Dolphin Watch Picnic (for ages 14-25)

Dolphin Watch Picnic (for ages 14-25)

Are you between 14 and 25 years old and interested in becoming involved in our marine conservation work?

Become a Citizen Scientist and help our Living Seas Team to monitor the Cardigan Bay Big 3 (bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals) at our Dolphin Watch Picnic on Saturday 24th June from 11am-3pm. 

We’ll meet at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre before heading to New Quay harbour wall.

You’ll discover all about the Cardigan Bay Big 3, learn how to identify each species and see what animals you can spot. Find out more about how we monitor the local marine mammal populations and how you can become a volunteer at CBMWC.

The event is free of charge. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book a place call 01545 560224 or email

Please bring suitable clothing and shoes as well as a mini picnic to snack on.

Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphins

Volunteer Taster Session

Volunteer Taster Session

Do you live locally to New Quay? Are you between 14 and 25 years old and interested in becoming involved in our research and community engagement work?

CBMWC are hosting a Volunteer Taster Session on Saturday 3rd June, 1pm-3pm. This is your chance to experience what it’s like to volunteer at CBMWC, meet some of our current volunteers and find out how you can become involved!

The session will begin at 1pm with a tour of our centre and a quick chat about our Living Seas work. We’ll then head out to New Quay Harbour Wall to conduct a mini dolphin watch survey and possibly spot some dolphins, seals or marine birds. After our mini survey we’ll head back for tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance for you to talk to some of our current volunteers.


For more information about this event then please contact Laura Evans via email or call 01545 560224.

Our volunteering programme is supported by the Volunteering in Wales Fund via Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Living Seas Volunteers conducting a land watch survey

Discovering Our Coasts Project

Discovering Our Coasts Project

The Discovering Our Coasts Project aims to provide local young people (aged 14-25) with the opportunity to discover the Ceredigion coast and to develop key skills through a range of coastal events such as Marine Biologist Day’s, Dolphin Survey Picnics and though volunteering at CBMWC.

The volunteering opportunities avaliable to young people will include a range of activities from land based marine mammal surveys to conducting beach cleans, running educational events and inpsiring people through the CBMWC visitor centre.

As the Living Seas Science Officer, Sarah Perry leads the Wildlife Trusts marine team based at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and has been involved in marine conservation in the area for almost 15 years. “The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas work is vital for securing a healthy marine environment for future generations and young people are the future guardians of our seas. This project aims to inspire young people about the marine environment on their doorstep, to encourage them to explore their local area and to become involved in marine conservation now and in the future.”

Overseeing the project is Living Seas Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Evans who orginally joined the team at CBMWC as a volunteer in March 2015.  

“We’re looking to work with young people who are interested in marine conservation, environmental education or who just wish to become involved in their local communtiy”

“Volunteering is a great way to gain and devlop skills and can help you get into work or into futher education. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the experience I gained as a volunteer at CBMWC!”

Full training will be provided by the Living Seas experts at CBMWC and you don’t need a background in science to become involved. Volunteering at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain new skills, contribute towards marine conservation and experience our amazing marine life.

If you would like to become involved then please contact Laura on 

Living Seas Volunteers conducting Dolphin Watch surveys on New Quay harbour wall

Volunteer Applications 2017 – Deadline Extended

Volunteer Applications 2017 – Deadline Extended

Due to technical difficulties with our email and internet around the previous application deadline we have extended applications for the following positions – 

These positions run for the full research season 27th March – 30th October and volunteers must be able to commit to the full research period. 

Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine conservation, meet new people who share your interests and experience Wales’ amazing marine life. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain vital experience in field work, research methods, community engagement and much more.

Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and to work for other conservation or Government organisations.

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 19th February 2017

Team of Volunteers 2016


All Day Surveys 2017

All Day Surveys 2017

A fantastic opportunity to join researchers from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre on an All Day (minimum 8 hour) marine mammal survey in Cardigan Bay with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Throughout the survey researchers from CBMWC will collect important information on marine species in Cardigan Bay and the surrounding waters.

This is a great opportunity to see some of Wales’ amazing coastal views as well as our wonderful marine and seabird life. By joining a survey trip you will be contributing to marine conservation in Cardigan Bay as well as having the unique opportunity to join our team of experts.

All day trips provide avid wildlife watchers with the opportunity to see Cardigan Bay’s Big Three: bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals (seal pups on surveys during the pupping season September/October).

As well as the Cardigan Bay BIG 3 sightings in previous years have included, but are not limited to, common dolphins, sunfish, numerous jellyfish species, possible Minke whale sightings and sightings of thresher sharks. For those keen twitchers there were many wonderful sightings of sea birds including gannets, Manx shearwaters, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, puffins (and pufflings), skuas, scoters, petrels and occasional views of other shearwater species, great views of nesting auk colonies, in particular on New Quay headland, a fantastic sight from April until end of June when the adults and their chicks head out to sea.

