Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sea Trust Dolphin Surveys 2014

Sea Trust will be running a number of boat trips aboard the Cartlett Lady again in summer 2014. The Cartlett Lady is a 13.5 Ton Lochin Sportfisherman with twin engines and in the capable hands of skipper and owner Andy, provides an excellent, stable platform for observation.

The primary aim of these trips is to survey Common Dolphins and other cetaceans found in Pembrokeshire's waters. They also, however, provide an excellent opportunity to see and photograph other marine life such as Grey Seals and a wide variety of sea birds at close quarters. Click here for some photos from Sea Trust Pelagics in recent years.

This year we will be offering 2 forms of trips, dates are as follows:

Sundays - 18th May, 8th June, 22nd June, 13th July, 27th July, 10th August, 17th August, 31st August, 7th September and 28th September.

These trips  are full day trips and will run from 10am-5/6pm and are £80 per person.

Thursday evenings - 29th May, 3rd July, 17th July, 14th August, 21st August and 28th August.

These trips will run from 2pm-7pm on nice Thursday evenings during the summer and will head out around the islands at a cost of £50 per person.

Each trip has spaces for 10 people - first come, first served.

As a volunteer based community interest company, our financial resources are limited and we depend largely on public donations to carry out this work. The Cartlett lady currently costs £800 per day to charter. We make no profit on the sale of tickets; it merely allows us to place two volunteers on each trip to carry out the surveys. For a donation of £80 per person you can join us for a full day on the Cartlett Lady and enjoy stunning views of dolphins and sea birds. These are wild animals and there are no guarantees but our success rate has been more than 95% over the past 9 years!
This is real sustainable Eco tourism – our marine wildlife needs you! If you do wish to support Sea Trust and join us on one of our surveys please get in touch for more info.

All trips start at Neyland Marina, meeting by the cafe half an hour before departure. After motoring up Milford Haven we will visit such places as The Bristol Channel, the Celtic Deep, Grassholm and The Smalls Lighthouse as well as Skomer and Skokholm. No two trips are the same and exactly which area is visited and the species seen will depend on weather and sea conditions on the day. Dolphins are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed but our success rate has been 95% over the past ten years! Arrival back at Neyland Marina is usually between 5:00p.m. & 6:00p.m. There is a toilet on board and hot drinks will be provided. Bring a packed lunch, warm clothing and suncream.

For more information or to book email seatrustwales@gmail.com