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Brighton Dolphin Project – Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Join the Brighton Dolphin Project on our sunset wildlife cruise to learn about and hopefully see some of our amazing marine wildlife here in Brighton. Whilst dolphin sightings this close to shore are rare, you will learn all about our Sussex dolphins and the other amazing animals living off our beaches, including seahorses, sharks, lobsters, and fish!

There will be time to view seabirds and listen to underwater sounds, before taking in a unique view of Brighton’s seafront as the sun sets (weather permitting!) behind the West Pier and i360!

The cruise will leave from Brighton Marina promptly at the allocated start time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the cruise is set to begin.

All proceeds directly fund the Brighton Dolphin Project. The project studies the local dolphin population and works with local communities to better understand and protect our unique marine natural heritage!

You’ll have a whale of a time!

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Brighton Dolphin Project – Wind Farm and Wildlife Cruise

Join the Brighton Dolphin Project on our 2-hour wildlife watching boat trip to the new Rampion Wind Farm!

The 116 turbines are more than 8 miles offshore from Brighton and it takes about 45 minutes to get there. Our boat will enter the windfarm array field for approximately 20 minutes of slow cruising amongst the massive turbines.

Panoramic views of the Sussex coast can be seen on the way back to Brighton Marina when we will learn about and hopefully see some of our amazing marine wildlife in the sea off Brighton. Whilst sightings of dolphins and sharks are occasional, we often see interesting seabirds including Gannets, Fulmars, and Kittiwakes, as well as jellyfish, fishes, and other weird and wonderful sea creatures!

The cruise will leave from Brighton Marina promptly at the allocated start time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the cruise is set to begin.

All proceeds from the trip directly fund the Brighton Dolphin Project. The project (part of the registered charity World Cetacean Alliance) studies the local dolphin population and works with local communities to better understand and protect our unique marine natural heritage! More information at: https://www.brightondolphinproject.org/

You’ll have a whale of a time!

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Brighton Dolphin Project – Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Join the Brighton Dolphin Project on our sunset wildlife cruise to learn about and hopefully see some of our amazing marine wildlife here in Brighton. Whilst dolphin sightings this close to shore are rare, you will learn all about our Sussex dolphins and the other amazing animals living off our beaches, including seahorses, sharks, lobsters, and fish!

There will be time to view seabirds and listen to underwater sounds, before taking in a unique view of Brighton’s seafront as the sun sets (weather permitting!) behind the West Pier and i360!

The cruise will leave from Brighton Marina promptly at the allocated start time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the cruise is set to begin.

All proceeds directly fund the Brighton Dolphin Project. The project studies the local dolphin population and works with local communities to better understand and protect our unique marine natural heritage!

You’ll have a whale of a time!

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World Whale Conference 2017

World Whale Conference 2017

The 2017 World Whale Conference, hosted by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality, will focus on promoting responsible whale and dolphin tourism. The conference will unite national, regional and global stakeholders from cetacean conservation and welfare backgrounds, the whale watching industry, as well as travel and tourism companies. Delegates will hear from speakers, discuss and share evidence, to better understand how we can improve and ensure the protection of cetaceans in southern Africa and worldwide. In addition, delegates will participate in themed workshops and see the work already underway locally to protect cetaceans.

Whale Heritage Site Summit

Following the conference, the summit will give the Whale Heritage Site candidates a chance to showcase their destinations to representatives from tourist destinations, international institutions and the private sector, along with global experts in tourism, sustainability and whale watching. Delegates will then discuss and explore opportunities for the development of new sites, and networks of sites, in Africa and beyond.

 

Dylan Walker, CEO of the World Cetacean Alliance who are organising the conference said:

“This conference is for everybody interested in marine conservation and ecotourism. The WCA is encouraging interested parties globally, including stakeholders across Africa, to participate in discussions to help protect and celebrate cetaceans and their habitats. As an international partnership it is very important for us to reach out to our African colleagues and welcome them to this important event.  We have been hugely impressed with Kwazulu-Natal, its friendly people, and its focus on conservation and sustainability – all key ingredients for this conference and summit.”

SCHEDULE:

Saturday 24th June, 2017: Excursions; Community event & Drinks reception*

Sunday 25th June, 2017: Workshops

Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June, 2017: WCA Conference

Wednesday 28th June & Thursday 29th June, 2017: Whale Heritage Sites (WHS) Summit

Thursday 29th June, 2017: Awards dinner*

For the full schedule, and more details, check the programme page.
*Details to be confirmed shortly.
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National Whale and Dolphin Watch

23rd -31st July 2016

What is NWDW about?

Research has shown that there is little awareness in the UK of the tremendous diversity of whales, dolphins and porpoises to be found around our shores. The aim of this event is to give a general “snapshot” of what is in UK coastal waters over a short period of time. As well as gaining valuable research data, we hope this will draw attention to the conservation of our marine environment.

What species are people likely to see?

A staggering 29 species of whale and dolphin have been recorded in our waters, more than a quarter of the entire British mammal fauna. It is possible to see a whale in various parts of Britain and, in a number of localities, there are resident populations of a range of dolphin species. The most commonly reported species are bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and minke whale, depending on where you are in the British Isles.

How many sightings do you expect during the week?

This will depend on weather conditions and varies from year to year. In the first year of NWDW (2002) 380 sightings were received and a total of 1695 whales and dolphins were seen.

Who can help?

Anyone who wants to and who is in the UK during the event. So, whether you are planning a trip to the coast, travelling on a ferry in UK waters, sailing for fun, or just near the coast – you will have the perfect opportunity to take part. Your input will help give us a ”snapshot” view of the status and distribution of the many cetaceans in our coastal waters.

Why now?

Threats to whales and dolphins have never been so great, and yet for several species we lack anything but a rudimentary knowledge of their status and distribution. The more coastal species like harbour porpoise and bottlenose dolphin are specially exposed to the detrimental effects of human activities, and both have undergone significant declines in the past decades.

Find out more about the threats faced by cetaceans in UK waters

How can people get involved?

People with experience of “official watches” who can quite readily identify species just need some sightings forms, a pen and a pair of binoculars.

“First timers” or people who need a bit of help in identifying a whale, dolphin or porpoise can also head for a manned site. Sites will be manned by experienced Sea Watch observers, but please note that sites may be manned at different times of day so please contact the local co-ordinator first to register your interest and to find out more.

How do people identify species?

There are photos on the website, co-ordinators at manned sites can also help, alternatively there is a training course run by SWF every year.

Click here to find out more about how to identify animals in the wild

What about the boat trips?

Wildlife tour operators all over the UK are taking part in the weekend. Please note that spaces on most boat trips need to be reserved first. Prices vary for these trips and you should contact the relevant operator directly. All marine wildlife operators abide by a voluntary code of conduct.

Click here for a list of our recommended boat operators 

Is it hard to record data?

Different sightings forms are available depending on whether or not you are a beginner and where you are watching from.

Click here to find out more about the sightings forms and how to record data

What are the chances of seeing something?

Most sightings are usually made in the west, particularly in Cardigan Bay, the north of Scotland, Devon and Cornwall, also the Channel Islands. However, some species may be seen in the North Sea and off the Kent and Sussex coasts on occasions

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