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips boat, Anna Lloyd out on survey in Cardigan Bay

How to book…

Survey trips are run by and conducted aboard Dolphin Survey Boat Trips’ motor vessels, Anna LloydAnna Lloyd is a state of the art bespoke catamaran built in 2014, famous for their increased stability and thus perfect for long days at sea. Anna Lloyd is fully licensed and MCA registered to carry 12 passengers and is equipped with all necessary safety equipment and a part-sheltered deck and toilet.

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Monday 8th May
Thursday 18th May
Wednesday 31st May

Friday 9th June
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Monday 24th July
Saturday 29th July

Wednesday 2nd August
Saturday 12th August
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Wednesday 23rd August
Thursday 31st August

Sunday 10th September
Thursday 21st September
Saturday 30th September

Monday 9th October
Friday 20th October

Please note in addition to scheduled dates, we may also run All Day surveys at short notice to take advantage of any ideal weather conditions. If you would like to be included on a mailing list to be notified of these short notice surveys then please contact CBMWC on

We also recommend that you keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feeds for updates.

For more details and to book your place on one of these unique boat trips please call CBMWC on 01545 560032 between 10am and 4pm. The cost is £60 per person for the day, payable in advance. Full refunds will be given if trips are cancelled by Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Places must be booked in advance due to limited spaces. All trips will depart from New Quay harbour and will last approximately 8 hours (occasionally longer depending on survey route for the day).

These specialist trips run subject to the weather conditions forecast, a decision whether the trip will go ahead will be made as soon as possible but to avoid disappointment we try to make the decision as close to the departure date as possible (usually 20-48 hours before departure), although they are subject to last minute cancellation. We will always do our best to contact all passengers booked and therefore rely on passengers providing us with the appropriate contact details. We also ask that all passengers contact the CBMWC by telephone prior to travel to confirm the trip departure details and any for any additional information required. Please note mobile phone signal in this area is unreliable.

Please bring your own food (the skipper, researchers and volunteers particularly like biscuits and cake!), warm clothing, binoculars, sensible shoes and don’t forget your camera to capture those unforgettable moments!

Please remember that these are surveys for wild animals, sightings of particular species cannot be guaranteed and that you are joining a scientific survey. The boat used may be subject to change at short notice.

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin in Cardigan Bay

Wildlife Watch Group

Wildlife Watch Group

Do you live locally? Love marine wildlife life? Are you between 6-11 years old?

Come and join CBMWC Wildlife Watch Group to go searching for shells! Sunday 12th February 10am-12pm. 

We’ll explore the local rock pools searching for creatures that live in shells such as hermit crabs, limpets, periwinkles and dog whelks. Please bring waterproof clothing and footwear.

The group will then head back to our Discovery Room where you can create your own salt dough shell to take home with you.

The session can also be conducted inside in case of bad weather.

Each meeting costs just £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential please email or call 01545 560224 (Mon-Fri) to secure your place.


Perfect Christmas Gifts

Perfect Christmas Gifts

It’s that time of year again. Are you looking for a unique gift for your loved ones this Christmas? The let us help you …

Why not Adopt a Cardigan Bay dolphin for just £30 for a year? Choose from one of five Welsh dolphins, including newcomer Jacky who is a favourite of our Living Seas Volunteers.  Packs can be catered to adults or children (12 and under) and are filled with information about dolphins and the local marine life, a photo of the chosen dolphin and also comes with £2.50 voucher off a Dolphin Survey Boat Trip.

You can also treat your loved ones to a wildlife watching experience with a Dolphin Survey Boat Trips Gift Voucher, with prices from just £22.50. Give someone the chance to spot some of Wales’ amazing marine life including bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and a range of marine birds including gannets, razorbills and guillemots.

Not only are these great gifts but your money and support will help us to continue our vital research as well as allowing us to raise awareness of the amazing marine life found in Wales and the problems faced by our marine animals.

Please be sure to order gifts by 14th December to make sure they are dispatched in time for Christmas. All orders after this date will not be fulfilled until the new year. 

And the winner is….

And the winner is….

And the winner is….

As part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations CBMWC hosted a marine-themed art competition for local schools.

Some fantastic pieces of art were submitted inspired by the title; ‘Why you love Cardigan Bay’.


Some of the beautiful art work submitted to the competition

Six local primary schools participated in the competition; it was great to receive so many different pieces of art all inspired by Cardigan Bay.

Celtic Sustainables sponsored the competition with the winning school receiving £200 worth of paints from their Earthborn range.

TV presenter Iolo Williams and Celtic Sustainables had the difficult decision of choosing the winner with so many interesting and inspiring submissions. After much deliberation they awarded Llanarth Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Llanarth) the winning prize for their beautiful piece of art which highlighted why they love Cardigan Bay and different ways we can look after it.


Llanarth Primary School’s winning piece with Iolo Willams and Morag Embleton

Thank you to Llanarth Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Llanarth), New Quay Primary School (Ysgol Ceinewydd), St Padarn Primary School (Ysgol Padarn Sant), Trewen Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Trewen), Cenarth Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Cenarth) and Beulah Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Beulah) for all your beautiful art work.

20 Years of Marine Conservation

20 Years of Marine Conservation

Superpod success!

