Northern Experience Pelagics Northumberland 2016

Northern Experience Pelagic Trip Programme 2016 (in association with the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club)

Guided by MARINElife's Regional Officer for the North East (Martin Kitching)

TO BOOK: Phone 01670 827465 or e-mail and click here for more details

Please check the Pelagic Trip website for more information.

Storm Petrel Mark Darlaston 01

All of our trips departing Royal Quays have strictly limited spaces. Please 'phone 01670 827465 to check availability

Dates for 2016.

4 hr Evening trips departing Royal Quays Marina at 18:00. £32.50/person
Wednesday 29th June
Friday 1st July
Wednesday 6th July
Friday 8th July
Wednesday 13th July
Friday 15th July
Wednesday 20th July
Friday 22nd July
Wednesday 27th July
Friday 29th July
Wednesday 3rd August
Friday 5th August
Wednesday 10th August

10hr 'Northumberland Ultimate Pelagic' to the Farne Deeps, departing Royal Quays Marina 08:00. £70/person
Saturday 13th August
Saturday 10th September
Saturday 24th September

4hr Whale and Dolphin Cruise, departing Seahouses 10:00. £40/adult, £20/child
Saturday 27th August

WB Dolphin Adrian Shephard 01

Northern Experience Pelagics developed out of Martin's time as Field Trips Officer for the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club (we still run our pelagic trips in association with NTBC), and we've been carrying out research into the distribution and abundance of White-beaked Dolphins and other marine wildlife in the North Sea since 2003, when we first encountered these beautiful animals on an evening pelagic out of the River Tyne. We're a partner in the groundbreaking North East Cetacean Project and donate several days of Martin's time each month to voluntary work; coordinating the North East Cetacean Project, leading Marine Mammal and Seabird Surveyor training courses for MARINElife and carrying out transect surveys of the North Sea off Northumberland, all of which supports and informs decision-making processes relating to this fragile and sensitive environment.

On a Northern Experience pelagic, you'll benefit from Martin's 17 years experience of finding North Sea wildlife, knowledge of our seabirds and cetaceans, and insights into current research and thinking, but perhaps, most of all, from our passion for the North Sea :-)

Our pelagic trips from Royal Quays in 2016 will take place on the JFK Two. This new boat offers an excellent vantage point for observation and some truly outstanding opportunities for photography of wildlife. From Seahouses we sail on Ocean Explorer and Glad Tidings V.

Over recent years the pelagic trips have proved very successful and they are an excellent way to enjoy our offshore wildlife in the company of guides who have been actively involved in re-defining our knowledge of the offshore mammals and birds of Northumberland.

Pelagic wildlife is very unpredictable but highlights in recent years have included the 1st British North Sea Wilson's Petrel (2002), Long-tailed Skua (2002, 2014), Sabine's Gull (2005), Harbour Porpoise (2006-2015), Minke Whale (2006-2008, 2011-2015), Great Shearwater (2007), Balearic Shearwater (2007, 2014), Pomarine Skua (2007, 2012, 2014), excellent views of Sooty Shearwater in each of the last thirteen years and several very close encounters with White-beaked Dolphins (2003, 2005, 2010-2015).

Sabines Gull Peter Howlett 01

Participants should bring their own food and drink and warm/waterproof clothing.

To reserve a place on any of these trips, please contact Martin Kitching or (01670) 827465 and send a deposit of £10 per person per trip (cheque payable to 'Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Ltd', non-refundable if you cancel at a later date) to NEWT Ltd, 18 Frances Ville, Scotland Gate, Northumberland, NE62 5ST. The balance of payment is due 2 weeks before sailing.

Martin Kitching



Picture credits:
Storm Petrel: Mark Darlaston
White-beaked Dolphin: Adrian Shephard
Sabine's Gull: Peter Howlett