We were the first organisation to develop a dedicated Wildlife Officer Programme with thousands of passengers having been involved in our public engagement programmes in marine biodiversity and conservation. To impart information on the world of cetaceans, the research work we conduct and the pressures these sea mammals face is just one of the ways we are able to educate the public.
Working with Condor Ferries on their route from Poole to the Channel Islands and the National Trust on their route to Lundy Island, we provide a regular on-board Wildlife Officer during spring, summer and autumn to talk to passengers about the marine wildlife and point out animals encountered.
Until 2010 when the route operated by P&O finished, an
interactive award-winning educational programme showcased in the
Bay of Biscay aboard the Pride of Bilbao ran alongside our
research and monitoring work. The Wildlife Officer programme
included presentations, deck watches and announcements about
cetaceans and is designed to engage passengers and give them
something more than just a ferry crossing or another lazy sea day
on a cruise ship.
Feedback from the public about our Wildlife Officer Programme and their personal experiences confirm that for many, seeing these fantastic animals free in their natural environment can be a life-changing experience and we are proud and honoured to enable this.
Between 2008 and 2010, we worked in partnership with Swan Hellenic Cruises to provide Wildlife Officers on some of their sailings, providing a similar educational service which has delighted passengers. You can read about these special trips here.
Whilst we currently are not operating a full time ship based Wildlife Officer Programme, it remains an important area for future development within the charity.
You will still find one of our volunteer Wildlife Officer's on Poole-Guernsey (mid-week) and Ilfracombe/Bideford-Lundy Island (Saturday's)