Watches all around the UK between 29th July – 6th August 2017.
Find out how to take part, or scroll down to see the 2017 National Whale & Dolphin Watch sightings so far!
Members of the public are invited to take part in dolphin, whale and porpoise surveys around the UK as part of the 16th National Whale and Dolphin Watch. The data collected during the event will help in developing a snapshot of the distribution of dolphins, whales and porpoises around the UK. This is an opportunity for everyone to become involved in the research which goes into understanding and protecting these magnificent creatures. See below for more information on arranging your own watch.
How to take part?
In the run-up to the watch
Set up your own watch
If you have some experience in cetacean watching, just download some forms and choose a watch site near you. Lauren, SWF’s National Whale & Dolphin Watch Assistant, can talk you through the data collection procedure and help you prepare for your watch 01545 561227 or email@example.com.
If you haven’t done a watch before and would like to involved please also email Lauren and she will set you off on the right foot.
During the event
Join an organised land-watch or a boat-based watch
Click here to find out about watches in your area
Report your sightings
If you are out and about, at sea or by the coast sailing, fishing, diving, hiking or just walking your dog don’t forget to keep a look out and send us your sightings, by post, email, or telephone as soon as possible, so that we can update our website list of sightings immediately.
Click here to access the online sightings form.
It’s not too late to arrange a watch for yourself!
You can head to the coast and conduct a watch anytime you like, please just let us know about it (before or afterwards) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to report your sightings?
Click here to find out how to report your sightings.
2017 National Whale & Dolphin Watch sightings so far
There have been 566 sightings reported so far over the week.
These species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been seen in UK waters during the National Whales and Dolphin Watch. Please choose an area….
- Orkney and North Scotland
- North East Scotland
- East and South East Scotland
- North East England
- Eastern England
- Southern England
- South West England
- Channel Islands
- North West England
- Isle of Man
- South West Scotland and Inner Hebrides
- North West Scotland and Outer Hebrides
- Northern Ireland
|Bottlenose dolphin (x20)||1 Aug 14:00||Littlehampton, West Sussex by Mick Kemp.|
|Bottlenose dolphin (x12)||6 Aug 13:00||Looe channel, Solent by Paul Tullett.|
|North West England|
|Harbour porpoise (x2)||1 Aug 13:15||St Bees Cliff, Cumbria by Suzie Miller.|
|Sightings not yet received|