Working with a local charter boat company Dolphin Survey Boat Trips, our survey trips, funded by the paying public, enable us to collect data on the marine mammals and other marine wildlife that we encounter in a non-intrusive manner. We are also licensed by the Countryside Council for Wales to carry out photo-identification on the bottlenose dolphins to produce our annual bottlenose dolphin photo-identification catalogue, providing information on individual dolphins that we have photographed throughout the field season.
During 2012 we will be teaming up again with local conservation organisation, Friends of Cardigan Bay to conduct day surveys throughout the Bay. We will be gathering important information on the local bottlenose dolphin population that we find here as well as other species encountered. The research includes taking photo-identification images of the dolphins when we encounter them and recording harbour porpoise and seals as well as unusual seabirds. We are offering you a great opportunity to see researchers in action and enjoy some of Cardigan Bay fantastic sites!
To find out more about our 2011 Cardigan Bay Day surveys with Friends of Cardigan Bay and Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Click here
We can support university students with collecting data for the undergraduate and masters projects.
Our data has been used in publications including the Atlas of the Marine Mammals of Wales (Countryside Council for Wales, 2009) and Monitoring important coastal sites for bottlenose dolphin in Cardigan Bay, UK (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 2009). We are also currently developing other projects in association with the Glaciology Department of Aberystwyth University to investigate the seabed of Cardigan Bay.