Sightings Update 11/08/19: Bottlenose dolphins

Weather conditions:  Overcast with periods of rain, wind direction W/SW, sea state 2/3

Two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging close to the harbour wall early in the morning during the first watch.  Our Living Seas volunteers continued to observe dolphins throughout the following two surveys with numbers increasing up to seven individuals present.  Later in the afternoon two more dolphins were seen foraging north of the harbour wall.  There have been regular sightings of migrating sandwich and common terns and numbers of oystercatchers in the bay have been increasing with over 30 being seen yesterday.

Sightings Update 30/07/2019: Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seal

Weather conditions: Rain , Sea state 2-5, Wind direction  N/NE/NW

Our Living Seas volunteers conducted surveys from 7am-5pm yesterday. Five bottlenose dolphins were seen at 7am. The group of dolphins were seen travelling, tail slapping, breaching and possibly foraging. During the last survey an Atlantic grey seal was seen bottling. Our volunteers also spotted numerous gannets diving, and other bird species including a sooty shearwater.

SeaSeal Update 31/08/2018: Atlantic Grey Seals

Weather conditions: fair, sea state 1, wind direction SW

It was a busy evening at Birds Rock, with a large number of Atlantic grey seals recorded by our Sea Seal volunteer. Two seals were observed hauled out throughout the entire two hour survey, with one being quite vocal. Towards the end of the survey, several more seals were spotted swimming into the area: splashing and fighting in the water once they reached the sea around the rocks. Bird sightings included oystercatchers, fulmars and a heron.

26/04/2018: Bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise

Weather conditions: Sunny, Sea state 2-3, Wind direction: SW

Our Living Seas volunteers carried out surveys from 7am to 7pm. Bottlenose dolphins were seen consistently throughout our morning surveys, leaping and tail slapping, as well as showing foraging behaviour. Harbour porpoise were spotted in the afternoon around the headland, as well as a lone bottlenose dolphin within metres of the harbour wall on the last watch of the day. Volunteers observed a range of bird life, including gannets, cormorants and oystercatchers