Lundy Island MARINElife trip 11th of April 2015.
I arrived in Ilfracombe at 9:30am for my first Lundy trip of 2015 where the weather was dry and sunny. However the wind was quite strong and was causing wind waves outside the harbour walls which suggested that today’s crossing to Lundy maybe a bouncing one? I collected my ticket from the Landmark Trust office and proceeded to board the MS Oldenburg where I was greeted by Jerry the ship’s Captain. I proceeded to start my tour around the upper and lower decks introducing myself to the passengers. As the Oldenburg started out of the harbour the ships motion made it difficult to chat to as many passengers as I would normally. The ones I did speak to were very interested in the work of MARINElife and took a leaflet with a view to logging on to the website and to hopefully support the charity in the future.
Halfway in to our journey the first Common Dolphin were seen off the starboard side where two came towards the ship in a matter of three leaps and were very quickly gone! Birds of note were Manx Shearwater and Gannet along with Guillemot and Razorbill rafting as the ship passed them by. The usual common gulls were seen along with Kittiwake, Fulmar and Great Skua.
|Ring Ouzel record shot|
After lunch; I proceeded to made my way back to the jetty for the return journey on Oldenburg, along the way were Skylark, Meadow Pipit and many beautiful Wheatear.
As I approached to watch the deer, I passed by the wreckage of the world war 2 German bomber that crashed on the island back in the 1940’s all that remains now is some rusty fragments of the planes metal components.
|Remains of WW2 German Bomber|
Also whilst walking back, the island’s Sika Deer were spotted in a small group, plus the Lundy Ponies were grazing over on the eastern side of the island. Other animals observed were the usual sheep and wild goats. The crossing back to Ilfracombe was a much calmer trip with the same birds being seen along the way.
Here is a list of all birds seen on either the ship or the island during this trip;
Manx Shearwater, Black headed gull, Herring gull, Kittiwake, Lesser black backed gull, Great black backed gull, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill, Cormorant, Shag, Gannett, Great Skua, Meadow pipit, Wheatear, Starling, Raven, House sparrow, Wood pigeon, Swallow, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Wren, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Mallard, Pied wagtail, Ring ouzel, Teal and Willow warbler.