MARINElife's first crowdfunder aims to raise £6,000 for a project to survey the entire south west coastline between Portland Bill in Dorset and Ilfracombe in north Devon for Bottlenose dolphins and the globally endangered Balearic Shearwater.
MARINElife surveyors with the help of the RSPB and many experienced volunteers are going to survey for Bottlenose dolphin and the globally endangered Balearic Shearwater along the entire coastline between Portland Bill in Dorset and Ilfracombe north Devon (including Lundy Island). It's an exciting, ambitious and important project to help us and other conservation partners understand much more about these two species and how we can help protect and conserve them in the south west.
More about our project
We have catalogued around 100 individual bottlenose dolphins in the south west and there is increasing evidence to suggest that this is one of only four core coastal areas in the UK for this species. We need to better understand what the total size of the population is and where they feed and calve.
The Balearic Shearwater is the only globally endangered seabird regularly occurring in the UK. Every summer 1000 or more of these birds migrate up the coast of France, across the channel and along the south west coast. The coasts of the south west are a vital feeding area for this species at a time when the birds are moulting.
During August 2015, the survey, using 9 charter boats
which will cover all the coastline within 4 kilometers of the
shore. As well as the 5 surveyors on each boat there will be dozens
of land based surveyors placed at strategic cliff tops around the
This is a unique one off project which will hugely facilitate the ongoing work to protect these two species:
Get all the details, watch the video and pledge on our crowd-funding page:
You can pledge as little as £10 and there are great rewards for everyone who supports our campaign. You could even join us on the survey!