British Divers Marine Life Rescue’s mission is to provide assistance to marine mammals and other species in need of help.
We do this through the training of specialist volunteer Marine Mammal Medics, which provides them with the basic knowledge, skills and expertise to enable our team to respond to a callout and act on behalf of that animal’s best welfare interests.
BDMLR responds callouts it receives when necessary – whether that is simply advising over the phone about a seal reported by a concerned member of the public to a full blown environmental disaster such as an oil spill. The charity has Medics and various pieces of specialised equipment located around the UK coast and works with rehabilitation centres and experts in many fields of animal rescue, rehabilitation, science and welfare.
Over the years BDMLR has built a reputation for its high standard experience and knowledge, and has been contacted by many overseas organisations and governments to assist with training personnel and providing rescue equipment.
BDMLR’s training programme provides knowledge of marine mammal biology, first aid, health assessment, decision making and the use of specialist equipment to ensure a successful response.
Our Marine Mammal Medics are all volunteers and can become involved in the organisation as much or as little as they want. BDMLR also provides ongoing training and skills development to ensure Medics are as highly trained and knowledgeable as possible.