11th of July 2015 - MARINElife survey trip - Newhaven to Dieppe.
 
Arriving in the coastal town of Newhaven, I met up with a fellow MARINElife surveyor at the ferry terminal at 08:00, after a few cups of tea, we were escorted to the "Cote D'Albatre" ferry and as we boarded we were quickly allocated cabin space where upon we made ready for the survey.
 
Reversing out of Newhaven
 Arriving on the bridge, the crew welcomed us and soon began telling us of recent Dolphin sightings on their passages during the week! Dolphins are amazing mammals and to hear stories from seasoned seafarers and their passionate recollections of their encounters is, as always, brilliant!

Leaving the port of Newhaven the ship was soon under way heading towards the French coast. As with all MARINElife surveys we were given a prime spot on the starboard side of the bridge to conduct the survey. Not very long in to the journey we soon had sightings of Harbour Porpoise, a fabulous start to the survey and the total tally for this trip was eight.

Approaching the port of Dieppe
Birds seen, Gannet, Herring, Lesser Black Backed and Black headed Gulls, Guillemot, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Cormorant and Manx Shearwater.
 
Gannet recorded this survey was 148
 
Manx Shearwater
In terms of birds, this trip really was very disappointing as the reports from previous surveys have records of some quality bird species. However, as July is very much the month that is renowned as the quietest on the bird sightings front, we enjoyed the reasonably calm waters and the generous hospitality of DFDS. I look forward to surveying this route again, however, next time maybe I will volunteer during the migration months?
 

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