Senior Consultant Gareth Bradbury and Consultant James Darke undertook a voluntary marine mammals and seabirds survey to Lundy for MarineLife
On 19th July, Gareth and James sailed on MS Oldenburg from Ilfracombe to Lundy to undertake a survey for MarineLife to record whales, dolphins and porpoises (known collectively as cetaceans) as well as seals and seabirds. Though voluntary, these ‘opportunistic’ (using existing ferry routes) surveys use agreed standardised methods and they provide an ideal opportunity for our surveyors to use their skills to contribute to what has become an important database for cetacean and seabird distribution information. Once on the island, James and Gareth, who are also botanists, enjoyed the unique flora of the island, including the endemic Lundy Cabbage and its fleas (actually endemic beetles). A short report from the trip can be found on the MarineLife website.