SNH Research Report 1005 - Aerial survey of harbour (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Scotland in 2016: Orkney and the North Coast, the Moray Firth and part of East Scotland

This report presents the results of aerial counts of harbour seals and grey seals during August 2016 along sections of the Scottish coastline. The results suggest a continuing decline in harbour seal numbers in Orkney, whilst numbers in the Moray Firth show a modest increase from the previous count, and numbers in east Scotland remain at historically low levels. The 2016 surveys are the first year of a planned four year programme to survey the entire Scottish coastline. Further surveys have been undertaken in 2017 and 2018 and are proposed for 2019. 

Pages: 35
Published: 2019


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