Saturday, 14 April 2012

Cornwall - Scilly wildlife watching cruises

April, May, June, August,  September and October sailings.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust and The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will again be hosting guided wildlife watching trips on board Scillonian this spring, in partnership with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. A vast array of marine species were spotted during last year's successful day trips, and it is hoped that this year will prove just as spectacular. The sailings to the Isles of Scilly are running on one Saturday per month (except July) starting on 21st April.

Naturalist Paul Semmens, who has worked with Cornwall Wildlife Trust for more than 20 years, will be your marine guide on these special trips, looking out for wildlife on the crossing. Springtime visitors may see puffins as well as the more common Manx shearwaters and storm petrels. Harbour porpoises, common and bottle-nose dolphins, sun fish and sea birds are regularly spotted from the ship and occasionally minke whales. If the seas are warm and calm you may even spot basking sharks.
Paul says, "Scillonian III is a wonderful vessel to view wildlife from. Whether it is close encounters with a good variety of seabirds or the chance to see some of our marine megafauna. This year will be my fourth year as a surveyor for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and so far I have recorded more than 3000 dolphin sightings!”

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