Reconnect Sussex with its Dolphins!

by in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st May 2019 we successfully raised £2,673 with 44 supporters in 32 days

The Sussex community has lost a connection to their Dolphins. Let’s create a community of Ocean Champions, and safeguard the seas of Sussex.

by in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

  • Create a Dolphin Surveying training course for fishermen, sailors, watersports companies, and enthusiasts to collect data on marine mammals in Sussex. 
  • Purchase equipment, such as litter pickers, and organise beach clean events to work with the Sussex community in tacking the rising levels of single-use plastic found on our beaches.
  • Develop a life-sized Bottlenose Dolphin model which will be used for school workshops so that children can get up close to these incredible animals, whilst learning how they can protect these amazing animals.

Many businesses and individuals in Sussex feel a close connection to the sea - for many of us, it's a big part of why we live here! But few are aware of the diversity of marine wildlife, including Dolphins, under the waves or the threats to its existence.

Our coastline is one of the most poorly studied areas to study marine mammals (Dolphins, Whales, Porpoises, and Seals) in England, and thought to be home to few. Yet recently, we have been getting more sightings of these compassionate animals reported to us.

What is the Brighton Dolphin Project?

The Brighton Dolphin Project is an initiative from Brighton-based organisation, the World Cetacean Alliance, that aims to improve awareness about the importance of local marine ecosystems and species that can be found along the Sussex coastline.

Having launched in May 2018, we want to study our beautiful marine mammals found along the Sussex coastline by documenting sightings and collecting images to identify individual animals, as well as unite the local community to become Ocean Champions: people who feel empowered to take steps that will protect our marine wildlife, and its habitats. 

What makes us unique?

The Brighton Dolphin Project is carrying out pioneering studies into local populations of dolphins in Sussex, whilst also showcasing the incredible diversity of marine animals, and their habitats, along our coastline:

  • Our Dolphin Discovery visitor centre, based on the Brighton seafront, acts as a place of learning for visitors and runs activities including a VR Experience, displaying artefacts donated to us by the Booth Museum of Natural History, arts & crafts, beach cleans, and scavenger hunts.

  • We are the only project in Sussex that is actively contributing to the conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), as well as seals, through a public sightings network which collates sightings of these animals our coastline into a single database. We have over 200 sightings, shared with us by the Sussex community.

Bottlenose Dolphin 005, spotted near Chichester Harbour in January 2017, and then spotted January 2018 in the same location! We identified this individual through the nicks on its dorsal fin.

  • We are the only project in Sussex that carries out onboard wildlife trips, especially to the Rampion Wind Farm, which provides a unique opportunity to educate people about our amazing local wildlife, whilst emphasizing the importance of protecting our marine environment.

Using the funds

Our campaign will take the project into the heart of Sussex, engaging the public about what they can do to become an Ocean Champion, and securing the support of universities and research institutes to gather a better understanding of marine mammals in Sussex.

We intend to inspire communities to care about their local environment, encouraging human behavior change that will lead to increasing sustainable practices. 

Our project will place a special emphasis on our coastline and marine habitats by developing a unique sightings network and database, which will improve knowledge and protection of our local marine wildlife.

The funding target is set at £2,000, which we will use to achieve everything that we want to do this year. Here’s how we will use the money:

  • £50 will allow us to develop our educational activities in our Dolphin Discovery Centre so that we can inspire and engage everyone about our amazing marine animals in Sussex.
  • £100 will allow us to attend events in Sussex so that we can strengthen our community outreach, and reach out to local people about the work we do to protect marine wildlife.
  • £200 will allow us to purchase binoculars that we can use to look our Dolphins and Seals during our seasonal Wildlife Cruises.
  • £500 will allow us to purchase equipment we can use to run activities with social groups in Brighton, such as beach cleans, to tackle rising levels of single-use plastic.
  • £2,000 will allow us to train 12 volunteer wildlife officers to work onboard local tour boats (including to the Rampion Wind Farm), as part of our Wildlife Cruises.

Every penny counts, the more we get, the more buss we can create and the further we can develop strategies that help to reconnect Sussex with its Dolphins. Pledge your support and help us spread the word on social media.

Our rewards

We need to act NOW!

Our Research programme has already collected nearly 200 sightings, identifying 3 different species, and we have educated over 2,300 people about the incredible diversity of marine habitats and wildlife in Sussex. 

However, there is no formal sightings network to collate all this information and we cannot hope to better understand more about these remarkable creatures, as well as the seas of Sussex they live in.

We have a choice

This is far from a hopeless situation. We know how to safeguard the future of these beautiful and vital animals: success is within our grasp if the people of Sussex act now to collect data on dolphins in Sussex and unite as one to become a community of Ocean Champions.

Today we have a choice about whether dolphins retain their rightful place in the ocean but, without significant change now, we could see them go the way other now-endangered species, including Elephants and Tigers.

