Saturday the 18th of June 2016 - MARINElife Wildlife Officer Trip to Lundy Island.
This months trip began in Ilfracombe, the morning started cloudy but as we made our way towards Lundy the weather brightened up and soon the sun was shining.
The crew of MS Oldenburg were soon welcoming the many passengers on board. This voyage to Lundy had additional people that were going to the island for a four day MARINELife experience. Two of the party were the organiser Rick Morris and MARINELife’s Patron Maya Plass.
After a brief chat on the bridge with Jason the ship’s captain, I began my tour around the upper and lower decks introducing myself to as many interested passengers that I could. As usual the conversations were positive and it’s always great to hear other likeminded people’s wildlife experiences.
As the ship left Ilfracombe harbour, the first birds of note were Gannet, followed by Fulmar and Manx Shearwater. All three species were seen within a mile of the harbour. We soon had many Kittiwake, Herring Gull; Lesser Black backed Gull and a few distant Great Black Backed Gull.
As the Oldenburg approached the Lundy landing bay the first of three Grey Seal was seen bobbing effortlessly. My afternoon was spent at Jenny’s Cove scanning the nesting birds, here there was good numbers of Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwake.
Before the crossing back to Ilfracombe Rat Island provided a further Grey Seal.
During the return sailing six rafting Puffin were seen off the port side, much to many peoples delight.
We arrived in Ilfracombe harbour where the day’s trip concluded, I thanked Jason the captain and his crew for another successful day on behalf of MARINElife and I look forward to my next Lundy Wildlife Officer trip in July.