This July, MARINElife were once again on Lundy Island, giving a group of our Wildlife Officers (WLOs) and Surveyors the opportunity to join our trainers, Rick Morris and Glynis Northwood-Long, and the charity's patron, Maya Plass, for an informal five days of exploration, rock pooling, and snorkelling.
On the first day, Maya and Rick went down to the Landing Bay to meet those booked on to the five-day training course, and who had travelled over on the MS Oldenburg. It was lovely to see some familiar faces, as well as the newcomers in the group, and once everyone was present, we made our way up top to our accommodation for the next few days, located in the Barn. Once everyone was settled in, we held the Cetacean and Seabird Identification presentation.
The following day involved lots of walking. In the morning we went to see puffins, guillemots, and zazorbills at Jenny's Cove. Along the way, we met up with Luke Sutton, who monitors Lundy's Peregrine Falcons, and Luke kindly gave a talk to the group about his ongoing work. On getting back to the Barn, we met up with Grant from the Tavern, and Grant gave the group a presentation on the island's guillemot population. After our evening meal, we all headed down to the Old Battery, where we enjoyed watching the sun set in the company of dolphins and porpoises, feeding alongside Manx shearwaters and gannets.
The third day saw us spending the morning walking along the east side of the island for a grey seal count. This was followed later in the day by a round-the-island boat trip aboard the MS Oldenburg.
Day four gave the group some free time in the morning, followed by a trip down to the Landing Bay and Devil's Kitchen for a very informative rock pooling session, thanks to Maya being able to expertly identify everything discovered. This was followed by snorkelling in the incoming tide in Devil's Kitchen, under the watchful eyes of the grey seals.
The fifth and final day was a relaxed affair, as there was a heavy mist for most of the day, so it was left to the individuals to spend this last day doing their own thing. As the day drew to an end, we regrouped down in the Landing Bay, ready for our return home aboard the Oldenburg. However, our marine life spotting wasn't over just yet, and our long weekend was topped off nicely by a sighting of common dolphins during the return journey.
We have already booked the accommodation for 2018, so if all this has piqued your interest, and you'd like to attend next year's course, then keep an eye out on our website for more details.