Northern Experience Pelagics Northumberland 2017

Northern Experience Pelagic Trip Programme 2017 (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.

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

Storm Petrel Mark Darlaston 014-hour evening pelagics
Departing Royal Quays Marina, 18:00 and Mill Dam (South Shields), 18:10.  Cost £35/person. Target species; Storm Petrel, skuas, shearwaters, cetaceans

Dates for 2017
Wednesday 28th June
Wednesday 5th July
Monday 10th July
Wednesday 12th July
Wednesday 2nd August
Wednesday 9th August

10-hour 'Northumberland Ultimate Pelagic' to the Farne Deeps
Departing Royal Quays Marina, 08:00 and Mill Dam (South Shields) 08:10. Cost £70/person.  Target species; White-beaked Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Minke Whale, skuas, shearwaters, storm petrels

Dates for 2017
Wednesday 16th August
Saturday 26th August
Saturday 2nd August
Wednesday 13th August
Saturday 16th September

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.

Our pelagic trips from Royal Quays in 2017 will take place on the JFK2, a 10m catamaran, offering an outstanding vantage point for observation of wildlife to all on board.  All of our Royal Quays pelagics are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.  Some truly outstanding opportunities for photography occur on our pelagic trips as well, with many birds and cetaceans approaching very close to the boat. 

Sabines Gull Peter Howlett 01Our pelagic trips have proved very successful and they are an excellent way to enjoy our offshore wildlife.  More experienced birders may well find that the North Sea is a new frontier for their birding. Pelagic birding is very unpredictable but highlights of our trips have included the 1st British North Sea Wilson's Petrel (2002), Long-tailed Skua (2002, 2014), Sabine's Gull (2005), Great Shearwater (2007), Balearic Shearwater (2007, 2013), Pomarine Skua (2007, 2012, 2014), Grey Phalarope (2010, 2012), Red-necked Phalarope (2013), excellent views of Sooty Shearwater in each of the last fifteen years, Harbour Porpoise (2006, 2012-2016), Minke Whale (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011-2016), Orca (2013) and several very close encounters with White-beaked Dolphin in each year since 2010.

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