On Saturday 24th September CBMWC celebrated its 20 year anniversary. The day was an outstanding success with over 335 people joining us to celebrate and to be part of our World Record Attempt.

TV Wildlife Presenter Iolo Williams officially launched the world record attempt to create the ‘largest gathering of people forming the shape of a dolphin’ on the Main Beach, New Quay. To make the human superpod look like a dolphin attendees were asked to wear a blue or grey top and dolphin masks were provided on the day.


Iolo Williams pictured here with WTSWW Living Seas Science Officer Sarah Perry, New QUay town Major Breet Stones and CBMWC founder and owner of Dolphin Survey Boat Trips Steve Hartley

Iolo Williams pictured here with WTSWW Living Seas Science Officer Sarah Perry, New Quay town Mayor Brett Stones and CBMWC founder and owner of Dolphin Survey Boat Trips Steve Hartley


Over 335 people attended form the shape of a dolphin on New Quay main beach.

The dolphin shape before!

The dolphin shape before!

The World Record Attempt!

The World Record Attempt!

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre was established in 1996 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving the marine life of Cardigan Bay through research and education. In April 2015, CBMWC became part of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and are delivering the Trust’s Living Seas Programme.
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager for The Wildlife Trust said,

“We are absolutely delighted with all the support we received on the day. Hundreds of dolphin wannabes of all ages filled the dolphin shape to create our human superpod. It was great to see so many families with young children taking part and showing an interest in marine conservation. If members of the public are inspired to learn more about our vital conservation work then please Support Us.”

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre was established in 1996 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving the marine life of Cardigan Bay through research and education. In April 2015, CBMWC became part of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and are delivering the Trust’s Living Seas Programme.

The 20 year event team!

The 20 year event team!

Steve Hartley founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre said,

“the event was a celebration of 20 years of the CBMWC and marine conservation, it was also our opportunity to highlight the hard work, support and dedication our volunteers have provided over the years”.

Sarah Perry, Living Seas Science Officer said,

“As a former volunteer myself I know how difficult it can be to gain valuable experience in the environment sector in order to gain employment, not only does CBMWC provide this opportunity, but our aim is also to inspire the local community as well as future generations to help look after the marine environment”.

Dr Stephanie King, Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and member of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Alliance volunteered at CBMWC for six months in 2006.

Dr King says “My time volunteering at the CBMWC provided me with an invaluable, unique experience that without doubt benefited me in my chosen career. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to support marine conservation work in Wales through my time at CBMWC and to have the opportunity to be inspired by the Cardigan Bay dolphins.
I know that many other people have also benefited greatly from the fantastic opportunities available; I thoroughly enjoyed my time in New Quay working with a fantastic committed, professional team of people. I continue to collaborate with the staff and volunteers based at the CBMWC, focusing on the vocalisations of the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay.”

Other marvellous marine activities on the day included an interactive marine wildlife rescue demonstration from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, story telling with Puffin Pal and his Island Friends and marine arts and crafts from a variety of stalls. A massive congratulations to Llanarth Primary School who won the local school marine art competition sponsored by Celtic Sustainables.

We would like to thank Dolphin Survey Boat Trips, Celtic Sustainables and Discover Ceredigion for sponsoring the event, thank you to all the schools for submitting entries to the art work competition and all the wonderful stall holders for helping make the event a great success. Thanks also to The Lime Crab, Crème Pen Cei, New Quay Honey Farm and Dolphin Survey Boat Trips who kindly donated some fantastic prizes for our raffle on the day.

A special thank you also to Iolo Williams and all our dedicated volunteers for their support and hard work over the last 20 years.

For more fantastic photographs and a time lapse video of the WRA please see the main WTSWW website here.

BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Course

BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Course

Book your place on British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Marine Mammal Medic course being held on Sunday 25th September at CBMWC.

You will receive training in how to rescue whales, dolphins and seals provided by BDMLR.

This is a full day course. The fee of £90 includes a year’s subscription to BDMLR, a year’s 3rd party rescue medic insurance, cloth medic badge, car stickers, medic ID card, a certificate and a copy of their internationally accredited Marine Mammal Medic Handbook.

To book your place and for more information please contact BDMLR directly (not CBMWC).

Book via their website or call 01825 765 546 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Download the course poster here.

Please note that you will need your own drysuit or wetsuit with boots for this course. Practicals will be held in the water in the afternoon. CBMWC and BDMLR unfortunately do not have this equipment to hire.

Name a Dolphin Competition

Name a Dolphin Competition

To celebrate the Wildlife Trust’s National Marine Week, 23rd July to 7th August 2016, CBMWC are giving you the chance to name one of Cardigan Bay’s bottlenose dolphins!

Jacky and her calf 657 are frequent visitors to New Quay Bay and as 657 seems to becoming independent of its mother we have decided it needs a forever name!

675 can be identified by scarring on its dorsal fin

675 can be identified by scarring on its dorsal fin

To be in with a chance of naming a dolphin, submit your chosen name for £1 at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre or online for £2 (due to paypal admin fee). Your donation will help to support our research and educational and awareness work. The competition is running from 23rd July to 7th August 2016.

Good luck!