The Seahorse Trust has been nominated by ebay as ‘charity of the week’ for the week of 18 April

March 7th, 2011 by Neil Garrick-Maidment

The Seahorse Trust has been nominated as charity of the week on ebay in the week starting the 18 April 2011. You can help to raise funds for the Trust by nominating it as your charity if you buy or sell on ebay.

The long-spined seahorse, Hippocampus guttulatus, attached to eel grass (image courtesy of The Seahorse Trust - click image to expand)

The Seahorse Trust is already an ebay charity and so you can donate to the charity while buying or selling at anytime but it is an honour to be nominated as their charity for the week.

Please encourage your friends and familly that use ebay to donate to The Seahorse Trust in the week starting the 18 April.

At the checkout nominate The Seahorse Trust to receive your donation.

The Seahorse Trust runs the British Seahorse Survey.  It is partly funded by and in partnership with Natural England, PADI Project Aware, Marine Conservation Society, Care For the Wild International, Ocean Pulse, Seahorse Ireland, Project Seahorse and Divers Down and through kind donations from the public. The survey, which was established in 1994, monitors the populations of the two indigenous Seahorses around the British Isles and Ireland. This information will be used to form the basis of legal protection and conservation strategies for these highly vulnerable and environmentally sensitive animals.

It had been thought that both species of seahorse found in British waters, the spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) and the short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) were only seasonal visitors to the British Isles and Ireland but the surveys show that they are native to our waters and occupy coastal waters all around Ireland and from the Shetland Isles down the west coast to the Isles of Scilly and then along the south coast to Kent with some historic sightings in Norfolk.

Sue Daly is the regional survey coordinator for the Channel Islands.

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