The seal population for the Solent area is on the up!
The Solent seal population is on the up, according to a new aerial survey.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has learned that at least 49 harbour seals are living in the Solent.
This is inclusive of 11 pups and seven grey seals.
The areas which were surveyed were Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth Harbour, Chichester Harbour, Ryde sand banks, Beaulieu and Newtown Creek.
The wildlife trust has been monitoring the number of seals for 23 years. Then, only three seals were spotted.
Seals tend to be counted in August when they moult and spend a majority of their time ashore.
Rayner Piper, Secrets of the Solent project manager at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said: “Our huge thanks to marina operator Dean and Reddyhoff for helping make the survey happen and to pilot Steve Tyas.
“We now know that our Solent seals seem to be slowly increasing in numbers, which is great news as elsewhere in the UK, harbour seal populations are in steep decline.
“We’re looking forward to next year’s survey, which we hope will show more population growth.”