This year I couldn’t be happier to hear it’s #YearOfTheSea in Wales. Why? Because Wales has over 870 miles of astounding coastline met by some of the UK’s wildest seas!
Being welsh I might be biased but I do believe Wales is home to some of the UK’s wildest locations. The ocean around Wales is uniquely rich due to warm waters from the south meeting cool nutrient rich currents from the north creating a home for an abundance of wildlife. I spend a lot of my time exploring Wale’s wild spaces and I get really excited at the thought of sharing this wonderfully wild part of the UK with others and so in the summer of 2018 I decided to run my very own Wild Ocean Expeditions!
The trips were all about bringing people closer to nature in a new and adventurous way. Sea swimming, island hopping, photography tips and close encounters with wildlife – these trips were perfect for encouraging younger people to immerse themselves with wildlife on their doorstep. On one of the expeditions we landed on Skomer island, to be immersed inside one of the largest colonies of puffins in the UK. This was followed by a private land on Skokholm island to swim with the seals and seal pups and talk about the island’s history. I was also keen to highlight some of the less celebrated species such as Manx Shearwater. My second wildlife adventure involved a venture out to Grassholm island as well as photographing the diving gannets and resident dolphins. This will then be followed by a sunset swim off of one of the islands. These trips were not only a delight for me but also important in getting people to care for our oceans while highlighting ways people can help protect them.
2018 | WILD OCEAN EXPEDITIONS
In the summer of 2018 I ran my very own Wild Ocean Expeditions off of the coast of Wales to celebrate the incredible wildlife we have in Wales for #YearOfTheSea. The tours aimed to immerse the public in some of the largest sea bird colonies in the world while exploring some of the UK's most pristine habitats. From mega pods of dolphins and 10ft long basking sharks to swimming with seals, jellyfish bloom and giant spider crabs. The aim of these trips were to bring people closer to nature in a unique way where they could learn all about their surroundings and the wildlife within it.
Keep your eyes peeled for a special one off 2 day Wild Ocean Expedition in
2019 where we will be pushing the boundaries of adventure off of the coast of Wales...