The recent sighting of a pod of 14 sperm whales in the Firth of Forth – one of the largest ever seen off the UK coast, and the largest such group in 20 years – has generated huge interest in cetaceans. The Scottish Seabird Centre is delighted to announce a very special evening talk by marine ecologist Dr Mike Bossley on his pioneering conservation work with dolphins in South Australia, with a special introduction by North Berwick-based marine conservationist Erich Hoyt.
Mike Bossley is a dolphin behavioural ecologist and conservationist who has been studying dolphins in the Port River estuary in Adelaide, Australia since 1988. Despite the many human impacts on the estuary it has great biodiversity, including marine mammals and seabirds. Mike’s patient observations have documented the many problems faced by these dolphins and led to the establishment of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary in 2005. He works with WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) Australasia and is based in Adelaide.
There will be a short introductory talk by Erich Hoyt about the worldwide work of Whale and Dolphin Conservation on protecting marine habitats as part of the WDC “Homes for Whales & Dolphins” campaign. Erich is WDC Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead of the Global Marine Protected Areas Programme. He is also co-chair of the newly formed IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force.
Erich has recently returned from delivering the keynote speech at the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society in Portugal where he won the Mandy McMath Conservation Award. He is also an award-winning author, having written 19 books and more than 500 reports, articles and papers including the seminal text book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.
Both speakers are connected through their work with the WDC which involves researching and lobbying to achieve better protection for cetaceans and their environments. The two scientists have been pioneers in establishing Marine Protected Areas for cetaceans globally and are currently campaigning to save the Hector’s dolphin in New Zealand
Following the two presentations, Erich Hoyt will chair a Q&A session.
Date: Wednesday 15May, 19:00-20:30
Timings: talk 19:00-20:00, followed by an opportunity to meet the speakers, pose any questions, purchase books by the speakers and get your copy signed.
Location: Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS
Price: £3.50 Seabird Centre members and concessions, £5 non-members
Booking required: call 01620 890202 to reserve your seats