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Shorewatch 2021

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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Do you want to watch out for whales and dolphins around Scotland? Find out more about WDC Shorewatch!

Resources

Shorewatch dolphin disturbance advice

Your one stop shop for Shorewatch resources, links, and downloadables.

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Shorewatch sites

Our Shorewatch volunteers are based all around Scotland, from Ayrshire to Edinburgh, from the Hebrides to Shetland. There are still lots of excellent locations we need help with so please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.

Meet the Shorewatch team

Sarah Dolman

Sarah Dolman

Policy Manager
Alice Walters

Alice Walters

Policy Officer
Katie Dyke

Katie Dyke

Policy Officer
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Emma Steel

Policy Officer

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.

Dive deeper

What are we learning from Shorewatch?

Informing conservation

Disturbance

Working with other groups

Latest news

Shorewatchers

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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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…

Get in touch:

Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions about Shorewatch.

  1. General enquiries: Shorewatch@whales.org
  2. Northern Isles: NorthernIsles@shorewatch.org
  3. Data requests: Data@shorewatch.org
  4. Social Media: Facebook

Newsletters

Our seasonal newsletters bring you the latest news and sightings.

Small cetacean report

Upcoming Events

Find out about training days and other events on our calendar.

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