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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. Read on to find out how to get involved or report your sightings.

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: