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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

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The Life of Riley, A WDC Shorewatch dog

Find out about WDC Shorewatch through the eyes of Riley the springer spaniel and his owner Steve Truluck. A dog that writes blogs? Pull the other one! OK so actually I’ve trained my human to type what he’s told; he’ll do anything for one of my cuddles. I’ve been asked to write a series of…

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The Moray 'Mediterranean’ shines over watching weekend

September 9-11th marked our 12th Big Watch Weekend for WDC’s Shorewatch sighting project in Scotland. With our team of dedicated volunteers raring to go, we were hoping for a record number of watches.  Unfortunately, high winds on the west coast stopped our west coast volunteers in carrying out many watches and impacted our overall numbers.…

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UK Orca Watch 2016

Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness. The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible…

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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