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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.

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What are we learning from Shorewatch?

Informing conservation

Disturbance

Working with other groups

Latest news

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The Life of Riley, A Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Shorewatch dog

It all started on the sofa. There we were, enjoying the sea view when suddenly there was an almighty splash out in the Firth. A whale then launched out of the water several times. My human, Steve, who is a WDC Shorewatcher, was beside himself. He grabbed his binoculars and witnessed a humpback whale   pirouetting…

WDC Shorewatch volunteer films humpback whales in Moray Firth

Following sightings of humpback whales off Shetland in recent weeks, there have been sightings of two of the creatures in the Moray Firth. It is believed that they may be the same two whales sighted off Aberdeen over several weeks during the autumn. It is thought the pair may be a mother and calf. WDC Shorewatch…

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Men in suits – The Life of Riley, A WDC Shorewatch dog

Like most of the Moray Firth in Scotland, the WDC Shorewatch site at Nairn is stunning. We were enjoying the views over the sandy beach and across 5 miles of sea to the entrance of the Cromarty Firth, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world famous Moray Firth dolphins, or maybe a whale, when…

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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