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Shorewatchers at the Knab, Lerwick, Scotland.

Celebrating three years of Shorewatch in Orkney and Shetland

Shorewatchers at the Knab

Celebrating three years of Shorewatch in Orkney and Shetland

Since Shorewatch began at our Scottish Dolphin Centre near Inverness nineteen years ago, volunteers have been helping us learn more about the whales and dolphins who live around Scotland so we can protect them. But there’s always more to know, so we added two new regions to the Shorewatch programme and it’s been a great success!

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Our volunteers clock up 1 million minutes looking for whales and dolphins

Members of the public who have committed to helping to save whales and dolphins have clocked up a massive one million minutes-worth of voluntary watches in Scotland whilst taking part in our Shorewatch citizen science data collection project. The 100,000 individual 10 minute watches have highlighted the amazing number of different whales and dolphins that…

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Emma Steel watching from land in snowy

Beyond the frost: Shorewatch volunteers rise to our three-year winter watching challenge

Understanding more about the whales, dolphins and porpoises who live around our coast is essential if we want to protect them. But to truly unravel their mysteries, we need to have eyes on them all year round. And we can’t do that alone. Even in the unpredictable Scottish winter, our Shorewatch volunteers brave the rain, frost, and snow to gather the data we need.

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WDC orca champion picks up award

Beatrice Whishart MSP picks up her Nature Champion award The Scottish Environment LINK, an organisation that brings together groups in Scotland to protect and enhance wildlife, landscape and the marine environment, has announced its MSP Nature Champion of the Year. The award has been shared this year by Jenni Minto is the MSP Nature Champion…

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WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC’s Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen Science category for the prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards. Shorewatch narrowly missed out on the first prize and the awards ceremony, which is now in its 11th year, and is backed by RSPB and co-sponsor NatureScot. WDC’s Shorewatch citizen science programme, monitors at…

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WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

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…

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