Citizen Science Research Trip Saturday 8 August 2020
August 8 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm£80
Come aboard our beautiful traditional Herring Ringnetter ship and join the search for whales, dolphins and porpoise!
Our trips are perfect for those who have never had an experience at sea or maybe you are a keen photographer or citizen scientist, hoping to record some local wildlife? Whatever your reason, our vessel ‘Seabird’ is incredibly stable and spacious, giving you the chance to experience a traditional wooden ship, once only used for fishing, she is now equipped with everything you need to feel safe and secure at sea.
The Research & Education Vessel ‘Seabird’ is a beautiful wooden hulled traditionally built ‘Ringnetter’ type vessel, descended from the legendary sailing drifters of the late nineteenth century.She is fully licensed and inured to carry 12 passengers and 3 crew, including a fully qualified and competent skipper.
She is a roomy and powerfully built vessel of 40 tons displacement and 17 metres overall length. Originally launched in 1969 from the slipways of her Scottish builders, Weatherhead and Blackie of Port Seaton, she worked through all seasons as a Herring Ringnetter and as a general purpose fishing vessel up until late 2018.
A sturdy and able ‘small ship’ developed and built to sail safely through the unforgiving waters of Northern Europe, yet retaining the exquisite hull lines of the Norse tradition.
We are a not for profit organisation. All proceeds go directly to maintaining and refitting Seabird and running Citizen Sea. We believe that beautiful vessels like Seabird should be retained to remind us of our maritime heritage an traditional craftsmanship. By giving Seabird a new lease of life, we hope to share our experience of the sea with others!
As this trip is approximately 5 hours, we recommend only adults attend. Being at sea is an amazing experienced, but for the little ones it can be quite tiring.
Come alone or with your family and friends or even charter the whole vessel for yourself. We will provide life jackets, crew, a wildlife guide, binoculars, cold and hot drinks and of course some biscuits!
All passengers must be confident in their level of fitness to board the vessel and remain in physical control at all times whilst sailing. Any underlying medical conditions, must be communicated by email prior to booking to Jen.Firth@citizensea.org
If you have experienced sea sickness in the past, we would recommend one of our evening trips before embarking on a longer journey.
Before booking, please keep in mind that we are at the mercy of the elements. We work with the wind, tides and sea state when planning our destination and journey.
We will welcome you at Bangor Marina at 10:30am and disembark (all being well weather wise) at 15:30. Passengers are expected to arrange travel to and from the Marina.
What Will You See at Sea?
All trips are weather dependent and we will plan our route accordingly. Departing from Bangor Marina, we have a lot of options! Belfast Lough is renowned and protected as a Special Protection Area for birds. On leaving the marina you will sea Guillemots, Razorbills, Cormorants, Eider ducks, Gannets along with many other seabird species. The local seals usually venture near to investigate as they search for food in the lough. Depending on our chosen navigation, we can travel towards the rugged coastline of Whitehead, where you will experience the historical and rugged Gobbins cliffs and recently restored Victorian walkway or motoring east to the beautiful Copeland islands where seal colonies and internationally important populations of birds nest and roost over the summer months. On the freshest of days, our best option is to stay close to shore and explore the local north down coast, entering the secluded areas of Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn.
Our main goal in navigating the local coastline is to record local species of whales, dolphins and porpoise! Recent sightings include Minke whale, Bottlenose dolphin and Harbour porpoise!
Every passenger will be provided with binoculars to help us record our local wildlife. We will teach you how to scan the sea and search for your favourite species.
What to bring
When venturing out to sea, its important to be prepared for all elements. We recommend bringing layers of clothing to allow for sun, wind and rain (hopefully not!).
Sunscreen is always a must and when its a bit chilly we recommend a well fitting hat and gloves.
Please bring a packed lunch and enough snacks and water to sustain you for the 4 hour trip.
Due to restrictions passengers movements are limited to the deck. There is no indoor space available as social distancing can not be achieved. You are welcome to wear a face-mask in light of the current Corona virus situation, however this is not necessary in an outdoor environment provided social distancing is maintained. We would also appreciate if you can bring you’re own filled reusable water bottle and coffee cup to minimise risk to crew when washing up. You may also bring your own antibacterial/viral hand gel as hand washing facilities are limited to using the toilet when necessary and passengers may be sensitive to our onboard products.
This is a great opportunity to get out in the sea air, contribute to local conservation and experience something unique! We look forward to welcoming you aboard!