Sanctuary Man Dan Scoops
"Environmental Hero" Award

Cornish Seal Sanctuary animal care worker Dan Jarvis has won a prestigious "environmental hero" award.

Dan´s dedication to safeguarding Cornwall´s resident wildlife earned him the accolade in an awards ceremony staged by local Pirate FM Radio. He was nominated by his boss and Sanctuary colleague Tamara Cooper, head of the animal care team, who was delighted to see Dan´s selfless devotion to animals receives official recognition.
Dan Jarvis
Dan Jarvis rescuing a pup "He assists with the rescue and rehabilitation of up to 50 grey seal pups each year," said Tamara.

It is a physically demanding role, sometimes calling for more than 50 hours work in a week, and being the only male on the team he has to perform more than his fair share of the heavy duties.

"In spite of this he always has a smile on his face," she added.
The strenuous rescue work is far from 27-year-old Dan´s only contribution to the welfare of Cornish wildlife, however, outside work his spare time is almost totally occupied by one environmental mission or another.

A key member of British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) since 2002, his car is crammed with equipment for responding quickly and efficiently to any marine mammal incident...such as the pilot whale stranding in Falmouth just last week.
Seal rescues in remote locations have frequently seen Dan abseiling perilously to the rescue down sheer 250-foot cliffs.

Born in Birmingham, Dan moved to Cornwall about 12 years ago and took A-levels at Cranborne College before gaining a degree in marine and freshwater biology from Plymouth University. He now lives in Hayle, but is rarely at home.

Photo (right) taken by Sue Sayer of Cornwall Seal Group
Dan Jarvis - photo by taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group
As well as the activities already mentioned he is secretary of the Cornwall Seal Group, in which capacity he is currently helping coordinate opposition to controversial mineral mining proposals for a stretch of coastline from St Ives to Perranporth.
Dan Jarvis with Biffy, a rescued seal pup He also takes part in many surveys of seal colonies, and organises annual vigils to record any passing whales or dolphins for the SeaWatch Foundation.

Yet he still finds time somehow to oversee the Sanctuary´s own conservation programme and supervise students on "work placements".

And should all these duties leave him with any time of his own, he can generally be found out surfing or snorkeling.

"I love my work at the Sanctuary and in particular seeing seal pups which may have been at death´s door when rescued recover to make a successful return to the wild," he said.

In fact Dan enjoys all his activities so much he was a little bemused to receive his award.

"I didn´t think I was doing anything out of the ordinary," he said.

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Trevor Broome on 01326 221 361
Date: 25th April 2013