Tracking Seal Activity

Where do seals swim? Their movement patterns will help us understand how they interact with our offshore wind farms.



The Wash is an area located on the East coast of England where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It's also an area where we have some of our operational offshore wind farms. To better understand this area and the wildlife that surrounds it, we have invested in reserach, particularly looking at the impact of offshore wind farm construction on seal populations.

The study:
We commissioned the Sea Mammal Research Unit to deliver a survey programme deploying GPS tags on harbour seals. The tags, which will be lost when the seals moult their fur in the summer, will monitor seal movement patterns at sea. By comparing data from wind farm construction sites and operational wind farms, we hope to gain a better understanding of seal movements in relation to wind farms.