Your chance to whale-watch in Wales!
Every year, scientists at the Sea Watch Foundation lead a campaign to get members of the general public contributing to science to protect whales & dolphins and they’re calling on you to get involved!
For over forty years, Sea Watch Foundation scientists as well as volunteer observers all around the coast have been reporting on whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) to inform Sea Watch’s huge database of records. In fact, the scheme is one of the oldest and longest running citizen science schemes in the worlds. Now it’s your turn to take part in their flagship summer event, the ‘National Whale & Dolphin Watch’ which is now in its 16th year. National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2017 takes place 29th July – 6th August and, with your help, could be the most successful ever!
“Many people don’t realise the wealth of whales and dolphins we have around our coasts. You don’t need to go abroad to go whale watching or to have a dolphin experience” adds Kathy. “In recent years we’ve seen an unusually high number of humpback whale sightings around the UK, for example, and we have some amazingly reliable dolphin-spotting locations” says Kathy James, Sightings Officer for Sea Watch Foundation. “And you’d be surprised at what you see even in places that aren’t designated hotspots; it’s all about getting out there to spot the animals using your patch and reporting what you see. Ultimately, even if you don’t see any cetaceans during a watch, that information is just as valuable to us as it helps us to build a picture all around the UK.”
“All that people need to do to take part is to report their whale and dolphin sightings to us and to either participate in the advertised organised watches or to arrange their own. No experience is necessary!” says Kathy.
During the nine-day 2016 event, eleven different whales and dolphins were recorded in UK waters as well as the tiny harbour porpoise which measures just a metre and a half when fully grown. Some 1424 sightings were logged and 7622 individual animals included! For more facts and figures from last years’ event, please see the 2016 National Whale and Dolphin Watch report.
The National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2017 is just two weeks away and the research charity behind the event are urging people to register now to run watches of their own to contribute valuable data for the protection of these magnificent species!
Please get in touch to find out more and to take part!
Find out more about the event: www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw
Join a registered event: www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw-2017-watch-list (please note that new events are being added all the time so keep looking!)
Register your own watch: www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw-2017
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SEA WATCH FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCH OR FOR PICTURES PLEASE CONTACT: Kathy James at email@example.com, or telephone 01545 561227
To view the 2016 National Whale & Dolphin Watch Report:http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NWDW2016.pdf