Great New Quay Beach Clean

Great New Quay Beach Clean

As part of Marine Conservation Society‘s Great British Beach Clean weekend we’re running “The Great New Quay Beach Clean”.

Join our Living Seas Volunteers to tackle marine litter on New Quay’s beaches. In 2016 CBMWC collected nearly 50,000 pieces of litter that had the potential to harm our wonderful marine life.

Meeting at the Marine Wildlife Centre at 11am. All equipment will be provided.

This is also your chance to find out how you can become involved in our marine conservation work.

For more information on the event then please contact or call 01545 560224

Living Seas volunteers conducting a beach clean


Become a Marine Biologist

Become a Marine Biologist

Do you live locally to New Quay? Are you between 14 and 25 years old and interested in becoming involved in marine conservation? 

As part of our Discovering Our Coasts project we’re giving you the chance to Become a Marine Biologist for the day on Saturday 23rd September, from 10am-4pm.  

Join our Living Seas experts for a day of interactive workshops to discover the marine life of Cardigan Bay. 

We’ll carry out a Dolphin Watch survey from New Quay Harbour wall, hopefully spotting bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals or harbour porpoise. You’ll then help to process and map the data we collect. In the final session of the day we’ll explore the local rocky shore and carry out a Shoresearch survey. 

Find out more about the volunteering opportunities available for young people 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 warm, waterproof clothing and shoes as well as a packed lunch.

All under 18’s must have a signed parental consent form.

Marine Biologist’s for a Day – Conducting a ShoreSearch Survey


Be Tidy Beach Clean

Be Tidy Beach Clean

This September Keep Wales Tidy – Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus are asking you to be tidy and to help clean up Wales in one of the country’s biggest clean up campaigns! 

Join our #LivingSeas volunteers on 2nd September from 10am -12pm, to tackle marine litter on New Quay’s beaches. In 2016 CBMWC collected nearly 50,000 pieces of litter that had the potential to harm our wonderful marine life. 

Meeting at the Marine Wildlife Centre at 10am. All equipment will be provided.

This is also your chance to find out how you can become involved in our marine conservation work. #volunteering

For more information on the event then please contact

Living Seas volunteers conducting a beach clean

Name a Seal Competition

Name a Seal Competition

To celebrate The Wildlife Trust’s #NationalMarineWeek, which starts on Saturday 29th July and finishes on Saturday 13th August 2017, The Wildlife Trust’s Living Sea team at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) are giving you the chance to name one of Cardigan Bay’s Atlantic grey seals!

The SeaSeals Conservation Project was launched by the CBMWC in 2014 and the aim of the project is to create a seal photo-ID database of the Cardigan Bay Atlantic grey seal population. The project will also help us to identify important sites along the Ceredigion coastline in order to monitor their movements and breeding as well as estimate population size.

Individual Atlantic grey seals can be identified by the unique colouration and markings on their pelage. Photographs are taken of both the left and right side of the head and body by Living Seas staff and volunteers. This non-invasive technique is used in order to not disrupt the seals natural behaviour.

The Atlantic grey seal in need of a name is Seal 006, who is frequently sighted during our SeaSeal Surveys from the coastal path overlooking Bird’s Rock. This female seal is often photographed hauled out on the rocks or in the water around Birds Rock.

Seal 006 photographed from Birds Rock by our SeaSeal Volunteer

To be in with a chance of naming a seal, submit your chosen name for £1 at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre or online for £1.

Your donation will help to support our research work, including the SeaSeal Project and our community engagement work.

The competition is running for the full length of National Marine Week, from 29th July to 13th August 2017. After the closing date our Living Seas Team will vote for their favourite name and then the top 3 will be put into a poll on our Facebook page.

Submit you Name a Seal entry below!

Seal Name
Your Name

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 29th July from 11am-1pm. 

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.

Tuesday 4th April 
Friday 14th April
Saturday 29th April

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

Friday 9th June
Saturday 17th June

Monday 24th July
Saturday 29th July

Wednesday 2nd August
Saturday 12th August
Friday 18th August
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.