Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Marine Strandings Appeal

Cornwall’s dolphins and porpoises urgently need your help. Shockingly, 2017 saw the worst marine strandings for 15 years along the Cornish coastline. We need to stop this happening.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2018 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2018


Registered Charity in England and Wales (214929)







In 2017, 249 dolphins and porpoises were found by our strandings network. Scientists estimate that only 5-10% of animals dying at sea get washed ashore, which means last year up to 4,980 cetaceans may have died around our coastline. Key local threats include bycatch, as well as raise in toxic water levels and plastic pollution. We want to know more about why this is happening, and how we can stop this continuing.


We need to stop this happening. Until we can act however, vital research needs to be carried out to establish the exact cause of death of these animals. Your donation will allow us to gather data to be analysed and compile strong evidence to enable us to work proactively, in partnership with fishermen and other marine organisations, to find solutions and influence decisions to protect our cetaceans better.