People with a desire to help seals, dolphins and whales are being encouraged to take part in an upcoming training programme in Suffolk.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is hosting a Marine Mammal Medic training course at the Carlton Marshes visitor centre on Sunday to help people get more active in animal conservation.

This comes as more seals have been spotted in Suffolk with their pups in tow.

The training course provides techniques to help protect the variety of marine life seen along the British coast. The session is open to anyone over 18, with or without diving experience. 

It is a full-day training programme designed to provide basic knowledge, skills and expertise to enable volunteer teams to respond to a callout and act on behalf of that animal’s best welfare interests.

On completion of the course, people will be added to BDMLR’s Marine Mammal Medic database, which is used to alert medics of nearby animals in distress.

A BDMLR spokesperson said: "It is a fun way to learn the correct first aid techniques to help marine mammals should you come upon an animal needing help."

If you are interested in taking part, email