Two volunteers wanted to live on tiny island and count seal pups with friend

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The volunteers will temporarily relocate to the Calf of Man (Image: Lara Howe/PA Wire)
The volunteers will temporarily relocate to the Calf of Man (Image: Lara Howe/PA Wire)

An animal charity is looking for two volunteers to live on a remote island and count seals.

The Manx Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers willing to live alone for nine weeks to carry out its annual seal population survey.

The volunteers will temporarily relocate to the Calf of Man, to conduct the yearly seal survey for nine weeks to get a better understanding of the seal population. They need two enthusiastic volunteers to conduct the 11-week survey, which includes two weeks to complete a data analysis of the findings.

Dr Lara Howe, marine officer at Manx Wildlife Trust, said: “The Isle of Man is a jewel in the Irish sea for wildlife, whether that be marine or terrestrial. With its small size, it allows you to visit plenty of great locations and habitats and see a huge variety of species without travelling miles to do so.”

Two volunteers wanted to live on tiny island and count seal pups with friend rriddqixxiqezinvThe Manx Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers willing to live alone for nine weeks (PA)

Due to its location in the gulf stream, the Isle of Man attracts a variety of marine life. This includes hundreds of seals, porpoises, whales, dolphins and basking sharks, which can be seen from mid-May to the end of August. Those taking part in the study will be provided with accommodation on the island. They will be responsible for recording the developmental stage of seal pups and for monitoring their mortality rate.

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In April, job hunters had a rather unusual opportunity up for grabs, dubbed the 'loneliest in the world.' Three uninhabited Scottish islands need a new ranger, with the current watch person set to retire after more than a decade.

The position includes looking after Mingulay, Pabbay and Berneray islands, and often involves sleeping in a tent. Jonathan Grant, 65, got the job as a ranger there more than a decade ago.

Georgia Diebelius

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