Watch out for whales and dolphins around Scotland with WDC Shorewatch
Scotland is an amazing place to see whales and dolphins safe and free; local Shorewatchers are taking action to make sure that it stays that way. Find out how to get involved or report your sightings.
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How does Shorewatch help?
Dive deeper to find out more about how Shorwatch is enabling us to find out more about whales and dolphins in Scotland and how this helps with their conservation.
What are we learning from Shorewatch?
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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…
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…
Citizen Science really matters
The WDC Shorewatch team have been recording some really exciting sightings: pygmy sperm whales from the Western Isles, sperm whales from the Moray Coast and orca from the North coast; but why does all this data matter? The term ‘citizen science’ is most often used to describe schemes which data is collected by community volunteers…
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