As founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre Steve Hartley has been involved since its conception in 1996. Alongside assisting with the management of the CBMWC as a volunteer, Steve makes a living running the original eco-tourism operation in New Quay, Dolphin Survey Boat Trips that he set up in 1994. He is an experienced skipper with over 35 years experience and is also second coxwain of New Quay Lifeboat.
Steve is a former fisherman and over the years has been involved with numerous research projects concerning the marine life in Cardigan Bay both as a charter skipper and researcher and was involved with the original bottlenose dolphin photo-identification research projects that most of today’s photo-identification work in Cardigan Bay stems from. Steve was involved in helping initiate the designation of the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation and has carried out a great deal of work over the years to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment in Wales and the conservation of the species and habitats found within it.
Dr Sarah Perry
As the Living Seas Science Officer, Dr Sarah Perry heads up the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Living Seas Marine Team based at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC). She is responsible for managing the Living Seas team and the work of the CBMWC, managing the scientific research as well as developing the overall work of the Living Seas team.
Sarah has been involved with CBMWC since 2003 when she first came to New Quay as a volunteer and has been involved with the project ever since! Sarah studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and has a PhD on developing predictive habitat models of megafauna distribution from Aberystwyth University.
Sarah is a marine biologist with a passion for the marine environment and has played a major role in the development of the CBMWC. Previously as Project Manager her work has included redeveloping the CBMWC visitor centre, managing the research work as well as the day to day operations and development of the CBMWC as well as coordinating all the fantastic volunteers involved in the project. Sarah has also previously worked for Wildlife Trusts Wales as Marine Campaigns and Advocacy Officer, her work there focusing on Marine Act implementation alongside other well known eNGO’s, but she continued to volunteer at CBMWC in her spare time.
Laura first joined the CBMWC Living Seas Team as a volunteer in March 2015. Now as Living Seas Volunteer coordinator she coordinates the Living Seas volunteers at CBMWC and develops the volunteering programme being instrumental in helping us to achieve the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Award in 2017 for our volunteering opportunities.
Laura has always been passionate about marine mammals and the marine environment. She studied Zoology with Marine Zoology at Bangor University, graduating in 2012. After leaving university she spent 7 months as an intern studying bottlenose dolphin behaviour at the BDRI in Sardinia. Laura assisted with land and boat based field work, data entry and photo identification of dolphins.
She returned to university in 2013 to study Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2014. Her masters project focused on communication in European fiddler crabs.
Aline, a Zoology graduate, joined CBMWC Living Seas team in January 2018. In her role as Project Officer, she delivers environmental education and community marine awareness activities at CBMWC as well as the day to day coordination of the Living Seas volunteers at CBMWC and the day to day functioning of CBMWC’s visitor centre.
Following a 17 year career in the biopharmaceutical sector, Aline took on the role of Assistant Warden with CCW at Dyfi National Nature Reserve in 2009, and has since worked and volunteered with a variety of nature conservation organisations in west Wales, including the Vincent Wildlife Trust and Denmark Farm Conservation Centre.
In her spare time, Aline enjoys bird-watching and walking and is an active member of her local bat group.
Marine mammal acoustician Dr Stephanie King
Stephanie is a marine mammal acoustician who has over 10 years experience working in the marine mammal field. Stephanie originally volunteered at CBMWC in 2006, assisting with CBMWC’s bottlenose dolphin photo-identification. She gained both her Masters and PhD on marine mammal acoustic behaviour from the Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews and has previously worked as an environmental consultant looking at the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals. Stephanie’s work has led her all over the world working with many different Tursiops populations as well as other species. Stephanie is now a Society in Science, Branco Weiss Fellow and is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Most of her research has focused on bottlenose dolphin communication and their use of highly individualised signature whistles. In her spare time she volunteers at the CBMWC to facilitate the collection of acoustic data.
Our local volunteers
Sue retired to New Quay in November 2009 after spending some time in the North East having moved away from the West Midlands in 2001. Sue loves the theatre, both actively participating and going to see shows. In the 2 years before moving to New Quay, she and her husband Barry were involved in a touring production of a show, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She also has a keen interest in Art and Crafts and enjoys reading, walking, travelling and has become very interested in all aspects of conservation – particularly marine – since becoming a volunteer. Sue manages our small gift shop and volunteers in the visitor centre.
Sarah is originally from Buckinghamshire but has lived in the New Quay area for over 30 years. She trained as a teacher, after obtaining a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University, and then taught science for Voluntary Services Overseas in Fiji for a year, followed by several years teaching biology in comprehensive schools in northern England. Sarah moved to Wales to embark on a new career which involved keeping dairy cattle and growing organic vegetables whilst raising a family. After several years of farming she started supply teaching at local schools. Sarah has also worked at a small biotechnology firm in the Quality Control laboratories and in Quality Assurance.
Sarah has developed a keen interest in the wildlife of the coast and surrounding waters and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to contribute to public awareness of marine conservation by volunteering at CBMWC. Sarah first volunteered at CBMWC in March 2013 and has been helping to monitoring marine mammal activity from the land and the sea, updating the database, manning the Centre and beach-cleaning every since. Sarah also assists with the CBMWC seal photo-identification work.
Dave Martin graduated in 1970 after studying Physics at Birmingham University. He moved to South Wales in 1983 pursuing a career in manufacturing and construction finally retiring to New Quay in 2012. Dave is a keen walker which developed into an interest in the natural world from all the sightings on his walks. He has previously undertaken voluntary survey work for the British Trust for Ornithology. Dave joined the CBMWC volunteer team in October 2015 wishing to contribute to the preservation of the wildlife that he enjoys seeing so much. When not volunteering he is most likely to be found walking on the coastal path or when the weather is warmer out on his kayak.
If you would like to become a local volunteer, find out how here.