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Sea Seal Update 19th July 2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather Conditions: sunny, no wind, sea state 1

A fabulous morning at Birds Rock, with lots of activity around the cliffs! Eight Atlantic grey seals were seen during the first half of the survey, hauled out in the sunshine and in the water. Five bottlenose dolphins were observed briefly foraging and chasing fish next to the cliffs!! Three kestrel fledglings were sighted flying around Birds Rock, as well as all the usual seabirds: fulmars, cormorants and gulls. Several compass jellyfish were also recorded!

SeaSeal Update 12/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, sea state 3, wind direction N

It was a fairly quiet survey for our Sea Seal volunteer yesterday at Birds Rock. Just one Atlantic grey seal was sighted in the water at the beginning of the 2 hours, initially looking to haul out before swimming out of the survey area. Towards the end of the survey, however, five bottlenose dolphins were observed. Three adult and two young were recorded, with the two calves seen leaping, head slapping and playing with seaweed!!! A variety of birdlife was also seen: a red kite was spotted circling the cliff top and a kestrel, choughs and gannets flew past!

SeaSeal Update 07/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state: 1, Wind direction: N

It was a busy morning yesterday at Birds Rock when our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to conduct a survey. Five Atlantic grey seals were seen both in the water and hauled out on the rocks. A couple were squabbling over their position on one of their preferred haul out rocks. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted: a mother and calf were catching fish close to the cliffs.

SeaSeal Update 01/07/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: overcast, light rain, sea state 2, wind direction SW

Despite the drops of rain yesterday evening our SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock to carry out a seal survey. 4 Atlantic grey seals were seen in the water, throughout the two hour survey, bottling and diving. There were plenty of fish around and bottlenose dolphins were observed feeding – a mother and calf could be seen chasing fish just below the surface!! There was a lot of bird activity too: gannets and gulls were spotted feeding on bait balls close to Birds Rock and a kestrel flew past carrying a mouse!

SeaSeal Update 22/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction N

Our #SeaSeal volunteer headed up to Birds Rock early yesterday morning to conduct seal survey. Four Atlantic grey seals were sighted in the water: two seen bottling (pictured) throughout the entire 2 hour survey and two swimming past Birds Rock. Bottlenose dolphins were seen, with one mother and calf foraging close to the rocks for a short time. A variety of birds were also observed, including several gannets, fulmars, choughs and a peregrine falcon flying past!!

SeaSeal Update 16/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 4, wind direction SW

Our SeaSeal volunteer saw a variety of wildlife up at Birds Rock yesterday evening. A group of bottlenose dolphins were seen travelling towards New Quay and an Atlantic grey seal was spotted in the water! Lots of seabirds flew past the cliffs including red-billed choughs and a leucistic herring gull.

SeaSeal Update 06/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 1, wind direction N-NE

It was a glorious day at Birds Rock and our SeaSeal volunteer was out spotting both marine and terrestrial wildlife from the cliff top! Three Atlantic grey seals were seen, during the two hour survey, in the water and hauled out on the rocks. A group of 15 bottlenose dolphins were feeding on fish seen just below the water. Large groups of seabirds were also observed feeding. Gannets were diving amongst large groups of gulls and many guillemots and razorbills were seen below the waves. A red kite flew past Birds Rock and a young fox was seen lying in the sun next to the coastal path! Several species of butterfly were flying around the wildflowers at the top of the cliff.

SeaSeal Update 02/06/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1-2, wind direction NE

It was a busy day at Birds Rock, with two of the Big Three spotted from the cliff top, as well as a lot of bird activity. Our #SeaSeal volunteer recorded four grey seals hauled out in the sunshine. They were actively looking around, wailing and bickering with each other!

The water was exceptionally clear and shoals of fish could be seen just below the waves!! Large groups of sea birds formed on the surface, with gannets diving right into the centre. Two groups of bottlenose dolphins were also observed travelling past and leaping in the distance!

SeaSeal Update 21/05/2018: Atlantic grey seals

Weather conditions: Fair, sea state 4, wind direction NW

During yesterday’s SeaSeal survey, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted swimming past Birds Rock, in choppy sea conditions. There was also a high level of bird activity, including herring gulls nest building, choughs feeding and, at one point, a single kestrel flying past.

SeaSeal Update 21/05/2018: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and more

Weather conditions: Overcast/Fair, sea state 1, wind direction W

Our Sea Seal volunteer was up bright and early yesterday to conduct a morning survey at Birds Rock. Atlantic grey seals were spotted bottling in the water around the rocks. One of the seals was a returning visitor to Birds Rock. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted throughout the two hours: with Snowcap and her calf observed among the individuals feeding close to the cliffs.

13/05/2018: Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and more

Weather conditions: sunny, sea state 2, wind direction SW/NW

The coastal path over New Quay was a wildlife hotspot yesterday, with stunning bluebell hills and fauna giving our #Seaseal volunteers some incredible sightings. Surveys were carried out by Birds Rock, during which two of the Cardigan Bay big three were spotted!

Two Atlantic grey seals were seen hauled out on the rocks, actively watching the passing boats. Bottlenose dolphins were also sighted, with groups leaping, feeding and socialising close to the rocks for hours.

Insects such as St. Mark’s flies were out in large numbers – as were a variety of bird species, including linnets, red-billed choughs, whimbrels, wheatears and more. Finally, a rare sighting of a magpie tackling an adder was captured.

Join us for a Wildlife Walk this coming Wednesday to experience wildlife up on the coastal walk from 10:00 – 12:30.