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WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

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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Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC catalogues that help researchers piece together a Risso’s dolphin puzzle that will then protect these amazing creatures for years to come.  So far we have received over 2000 photographs, including historical images, from Shetland, Orkney, and along the North and…

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Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than 75,000 times. That’s 75,000 dolphin watches carried out as part of our citizen science Shorewatch programme! I tried to process that huge number in a bunch of different ways. A ‘Shorewatch’ is a 10-minute land-based survey for whales and dolphins.…

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Our volunteer citizen scientists are making waves in Scotland

I’m lucky enough to do a job that I love. For the last seven years I have been managing Shorewatch, our incredible citizen science project in Scotland. The world of whales, dolphins and porpoises is elusive. Some species live at great depths, spending only brief moments at the surface of the water to allow a…

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50 shades of grey – watching orcas in Scotland

Every year, people gather on cliff tops in the north of Scotland to watch out for orcas, some of whom come down from their winter herring-hunting grounds in Iceland on the look out for seals in the early Scottish summer. Run by the Sea Watch Foundation and supported by WDC, we call this event Orca…

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