There were watches organised for National Whale & Dolphin Watch all around the UK between the 27th July and the 4th August 2019
Members of the public were invited to take part in dolphin, whale and porpoise surveys around the UK as part of the 18th National Whale and Dolphin Watch. The data collected during the event has helped in developing a snapshot of the distribution of dolphins, whales and porpoises around the UK. This was 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 how watch are typically organised.
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. Our SWF’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant, can talk you through the data collection procedure and help you prepare for your watch 01545 561227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t done a watch before and would like to involved please also email our NWDW assistant 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.
You can also 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 email@example.com.
How to report your sightings?
Click here to find out how to report your sightings.
2019 National Whale and Dolphin Watch sightings
There have been 402 sightings reported so far over the week.
These species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been seen in UK waters during the Orca Watch. Please choose an area….
- Orkney and North Scotland
- North East Scotland
- East and South East Scotland
- South West Scotland and Inner Hebrides
- North West Scotland and Outer Hebrides
|Common Seal (x1)||30 May 12:30||Coldharbour, Essex by Anthony Gunnell.|
|Grey Seal (x1)||1 Jun 07:45||West Hove Beach, Sussex by Sid Haniff.|
|Common dolphin (x2)||1 Jun 15:30||Shoreham, West Sussex by Stephen Purdie.|
|Dolphin species (x3)||6 Jun 11:00||Milford On Sea Car Park, Hampshire by Jonathan King.|
|Bottlenose dolphin (x4)||4 Jun 15:22||St Aubins Bay, Jersey by Kiara Soares.|
|Bottlenose dolphin (x3)||4 Jun 17:05||St Aubins Bay, Jersey by Kiara Soares.|
|Striped dolphin (x2)||4 Jun 17:10||St Aubins Bay, Jersey by Kiara Soares.|
|North West England|
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