Friday, April 13, 2007

See the Seals

Trips out to see the seals off the Thanet coastline are being extended this year, with the first tours taking place later this month (April).

In previous years, seal trips have run from Minnis Bay in Birchington during the school summer holidays, but this year for the first time, the Thanet Coast Project has arranged a series of additional seal trips during April, May and June. The wildlife sailing excursions are led by Mike Turner and will last for four hours and as well as seeing seals, include a visit to a sandbank.

The first trip takes place on Saturday 21 April at 7.15am, with the next on Sunday 22 April at 8.15am. In May, the trips depart at 6.30am on Saturday 19 May and at 7.15am on Sunday 20 May, while the June trips take place at 9.30am on Thursday 21 June and 10.15am on Friday 22 June.

Thanet Coast Project Manager Tony Child said: “Every year, the seal trips are one of the most popular coastal activities we run and understandably so, as this is a great opportunity to see these beautiful creatures close up in their natural environment and to learn more about them. We’ve listened to comments from people, who’ve suggested that we should run more of this and that’s why we’re extending the season into the spring, as well as the school summer holidays. We hope this will make the seal trips more accessible to everyone, but be sure to book early, as these excursions are exceptionally popular and tend to fill up very quickly.”

Tickets cost £20 per person. Bookings for the April seal trips can be made by cash or cheque by calling into the Margate Visitor Information Centre at 12-13 The Parade. Bookings and payments will be available online from May for future trips at Further information can be found online or by call the Thanet Coast Project on 577672.

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