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WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

Shorewatch volunteers collect data that helps protect whales and dolphins

We are thrilled that our Shorewatch programme has been shortlisted in the Citizen Science category at RSPB Scotland’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards, and you can help us win!

The Shorewatch citizen science programme, monitors at risk species of whale, dolphin and harbour porpoise in the Northern Isles. Members of the public are encouraged to train as volunteers to identify and scientifically record the movements of legally protected species from coastal lookout points, collecting vital data about where they breed, feed and travel.

This data then helps with marine conservation planning, influencing policy and development decisions to ensure better protection for whales and dolphins in the future. In the past, this work has helped create marine protected areas in the seas around Scotland.

The winner of the Citizen Science Award is being decided by a public vote, so please vote for WDC’s Shorewatch porgramme by clicking here.
Voting will close on the 27 September.

On 17 November, the Awards finalists will gather at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to enjoy a night of celebration, where the winners of all 10 categories will be announced.

The awards ceremony, now in its 11th year and co-sponsored by NatureScot, will be hosted by wildlife presenter Iolo Williams and radio and tv presenter Arlene Stuart.


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