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Taking part in a Shorewatch

Shorewatch – citizen science in Scotland

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.

SMASS & WDC Marine Forum - November 26th 2022

Bringing scientists and communities together to share knowledge, take action, sea change.

The Marine Forum is the Scottish Marine Stranding Scheme (SMASS) & WDC's annual knowledge exchange event, providing an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between researchers, citizen scientists, industry, NGO’s, and other parties interested in the marine environment and conservation.

The Marine Forum also celebrates the huge contribution our community volunteers make to understand and protect the marine environment.

This year marks the 30-year anniversary of SMASS, and as SMASS have moved to Glasgow. We will be hosting the Marine Forum at the Advanced Research Centre in the University of Glasgow.

At this year's event we are focusing on collaboration – between individuals, universities, industry, charities, NGO’s, policy, and beyond. We are telling the story of how marine science and conservation has evolved, from organisations largely working in isolation in the past, to increased collaboration and working together to achieve conservation goals.

This hybrid event will be both in person and streamed online, use the links to book your ticket.

Already a Shorewatch volunteer?

Login to our database to record your sightings.

Sign up for a training session

Fill in our form to send us your details. We'll be in touch

Taster sessions

Get in touch with us and we'll let you know when the Shorewatch team are in your area.

Further information

Read more about our successes to date, what's involved in a "Shorewatch" and how we use the sightings data.

Shorewatch sites

Our Shorewatch volunteers are based all around Scotland, from the Moray Firth 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.

Map of Shorewatch sites

Meet the Shorewatch team


Alice Walters

Shorewatch data coordinator

Katie Dyke

Shorewatch coordinator
Emma Steel

Emma Steel

Shorewatch coordinator

Get in touch:

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

General enquiries: [email protected]

Northern Isles: [email protected]

Data requests: [email protected]

Our partners

We work with a number of other organizations who help in running Shorewatch sites as well as sharing data.

Shorewatch receives generous support from: