Seal and Wildlife Trips

Tide, weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the Common Seals. Our trips go from Essex Marina, Wallasea Island and also from Burnham Town Quay. The seals are often as interested in us as we are in them and they will come surprisingly close to the boat. click here for directions to Essex Marina.

 

Example Trip Report

River Roach, Discovery Seal Trip 12:00 to 14:00 (submitted by Ian)
A routine Seal and Wildlife Trip between Midday and 2pm, on a rising tide from Essex Marina on Wallasea Island and the Town Quay at Burnham on Crouch to Yokes Fleet Creek between Wallasea and Potten Islands and back. A large flotilla of Canadian Geese (60+) seen stretched out along the north bank of the River Crouch paddling down stream along the Old Sea Wall toward the newly flooded areas and the new Crossrail Jetty.

Sighted in the Rive Roach basking in the cloudy weather, approximately 20 to 30 Harbour Seals; mothers with this years pups ..... some newborns, still very small and very cute ..... some a few weeks older, very healthy and appropriate weight and size for their age ..... along with several Juveniles from last year. We were fortunate enough to get close enough to view the mothers and pups at rest ashore, and also see mothers and pups at play in the shallows with some pups hitching a ride on mum's back and others taking their first tentative strokes alone. Most unusual of all, one juvenile seal was happy enough to swim alongside us as we moved away and he gave us an effortless display of his ability to out-run us and impersonate a Dolphin at play by arching himself clear out of the water and back in with hardly a splash as he picked-up speed and then veered sharp left and landed himself at speed onto the beach.

 

We continued on and entered the creek and saw another dozen or so mothers, pups and juveniles basking on the east shore and yet more at the next creek on Foulness Island. Several Oystercatchers spotted in various areas throughout the journey, along with; 6 Little Egrets, several Common Tern carrying small silvery fish back to nesting sites, various Gulls and one good sighting of a Marsh Harrier over Potten Island. Also flocks of various Gulls and Tern further up the creek at rest on the shores of Wallasea Island; exact details unavailable but a static white mass close alongside resting Harbour Seals. On returning to Wallasea Island we saw close up 1 Common Tern diving and catching small fish in Essex Marina and feeding it's lone offspring on a mud bank close to our regular mooring jetty. All in all and safe, enjoyable and productive day.

 

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