(Above) Barrel Jellyfish (below) guillemot (below) gannet © Julie Hatcher
After last year’s success, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has added additional dates to the ocean cruises event, to allow even more people the opportunity to see wildlife up-close from the ‘Purbeck Princess.’
The three hour cruises* will take place on Friday 19th June and Saturday 27th June for just £12 per person, and £6 for children under 16.
Learn about Dorset's fantasic marine and coastal wildlife
This is an opportunity to learn about Dorset’s fantastic marine and coastal wildlife and guarantees cruise passengers a unique insight into this magnificent environment (without getting wet!). Experts from DWT will be on-board to point out interesting wildlife and talk about Studland seahorses, Durlston’s dolphins and Brownsea’s sea birds.
The guests loved seeing puffins and barrel jellyfish
DWT Marine Centre trainee, Hazel Munt attended the last ocean cruise. She said, “With great excitement we left Poole Harbour, and it wasn’t long before we started seeing Mediterranean gulls and cormorants. Plenty more birds were seen on the lagoon past Brownsea, and we saw oyster catchers and several gull species along the beaches. The guests loved seeing puffins and barrel jellyfish and to top off the evening, it ended with a spectacular sunset over Poole and Old Harry rocks. Everyone learnt something, and it was a great chance to see wildlife up-close.”
The trip also offers passengers the best view of coastal Dorset landscapes
The ‘Purbeck Princess’, has a large undercover area, heating, toilets, and a large outdoor viewing area, to give passengers the best view of Dorset coastal landscapes.
On previous Ocean Cruises, wildlife watchers onboard have been treated to sightings of bottle-nose dolphins, sunfish, minke whale and nesting seabirds on cliff tops.
Book now and come along!
For the cruise on Friday 19th June, arrival at Poole Quay, no later than 6pm. Boat departs at 6.30pm. For the cruise on Saturday 27th June arrival at Poole Quay no later than 2.30pm. Boat departs at 3pm. Book securely online or phone 01305 264620 for more information.
Notes to Editor
*Ocean Cruises - All departures are subject weather conditions. In the event that any of the dates are cancelled or postponed by Dorset Wildlife Trust then ticket holders will be offered an alternate date where possible or alternatively a full refund. If cancelled due to inclement weather or events out with our control we will endeavour if at all possible to reschedule but we cannot in this case guarantee a full refund.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.