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Wild West Offshore Adventure

The offshore waters off Pembrokeshire are our destination on this early evening wildlife experience. Local Welsh professional photographer and lecturer Andy Davies is your guide in discovering this little known area.

A truely pelagic experience, we are exploring a new frontier where a host of amazing creatures can be found. Encounters with common dolphins are likely to be frequent and other cetaceans such as porpoise and whales may be seen. Species such as minke, pilot, orca and humpback have been recorded here as well as thresher and porbeagle sharks in the Celtic Deep, some 20 miles offshore. Seabirds abound with gannets, Manx shearwaters, storm petrels, fulmars, puffins, razorbills and guillemots feeding in the rich waters.

Many trips will visit Grassholm Island, situated 11 km due west of Skomer Island, It is home to more than 78,000 breeding gannets, together with a number of "club birds" who have yet to reach maturity, bringing the total to nearly 100,000. It is the third most important site for northern gannets in the world, after St. Kilda and Bass Rock in Scotland and is managed by the RSPB.

This is a rare chance to capture this world-class site during photography's Golden Hour, when the evening sun bathes the island in rich light. Razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and shags together with Atlantic Grey seals are also found on and around the island.

The return journey is timed to coincide with witnessing the tens of thousands of shearwaters that congregate at sea before they return to their burrows on Skomer and Skokholm Islands under the cover of darkness.

Our vessel is a Nelson 38 which has plenty of space to move around from the stern to the bow as well as a comfortable cabin. The boat trip lasts around 5 hours giving us plenty of time to cover all the subjects we may encounter. News and images can be found on Andy's Facebook page here.

Possible dates for 2016
The boat trips will run from April until the end of September from between 4pm-5pm and 9pm-10pm depending on the time of year. Please contact Andy if you wish to be placed on the email list. Email andy@andydavies.info or contact him on 07977 562321. A message will be sent out if it is looking likely that the trip will run a couple of days in advance.

Trips are subject to weather, sea conditions and minimum numbers. We will only go if these are in our favour.

Cost
Boat trip £95.

 

Joining Instructions
We meet at the Dale Sailing's pontoon in Neyland Marina. Meeting time will be advised beforehand. Participants must text Andy the day before on 07977 562321 to confirm their attendance. He will only reply if there is a problem.

Bring your own food. Tea and coffee will be provided on board.



Gannet
Huw Jones
July 2015
Gannet
Ann Grosart
May 2016
Gannet
Mike Snelle
May 2016
Gannet
Alannah Ruthen
May 2016
Gannet
Ruth Rees
September 2014
Gannet
Colin Whitcombe
July 2015
Gannet
Lyndon Lomax
July 2015
Gannet
Dave Godfrey
July 2015
Gannet
Lyndon Lomax
September 2014
Gannet
Janet Baxter
September 2014
gannet
Alannah Ruthen
June 2014
Gannet
Lyndon Lomax
July 2013
Gannet
Mark Clayton
June 2011
gannet
Alannah Ruthen
June 2011
gannet
David Miller
June 2011
Gannet
Dot Griew
June 2011
 
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andy davies photography & video tel ++44 (0) 1269 871870 Mobile: 07977 562321 andy@andydavies.info