Seaquest Southwest

Seaquest Southwest is a citizen science marine recording project run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Marine Team and in collaboration with Devon Wildlife Trust. It is one of the Team’s fantastic marine projects aimed at conserving and protecting marine wildlife and wild places for future generations.

Seaquest Southwest uses public events, surveys and activities to engage with volunteers and members of the public to achieve its three main aims: to engage people with the marine environment; to collect data on marine wildlife; and to better understand and conserve marine wildlife. Seaquest has been running now for over 20 years and collects sightings data on the abundance and distribution of marine megafauna around the Cornish coast. As a result, there has been a steady stream of data over the years which have given us a fantastic insight into our Cornish cetacean population.

Seaquest Southwest Aims:
• To engage people with the marine environment.
• To collect data on marine wildlife.
• To better understand and conserve marine wildlife.

Seaquest Southwest organises an exciting programme of events, from public seawatches, Seaquest Sunday surveys, and an annual recorders conference. To find out more please see our seasonal timetable of events at the bottom of this page.

Recent sightings

To find out what marine wildlife has been seen recently go to the ERCCIS website which has a map and table of sightings.

How you can help

When you're out and about, keep a look out for marine wildlife then send us your sightings and you can help protect these beautiful creatures. Send your ad hoc sightings to Online wildlife Recording Kernow and Scilly (ORKS) at 

Get involved!

To get involved or to just find out more, please email



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