Tag: Whalefest

Whalefest (2)

by on Nov.09, 2011, under North Sea, Northumberland

After spending the weekend exhibiting at Whalefest we were left with more than a few thoughts, ideas, and plans for the future;

Brighton is a long way from home 🙂  The drive back on Sunday evening was easier than the drive there on Friday afternoon, but didn’t seem that far!

There are a lot of charities/volunteer-led organisations in the marine sector and NEWT are proud to be involved in research projects and other activities with several of them.  The Northeast Cetacean Project is about to enter an important expansion phase, and will become a major driving force for marine conservation in the North Sea.  It was heartening to hear about all of the research and community engagement stuff that’s either going on or is in the pipeline for the near future as well.  One burning question though, is why was one marine conservation organisation giving away helium-filled balloons?

There was only one way to follow Whalefest, so Martin spent Tuesday on the PV St Oswald.  Conditions weren’t exactly conducive to cetacean surveying; 5-6′ of swell, plenty of whitecaps, and misty drizzle, made it more of a physical challenge than usual, so it became more of a ‘pleasure’ cruise 😉  There were a couple of avian highlights, though.  A small group of Little Auks flew by and the tricoloured upperparts of a juvenile Sabine’s Gull shone out in the gloom as it passed close by the bow.

It’s good to be home 🙂

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by on Oct.31, 2011, under North Sea, Northumberland

For some reason, everyone we know laughs when we tell them the name of the event where we’ll be on the first weekend in November…

Whalefest is the first event of it’s kind in Europe; sort of a British Birdwatching Fair for cetacean watchers 😉  We’ll be there, promoting our pelagic trips and holidays and selling our new range of postcards, greetings cards, notelets and limited edition prints.  If you’re visiting Whalefest then please come along and say hello 🙂  We’re really looking forward to this; an opportunity to spread the word about how good Northumberland is and meet other operators, researchers and charities.  We’ve got a few exciting new projects that we’ll be discussing in meetings during Whalefest so watch this space…

We’ve just added our 2012 dates to the calendar, including an expanded set of pelagic trips.  After excellent sightings of White-beaked Dolphins in 2010 and 2011, we’re looking forward to 2012 already.

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