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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

Orca Watch in Scotland

For the past few days, as part of its Shorewatch programme, WDC has been participating in the annual Orca Watch in Caithness in the very north of Scotland. The event is run at this time of year to coincide with peak sightings of orcas that visit the Caithness coastline and the Northern Isles of Shetland…

Shorewatch, or Haarwatch?! September’s Big Watch Weekend.

WDC Shorewatch’s bi-annual Big Watch Weekend was a brilliant success again this September. The weather was not as kind to us as it was in June with many of our Shorewatch sites covered in a thick haar for most of the weekend. It became a serious case of Haarwatch for many of us… haar haar…

Shorewatch’s September Big Watch Weekend

After a fantastic season it’s time for Shorewatch’s bi-annual Big Watch Weekend: 12th, 13th and 14th September. During this weekend our dedicated Shorewatchers layer up and anchor themselves to their Shorewatch sites, with the aim of completing as many Shorewatches as possible. We will then be able to see what is going on at that exact…

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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