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Summary of National Parks & Wildlife Service surveys for common (harbour) seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), 1978 to 2003
Lyons, D.O. (2004). Summary of National Parks & Wildlife Service surveys for common (harbour) seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), 1978 to 2003. Irish Wildlife Manuals, 13. National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Governement: Dublin. 68 pp.
Part of: Irish Wildlife Manuals. National Parks and Wildlife Service: Dublin. ISSN 1393-6670, more

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Keywords
    Surveys; Halichoerus grypus (Fabricius, 1791) [WoRMS]; Phoca vitulina Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Lyons, D.O.

Abstract
    The last national estimate of common seal population was approximately 3000 in 1989 / 90 (Harrington, 1990). A recent NPWS sponsored aerial survey has estimated the 2003 population at 2905 common seals (Cronin et al. 2004). This recent survey whilst not directly comparable to previous surveys due to changes in methodology identifies a shift in the importance of common seal populations. In particular, it notes the increasing national significance of common seal populations on the south-west coast of Ireland. Recommendations are made for the continuation of regular seal surveys at certain locations and for the augmentation of survey effort at other sites.

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  • NPWS Seal Database, more

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