Magdalena Reynolds

CVS Laboratory Division Coastal Challenge - Walking with a porpoise

Fundraising for British Divers Marine Life Rescue
raised of £400 target
We rescue marine wildlife around the UK to relieve their suffering


  • The Event

From May the 1st till October 31st 2021 - 

Walk, swim, paddle board or kayak (or similar activity close to the coast) along the UK coast!

Record your distance on Strava (join the CVS Coastal Challenge Club if you want), or any other app so we can have a running total. Screenshots/ photos can be emailed to, but only send those you are happy to share on this page and/or with CVS!

Group walks to be organised locally - Axiom staff please keep an eye out for posters and sign up sheets.

Mileage milestones will be shared as soon as achieved, our first challenge is covering the distance between Axiom and Finn labs! That's 300 miles if we take the M5 and A421...

... with the ultimate goal being 11072 miles, the length of the UK mainland coastline!

  • The Charity

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was formed in 1988, when a few like-minded divers got together in response to a mass mortality of common seals in the Wash area of East Anglia, to do what they could for the rescue effort in response to the Phocine Distemper Virus epidemic that resulted in thousands of deaths.

Since 1988, BDMLR has been involved in the rescue of marine wildlife after every major marine disaster, including the Braer shipwreck in Shetland, the Sea Empress grounding in Milford Haven, and the Napoli shipwreck in Dorset.

Although seal rescue has remained a major component of the BDML's work, with medics rescuing animals in all seasons around the UK, it has become progressively more involved in the response to stranded and entangled cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

BDMLR were founder members of the Marine Animal Rescue Coalition (MARC), an affiliation of organisations with an active interest and involvement in the management of marine mammal strandings in the UK, with a primary focus of improving the response to live cetacean strandings. This has been achieved through sharing information and opinions, encouraging training and equipment, and consideration of the options available for the disposition of beached animals in the context of UK strandings patterns.

Every year, BDMLR trains over 1000 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics and has 20 whale rescue pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK, waiting to help stranded whales and dolphins.

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About the charity

British Divers Marine Life Rescue is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. Continuing to train teams of volunteers and maintaining specialised equipment is vital and your support will help us continue our important work.

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