Charm III English Channel Project

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Marinelife was one of 17 research organisations from England and France which worked on the Charm III Project, which ran from 2009-2012.  Charm III was 50% funded by the EU (Interreg IV Programme), and aimed to provide the underlying data and scientific evidence to help better manage our offshore environment. A digital atlas illustrating the distribution of dolphins, whales and seabirds in the western Channel was both an important and exciting output from the project.

Through Charm III, Marinelife surveyed the whole of the western Channel by a combination of ferry surveys, volunteer surveys on dive, angling and fishing boats, systematic transect surveys, targeted surveys to fill coverage gaps and collection of data from skippers and other recorders.

To visit the Charm III website please click here

Find out a little bit more about our surveys here.

Image West Bay CardPlease report your sightings in the Channel to us by emailing

You can view our survey progress and sightings at the Charm III Channel Marine Mammal & Seabird Survey Blog

You can also become a volunteer surveyor, or send in your sightings made at sea.

For more information about the project or to enquire about how you can access this data for your research, please contact Dr Tom Brereton, MARINElife Research Director.