National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week 2006, from Saturday August 12- Sunday August 20 2006, will be an opportunity for everyone to become involved in the research which goes into understanding these magnificent creatures.
Twenty eight species of whales and dolphins have been recorded off the British and Irish coast line. During National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week 2005, nine different species were reported.
To take part in National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week 2006 you will be able to go to one of the many Watch Sites that are being planned across the entire coast line of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. These sites will be manned by members of Sea Watch Foundation’s Groups and volunteers who will welcome your help scanning the seas and will be able to help you identify any sightings.
There will also be opportunities to take part in sea-based watches by joining trips organised by approved boat operators and you will be able to report back any independent sightings direct to our Sightings Officer.
All the sightings during the week help build up a picture of the distribution of species during August and the results are helping to inform our scientific understanding of the behaviour of the whales, dolphins and porpoises off our coastline. During the coming months, more details of how to take part and of the locations and dates of Watch sites will be posted on this site, so please revisit us regularly and make a note of the dates in your diary.
In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming a regular whale and dolphin watcher and in joining one of our regional groups please contact Sightings officer Hanna Nuuttila on 013545 561227 or email your contact details to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more, go to our events page.
National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week is supported by Defra.
Summary of National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week 2005
So far, 576 sightings were reported during the week. Please click here for a list of all the Whales, dolphins and porpoises that have been seen in UK waters during the National Whale and Dolphin Watch.
Notable sightings during National Whale and Dolphin Watch week 2005 included:
- a group of six fin whales observed off the coast of Pembrokeshire in South-west Wales. The group was the largest ever recorded in UK coastal waters.
- A group of 20 white-beaked dolphins seen from Stonehaven golf course, near Aberdeen, and other smaller groups off Girdleness
- Several large groups of up to 300 common dolphins seen from Wales, south Devon and the Channel Islands
- A group of 40 bottlenose dolphins, including calves, spotted in and around Cullen Bay, north-east Scotland, and a similar number in the Tay Estuary further south in eastern Scotland
- Risso’s dolphins, a species until recently very rare in the North Sea, seen off the north-east coast of Scotland
- Harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins widely distributed around the British Isles, including sightings of one or both species off the Northumberland, Suffolk, Essex, Kent and Sussex coasts