Volunteers are being urged to join three-hour watches from May 18-25 for Orcas (killer whales) from Duncansby Head on the north Scotland coast.
May is a peak month for seeking Orcas and the watches are part of a data-gathering exercise to better understand local populations of Orcas and other whales and dolphins before off -shore energy turbines begin to be installed in the area towards the end of next year.
Colin says : ” Last year we found that most of our sightings were three hours either side of high tides, so this year we are targeting watches during those periods and are hoping that volunteers will once again join us, even if it is just for a few of the 3 hour periods, so we can develop a chain of watchers.
Ivor Thomas is once again allowing a sea watch recorder aboard the John O’Groats ferry during its crossing to and from John O’Groats and Burwick, Orkney. Last year white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoise were recorded from the boat by our observers.
Colin says: ” Understanding the current populations and their movements is vital if we are to understand any impacts on them once construction begins, and how they respond once the construction phases are complete – information that will help scientists inform environmental impact assessments and conservation policies for the future.”
To volunteer contact Colin Bird on 07762969822, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caithness-sea-watching.co.uk where the times and details of the watch are listed under ‘events’.