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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

BALEARIC SHEARWATERS off Britain in 2009







Balearic Shearwater photographed off the Isle of Wight (Kris Gillam)
The SeaWatch SW website has recently been updated, including all the news from August and September 2009. To view this month's news see: http://www.seawatch-sw.org
News items are as follows:
1) Send us your Balearic Shearwater sightings now! Have you seen a Balearic Shearwater in the UK or Ireland this year? If so, we'd love to hear from you!
2) UK/Ireland Balearic Shearwater report for August and September 2009. Get the latest summary of UK and Irish sightings of this Critically Endangered seabird;
3) SeaWatch SW surveyors have a rollercoaster ride! Find out what the intrepid SeaWatch SW observers got up to this autumn;
4) SeaWatch SW survey produces more rare seabirds! Includes descriptions of Wilson's Storm Petrel and Fea's Soft-plumaged Petrel;
5) Superpod of Common Dolphins seen off Gwennap Head in August! Several hundred dolphins were the pick of the marine wildlife sightings this autumn;
6) Balearic Shearwaters and other scarce seabirds seen from Gwennap Head. An influx of scarce shearwaters and a fly-over Purple Heron kept things interesting;
7) Record influx of scarce shearwaters in Devon and Dorset. Full details of a record-breaking day for both Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters;
8) Amazing new images of the Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater. Some of the best photos yet obtained of this charismatic seabird. In addition, a number of news items have been carried over from the last update as the project website was down for a few days shortly after the update was advertised;
9) UK/Ireland Balearic Shearwater report for July 2009. Get the latest summary of UK and Irish sightings of this Critically Endangered seabird;
10) SeaWatch SW survey gets off to a flying start! Find out what the SeaWatch SW team got up to at Gwennap Head during July;
11) SeaWatch SW survey scores an albatross! Full details of the remarkable sighting of a Black-browed Albatross off Gwennap Head on 26 July;
12) Balearic Shearwaters and other scarce seabirds seen from Gwennap Head. A summary of all other significant seabirds records seen from the watchpoint in July;
13) Unsettled weather affects Basking Shark sightings for third year in a row. Latest news about Basking Sharks and other marine wildlife sightings off Gwennap Head14) Marinelife boat-based surveys updateGet the offshore perspective with all the July news fro;
m the Marinelife team in Lyme Bay;
15) Berry Head 2008 report now available. SeaWatch SW observer Mark Darlaston provides a great summary of 2008 sightings from Berry Head;
16) SeaWatch SW sister sites update. SeaWatch SW welcomes Pendeen and Whitburn to the sister site network. Find out how you can get involved;
17) SeaWatch SW represented at first international Basking Shark workshop. Putting the results into policy: find out more about our Basking Shark research;
18) SeaWatch SW results published in British Birds. Full details on our latest publications about Madeiran Storm-petrels and Balearic Shearwaters;
19) Fundacion Migres again produces huge count of Balearic Shearwaters. The team at Gibraltar counted 17,576 Balearic Shearwaters leaving the Mediterranean this spring;
20) SeaWatch SW Assistant Co-ordinators. As the project gets ever bigger, we are pleased to welcome John Swann and Alice Jones to the co-ordination team.
Russell Wynn, SeaWatch SW co-ordinator - http://www.seawatch-sw.org