Watch 4 Wildlife at Sea Days

Locations of our Forthcoming (2016) Watch 4 Wildlife at Sea Days

  • Sunday 24th April 2016 with DFDS Seaways on the Newhaven to Dieppe Ferry, Sussex (advert)
    Centre, Kimmeridge Bay,

For information about our Watch 4 Wildlife Days and how to book, please see below


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MARINElife is a leading charity conserving marine wildlife through research and education.

Our core offshore work is in researching distribution, abundance and population trends for whales, dolphins, seabirds and other marine animals from commercial vessels. We have a particular interest in White-Beaked Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Cuvier's Beaked Whales and Balearic Shearwaters. We operate year-round surveys along fixed 'transect' routes through the Channel, Bay of Biscay, North Sea, Irish Sea and wider Atlantic Ocean working on ferries, freight ships, cruise liners and smaller recreational boats. As a leading charity in the proactive conservation of marine wildlife through research and education, MARINElife relies on a diverse team of highly-valued volunteers.

Our focus species include whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and seabirds in European waters.

We are always eager to welcome volunteers or help those with a general interest learn more. This Watch 4 Wildlife Day is ideal which ever category you fall into.

Many of MARINElife volunteers go on to have careers in the field of marine mammal observation or in scientific marine mammal and seabird research. The survey work with MARINElife has provided the foundation for their passion and the knowledge for their career next steps.

Why join MARINElife onboard the ferry for the Watch 4 Wildlife Day?

Ferries are not only an excellent connection to the mainland for an Island like the British Isles, but they also cross offshore waters which are rich in marine wildlife and give the chance to encounter species which may be challenging to see from land. MARINElife has been operating monthly research surveys on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry since 2012 and know that a range of marine mammals and seabirds can be seen. This crossing will be guided by two of MARINElife's experienced researchers who will be pointing out the wildlife we encounter, helping with identification tips and for those interested, showing them how a research survey is conducted in a real life scenario.

No other organisation has been carrying out ferry-based research for longer than MARINElife whose work started in the early 1990's. MARINElife leads the science of ferry-based survey collection and was a founder and coordinates the Atlantic Research Coalition (ARC), now known as the European Cetacean Monitoring Network (ECMN) which brings together data gathered by multiple organisations conducting scientific data on whales and dolphins. MARINElife is one of the few organisations collecting data on seabirds from ferries.

Like all wildlife, there are no guarantees and as we will be on the outer decks of a ship, we will also be subject to the weather (no refunds unless the crossing is cancelled by the ferry company). We advise those interested in participating to bring warm clothing as the wind on deck can be very cold, but also suncream and sunglasses in case the sun is shining. Binoculars are also strongly recommended to get better and closer views of the wildlife we will pass during the crossing.


Watch 4 Wildlife Day: 8.45am arrival (Newhaven port) returning at 9pm. Food is available onboard, but meals are not provided.

Watch 4 Wildlife Day fee: £65. Please request a booking and payment form by contacting

If you are enquiring on behalf of a group e.g. colleges, universities, U3A please contact for further information