Survey Reports

2019-08-05 - Plymouth-Roscoff

Survey details

Survey route: Plymouth-Roscoff

Company: Brittany Ferries

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-08-05

Number of nights: 1

Survey sightings

Cetacean sightings: 2 Unidentified dolphins, 2 Harbour porpoise.

Bird sightings: Fulmar, manx shearwater, grey heron, little egret, gannet, cormorant, oystercatcher, turnstone, great black-backed gull, herring gull. lesser black-backed gull, great skua, rock dove, woodpigeon, collared dove, swift, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, swallow, house Martin, wren, starling, blackbird, robin, house sparrow, rock pipit and linnet.

Other animals: N/A

After meeting in Plymouth terminal we boarded the Armorique and introduced ourselves to the reception crew. 

Due to the arrival time in Roscoff, we were unable to survey in the morning, so we left the ship in the drizzle and found there was a tourist bus which does a circular tour of Roscoff in the summer holidays so we joined it and after about 20 minutes had enjoyed good views of the town.

Departing the bus in the town centre we then enjoyed a breakfast, before the sun came out and we were able to walk around the town before having lunch and a stroll back to the ship.

The captain allowed us up to the bridge about 20 minutes after sailing and after greeting the bridge crew we started our survey with a sea state of 3 but minimal swell.

After about 45 minutes diving gannets alerted us to a couple of feeding dolphins, (most likely bottlenose). Birds were infrequently seen on this survey and as the sea state increased to 4, splashes close to the ship heralded our final sighting of a couple of harbour porpoise

This route is normally good for common dolphins but on this occasion unfortunately, they were not encountered. 

However, everybody enjoyed the survey and all felt much more confident with the survey protocol so hopefully the team will be much luckier on future surveys. Many thanks to the team for their hard work and company.

Grateful thanks also to Brittany Ferries and to the captain and crew of the Armorique for this wonderful opportunity.

Survey team members

Team Leader: Mary Hill

Surveyors: Simon Griffiths- Steve Chastell- Sarah Kahlbaum