Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sea Trust Pembrokeshire College new wildlife guiding courses, get qualified! new skills for the New Year..

WOW 2015,,,

WOW Spotting porpoises in Ramsey Sound...

one of our classrooms!

Bottlenose Dolphin watching in Newquay

Seabird colony N Pembs...
Common Dolphins off Pembrokeshire Coast...

Stop Press: new dates and courses for Wildlife Observer Wales courses, works out at £25 per day with 10% discount if you book all the new wildlife guiding package. 

WOW 2015

Cool Christmas presents!

Seabird Monitoring 3 days 27 – 29 may £75
A must for those looking at expanding their skill base in sea bird id and monitoring led by hugely experienced Ian Bullock (Ex RSPB manager of Ramsay Island/Pembrokeshire and international Expedition Leader) 

Our new Wildlife Guiding Courses.... 
Suggested by our old mate Elfyn Pugh! an introduction into wildlife guiding using a combination of our reworked Seabird and Cetacean courses and all new Wildlife Guide module. How to go about setting up and delivering guided wildlife walks/events/talks H&S etc with additional distance learning package for Open College Network  academic qualification.

Wildlife Guide Week Package of all three courses  6 days 

beginning 8 June – 10% discount if you do all three,,, or do it in stages at £50 per course,

Wildlife Observer Training: Seabirds
2 days 8-9 June       £50

Wildlife Observer Training: Whale, Dolphin and Porpoise 2 days 10-11 June     £50

Wildlife Guide 2 days plus distance learning
12-13 June                      £50

Incredible value, with expert leaders Marine Biologist, Powell  Strong  and  Sea Trust Founder/Director Naturalist, Cliff Benson. Half classwork, half getting out there on the fantastic Pembrokeshire Coast,(minibus transport provided) getting to grips with its amazing wildlife! 

For more info call 01437 75300 and ask about the 2015 WOW Courses or email:

Monday, 15 December 2014

Strumble diary, yep you guessed it... more porp's

Several Porpoises seen at Strumble this morning as the tide neared its peak. Most were pretty distant but I managed to get these in amongst the tide race about half a mile away... A distant diver passed by as did a single gannet but otherwise only the usual occasional auks and gulls...

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Strumble Diary, plenty to sea...

Quite a gang of us at Strumble this afternoon and despite the cold dull weather, plenty to see for those of us willing to brave the elements. 

Stephen and Tina Davies joined Rhian, Cristina and the walrus at the Strumble lookout. Apart from some amusement with a seal eating a fish then being pestered by gulls, we also recorded quite a few porpoises.

Our Click Count survey gave us an average of 11.75 porpoise sightings for the hour... I doubt if there was anyone else in the UK or Wales getting comparable results but the odds are we were the only ones out there looking!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Stormy Strumble dairy

Wdig birder, Adrian Rodger and my old mate Ricardo Davies got there before us and clocked up a few nice birds, We hung in there for an hour trying to get some pic's or video but failed to get any of the four or five porpoises we glimpsed in the mountainous seas. Maybe we should have been with Adrian a bit earlier to get the porp's but we did clock up another Manxie for him, and a Skua Sp. ... (Probably a Juv Pom) 

Extract from Strumble Head Seawatching blog... 

Time: 08.00 - 13.30
Weather: Cloudy, Rain Showers
Wind: WNW 6/7 - NW 6/7

Common Scoter - 6 ( All Males )
Red Throated Diver - 10
Great Northern Diver - 4
Fulmar - 350
Manx Shearwater - 13
Pomarine Skua - 3 ( All Juvs )
Long Tailed Skua - 1 ( Juv )
Bonxie - 4

Porpoises showing occasionally in the rough sea conditions.

Only Richard Davies ( Ammanford ) & myself braved the very chilly conditions this morning but it was worthwhile.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Strumble diary: Wet and windy but still porpoises...

Very wet and windy at Strumble today although from the south west. We were in the lee a bit, being north facing and sheltered from the bigger waves but the driving rain reduced light and visibility. We saw several Porpoises in several different places including a tail slapping individual but I failed to get a pic' On the other hand Cristina did get some video! and another Manxie (or the same?) passed westwards again also a red throated diver passed by floating along on the strongly ebbing tide... Cristina's Video to follow...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Strumble diary: more porps but no porp pic's...

Another stormy day at Strumble... and yet in amongst the maelstrom created by the northerly gale and big tide we still spotted half a dozen porp's feeding beneath the gannets and gulls. 
Sadly the best I could do pic' wise was the splash of one as the gannet dived in... Still, another day, another porpoise day at Strumble. Surprise of the day was a Manxie (Manx Shearwater) seen passing as I thawed out in the car..

Better late than never! some great video shot by Mark Hipkin from (rather well named) Common Cliff on the Gower!

Mark tried to get this to us earlier but our web page messed up....sorry Mark click on the link for Marks footage!

My initial attempt was some narrative to go along with the amazing sighting that Emma-Louise Cole and I experienced from Common Cliff, Gower, last Thursday. We had 27+ Common Dolphins and I took video of them with my iPhone through the scope. The video is on youtube and I attach the link but I’m afraid I won’t have time to make the sighting any more personal by recollecting the narrative.

If it’s of use to you then please feel free to use it.Keep up the good work with the blog, I enjoy your enthusiasm very much indeed. It continues to be my pleasure to have a link from the GRC Forum Blog (here in Glamorgan) to your very interesting local blog, which has been place permanently in our sidebar for well over 12 months.

Best wishes and best of luck.

Mark Hipkin

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Strumble Diary, surf porps!

With north westerlies gusting at over 30 mph Strumble was truly awesome today. We thought our chances of getting porpoises were slim but of course its Strumble Head, and of course they were there but a bit tricky to snap! Not brilliant porpoise images but still proof if proof were needed that Strumble deserves to be protected!!!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Strumble Diary Thurs 4th Dec

Just a few more Strumble porp pic;s from today. It was getting dark and although the sea state was good the tide was not right, none the less probably five or six different porp's about...

Strumble Diary... Video link...