Carol Farmer-Wright and Sarah Lawrence, Research Surveyors for
Weather: SE to S 6-5 overcast with intermittent light rain
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 5
Gannet Morus bassanus 90
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 4
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 90
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 13
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 1
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 6
Little Gull Larus minutus 1
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 17
Guillemot Uria aalge 14
Razorbill Alca torda 1
Bean Goose Anser fabalis 10
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 20
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellate 7
We arrived at Newhaven and checked in for our mid-day departure and once on board the ship we headed to the bridge to begin our survey.
On leaving the outer breakwater, we began recording Gannet, Guillemot and a solitary Razorbill. The sightings of Gannet remained constant throughout the survey with the occasional Fulmar and Kittiwake making an appearance as we progressed towards Dieppe.
A small flock of Bean Geese were observed as we approached the French coast. The sea moderated and a group of 20 Great Crested Grebe were seen sitting on the sea less than 1 kilometre from the shore whereupon they took flight as our vessel approached. As we neared the harbour a large group of Black-headed Gull flew past the bridge and then started wheeling around the back of the vessel hoping for food to be stirred up by the engines, they were then were joined by Herring Gull as we entered the outer breakwater at Dieppe.
We concluded our survey on arrival in Dieppe, thanked Captain Conquet, his officers and crew for their hospitality, and left the bridge to compile our sightings.
Carol Farmer-Wright and Sarah Lawrence, Research Surveyors for MARINElife