It’s been a while now that we have enjoyed seeing seals in the rowing lake at Thorpe Meadows and in the river at Ferry Meadows, and we know that our visitors really enjoy it when they spot one as part of their outing. 

However, we think it’s important to remember that whilst they appear very cute, seals are marine animals, much more suited to life in coastal areas rather than inland rivers. Their presence in a setting outside of their natural habitat can be detrimental to their health, and can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and food chain there.

The seals have ended up becoming Peterborians because they’ve been released into the tidal section of the river Nene after being rescued. But, instead of heading out to sea, they have chosen instead to head upstream and away from the coast.

With all this in mind, we are supportive of the campaign being led by the Angling Trust and Peterborough & District Angling Association, who are working hard with local partners such as the RSPCA and Environment Agency to review and change the release policy, and work towards a plan for getting these seals back to their natural home.