the right help.

Get an accurate identification:
A proper identification of species and its approximate size can be very useful to our Hotline Coordinator to help deploy enough resources sooner – photos or videos are extremely helpful.

Know the procedure:
There are a few things you can do to help a seal or dolphin on a beach. This could be to simply stand and watch its behaviour to render some emergency first aid.

Know the threats:
Wildlife of all kinds faces an array of threats, here you will find some of them which could be the cause of the problem.

Find out more:
As an animal welfare organisation BDMLR works with scientists, vets and wildlife rescue organisations and has collated some interesting information.