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Nature's state, Summer survey summary, Northern pelagics, Spookiness and sparklers, Training courses and events, In the marine news.
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October 2019 Newsletter

Nature's State


MARINElife is delighted to be a key contributor of marine data for the recently published 2019 State of Nature Report.

The bad news is that 13 out of the 25 species of breeding seabirds monitored have seen a decline in average abundance of 22%, and the likes of Kittiwake and Arctic Skua are facing extinction. Additionally, Harbour Seal populations are also decreasing.

However, there is some good news, and while Harbour Seal populations are in trouble, Grey Seal populations are actually increasing. Moreover, cetacean populations appear to be remaining stable.

A big thank you goes to all of our wonderful, dedicated MARINlife volunteers who help record the data required to bring about vital changes to policy and management techniques, which ensure a more sustainable approach to managing and protecting our natural marine environment.

Summer Survey Summary


June was a good month for sightings, especially on the longer routes. Our volunteers on the UK/Ireland - Bilbao route saw Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sperm Whale, over 500 Common Dolphin, and over 40 Striped Dolphin. Plus, the Southampton/Portbury - Santander surveyor also recorded Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sperm Whale, and 8445 Common Dolphin.

July’s surveys gave us quite a lot of sightings of Manx Shearwater. The UK/Ireland - Bilbao route also had some good views of larger marine mammals, namely Minke and Cuvier's Beaked Whale. Minke Whale were also seen between Heysham and Dublin (a bit of a rarity for this route, so that was nice for the researcher).

A gorgeous August meant plenty of surveys, and as well as the usual cetacean and seabirds, our researchers got to see Pomarine Skua, Risso’s Dolphin, and Tuna.

Keep up to date with all our survey routes over on our website.

Northern Pelagics


Our partner organisation Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Ltd has had some fantastic sightings over the 2019 season during their Northern Experience Pelagics trips; from Great Skua and Puffins, to White-Beaked and Bottlenose Dolphin. You can read all about their trips over on their blog.

Their 4-hour and 10-hour trips are a great way to get out offshore and immerse yourself in the UK’s marine life whilst in the company of expert guides. Though their 2019 season has come to an end, be sure to check out their 2020 timetable, and book early because their trips sell out fast!

Spookiness And Sparklers


Raise FREE funds for us when you shop for tasty treats and devilish dress-up via Give as You Live this Halloween!

💸 It's free

📱 There's a handy app

🛍️ There are over 4,300 stores!

Plus, with Bonfire night around the corner, whether it’s fireworks in the garden, or a big family night out at a nearby display, help raise extra donations for us when you stock up on Bonfire Night essentials.

Training Courses And Events


Blink and you’ll miss them! There’s only two dates left this year to take our much-enjoyed Identification of Marine Mammals and Seabirds: An Introduction to Surveying with MARINElife course. Join us to learn about marine mammal and seabird surveying. See our website for full details.

Saturday 19th October with Wembury Marine Centre ● Saturday 26th October with Poole Dolphin Shop Centre

Never fear though, we’ll have more opportunities to attend once 2020 swings around.

In The Marine News


10 countries sign up to UK-led initiative to safeguard the world's ocean and its wildlife.

Fresh commitment to protect Lundy.

Benefits provided by whales make powerful case for protecting them.

Humpback whales return to Irish coast 20 years after first sighting.

Diving birds follow each other when fishing.

Whale carcass encountered on deep-sea survey off Scotland

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