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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

Local volunteers record lots of activity over WDC Shorewatch Big Watch Weekend

Volunteer whale and dolphin observers took to the shore despite the weather as part of the WDC Shorewatch Big Watch Weekend (BWW). WDC Shorewatch relies on community volunteers to monitor the presence of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Scotland. WDC asks volunteers to carry out regular 10-minute watches at specific sites to help learn more about…

Orca Watch in Scotland …the results are in

The WDC team has now left Scotland and the beautiful Caithness coastline but the sightings continue. During our week in the far north we were fortunate enough to see orcas, humpback whales, minke whales and harbour porpoise from our vantage point at Duncansby Head, just two miles from John O Groats. Other keen whale watchers…

WDC volunteer sightings – conservation in action!

Volunteers have been collecting land-based sightings for WDC for more than 10 years and we are proud to announce that working with Dr. Clare Embling from Plymouth University, we have shown how valuable our data are with our first peer-reviewed publication: ‘How much effort is enough?  The power of citizen science to monitor trends in…

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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