With your support, we can continue to reconnect Sussex with its dolphins, create a community of Ocean Champions, and safeguard the future of our coastline in Sussex.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Wild Tribe Heroes Books

Enjoy these incredible, engaging children's books about the global problem of ocean plastic, highlighting to children the relationship between humans and wildlife. Kindly donated to us by Wild Tribe Heroes.

£10 or more

Thank You Certificate from the BDP

A special certificate of thanks from the Brighton Dolphin Project for your supporting the crowdfunding campaign.

£15 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Brighton Pier Unlimited Wristbands

Unleash your adventurous side with these unlimited wristbands, whilst taking the glorious landscape of Brighton. Great as a gift! Kindly donated to us by Brighton Pier.

£20 or more

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Brighton Dolphin Project T-Shirt

Look stylish for marine wildlife with a limited edition Brighton Dolphin Project T-Shirt.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Chilly's Bottle

Enjoy a refreshing drink this summer with a Chilly's reusable drinking bottle, designed to keep water cold for up to 24 hours. Kindly donated to us by Harriet's of Hove.

£20 or more

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HISBE Gift Voucher

HISBE is a rebellious independent supermarket, based in Brighton, who are reinventing the way supermarkets do business, in order to transform the food industry. Enjoy your shopping experience with these exclusive gift vouchers. Kindly donated to us by HISBE.

£20 or more

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UK Marine Wildlife ID Books

Discover the hidden world of UK seas with these UK marine wildlife ID books. Learn all about Seaweeds, Sea Squirts, Basking Sharks and all of the amazing marine wildlife found along our coastline. Kindly donated to us by Wild Nature Press.

£20 or more

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LaserZone Day Passes

Looking for things to do with the kids (and grown-ups!)? We have 4 day passes for LaserZone! Located in the City Centre, 2 minutes from Brighton Beach. Kindly donated to us by LaserZone.

£25 or more

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Beach Volleyball Court Hire Voucher

Have fun this summer with an exclusive voucher that entitles you to a 1-hour beach volleyball court session. Kindly donated to us by Yellowave Sports.

£30 or more

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Signed copy of Whale & Dolphin ID Guide Book

Learn about these fascinating animals with this amazing book: "Whales and Dolphins of the North Atlantic Pacific", signed by the author Dylan Walker: CEO of World Cetacean Alliance.

£30 or more

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Ridgeview Vineyard Classic Tour & Wine Tasting

Indulge yourself with this classic tour and wine tasting experience with Ridgeview Vineyard for 2 people. You will enjoy a tour of the vineyard, an insight into the production of sparkling wine, and a tasting of wines in their room overlooking the South Downs. Kindly donated to us by Ridgeview Vineyard. Valid for 6 months.

£32 or more

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Bluebell Vineyard Estates Wine Tasting Experience

Enjoy this relaxed, fun and informative tours take visitors through the art and science behind winemaking, and enjoy a tasting of classic wines for 2 people whilst overlooking the South Downs. Voucher is valid until 23rd December 2019. Kindly donated to us by Bluebell Vineyard Estates.

£35 or more

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Green People Organics Skincare Bundle

Enjoy some "me time" with an exclusive skincare bundle, including shampoo and mascara, all made from ethically sourced natural ingredients. Kindly donated to us by Green People Organics.

£40 or more

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Mintie Gift Box Bundle

Keen to reduce your use of single-use plastic? We have this exclusive gift bundle which includes a Mintie stainless steel food storage box, as well as some handy snack pots. Great for packing family picnics, larger lunches, leftovers, cakes, and treats or to use at your local refill store for dry goods, etc. Kindly donated to us by Environmental Life.

£45 or more

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Tea Tasting & Blend Workshop

Learn all about the art of tea blending and tea tasting with a workshop from Bird & Blend Tea. Staff will teach you all about different teas and blending herbs, how they are made, best enjoyed and their health benefits. The workshop will take place in Brighton. Kindly donated to us by Bird & Blend Tea Company

£60 or more

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Kite Buggy Session

Unleash your adventurous side, and try something different, with a 2 1/2 hour kite buggy session in Camber, East Sussex. Kindly donated to us by The Kitesurf Centre.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

4 Sunset Wildlife Cruise Tickets

Join the Brighton Dolphin Project on our sunset wildlife cruise to learn about and hopefully see some of our amazing marine wildlife here in Brighton. All of our tours are accompanied by a friendly wildlife guide

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stand Up Paddleboard Session

Ever wanted to try something different? Enjoy a learn to stand up paddleboard session for 2 people (kit hire included). Kindly donated to us by Lagoon Watersports.

£160 or more

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Introduction to Freediving Session

Unleash your inner mermaid, or merman, with this exclusive introduction to freediving session. Kindly donated to us by NoTanx, a freediving club in Brighton.

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