Orca Watch 2019

Friday 17th May – Sunday 26th May 2019

 

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Designed by Josella Hunt
 

If you were worried that you missed the opportunity to take part into the Sea Watch Foundation’s Orca Watch event this year, then never fear – The Sea Watch Foundation in collaboration with Regional Coordinators in Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, and with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) will be organizing their very successful 2019 event again in May 2019.

The 2019 Orca Watch event will take place on the 17th-26th May in Caithness, around the Orkney and Shetland Isles!

Sea Watch Foundation in collaboration with their former Regional Coordinator Colin Bird have been organizing an annual national recording event, the Orca Watch for the past 7 years. The idea of organizing this event originated from the possibility of underwater turbines installed in the Pentland Firth, which initiated the first seasonal watch to gather information on how killer whales use this area and what might be the consequences of such an installation. This year’s 10 day-long event will see hundreds of whale enthusiast volunteers scanning the sea of the Pentland Firth to try catch a glimpse of orcas, and any other cetacean species passing by. This annual event has been created to increase public awareness of how and when orcas utilise waters of the Pentland Firth during the summer months. This event also draws attention to the need for conservation, protection and continued research into the status, distribution, and abundance of this iconic whale species around the UK.

Killer whales (orcas) are rare in the British Isles but can be observed mainly in northern Britain, around the Hebrides and the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland). Those from the Northern Isles seem to come from a population that ranges between Norway, Iceland and the Faroes, visiting the northernmost North Sea in the winter to feed upon herring or mackerel, and then coming closer to shore between May and August, where they have been observed chasing seals.

The Sea Watch Foundation staff would like to thank in advance the following organizations that are greatly contributing to the success of this year’s Orca Watch: Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Scottish Natural Heritage, John O’Groats Ferries, Pulteneytown People’s Centre, RSPB wardens at Marwick Head, Sanday Development Trust, organizers of the Orkney Nature Festival, High Life Highland Countryside Rangers and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Finally, thanks to all Orca Watch volunteers who have contacted the event organizers and who are going to help making this event a great success!

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What’s on?!

This year, whilst our main base will be Dunscansby Head, we’re looking for your help to expand the data collection to other sites in North Scotland, Orkney and Shetland. We’re hoping this will be a great way for locals to get involved on their own patch as well as giving you the flexibility to add to the event whenever suits you!

Organised watches feature on the event list below, but if you’d like to run a watch of your own at a recommended watch site please click here. Whilst you could certainly plan your own holiday around the event, we are only inviting you to join in with our surveys and other events and we cannot provide accommodation or travel.

If you’d like to be kept in the loop with plans for Orca Watch this year, or if you want to volunteer during the event, then please contact Sea Watch Lead Organizers,  on orcawatch@seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

 

 

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    Duncansby Head

    Join Orca Watch founder, Colin Bird, as he watches for orcas! You can come along for as little or as long as you like, but if you think you can offer upwards of an hour please drop us a line so we can get organised! Please dress sensibly for changeable weather and bring the food and drink you may require for the length of your watch. Please note that the nearest toilet facilities are three miles away in John O’Groats.Download a watch form here. For further advice or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact Anna.

     

    Every day of the week we will be at Duncansby Head surveying for cetaceans, we would welcome volunteers to join us. The times of these watches are:

     

    Saturday 21st May 8am until 2pm

    Sunday 22nd May 8.30am until 2.30pm

    Monday 23rd May 9am until 3pm

    Tuesday 24th May 9.30am until 3.30pm

    Wednesday 25th May 10am until 4pm

    Thursday 26th May 11am until 5pm

    Friday 27th May 11.30am until 5.30pm

    Saturday 28th May 12pm until 7pm

     

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    9:00 amJohn O'Groats to Orkney ferry

    Day Trips daily to Orkney Islands departing from John O’Groats at 9am.  www.jogferry.co.uk  A chance to spot marine wildlife on your 40 mins crossing across the Pentland Firth on John O’Groats Ferry.

    Please remember to report any sightings you have during these trips to Sea Watch Foundation here: www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/sightingsform. We’re interested to hear about all your whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings, not just killer whales!

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    Drop in any time from 11am until 2pmDuncansby Head Grid Ref: ND 405 733

    Drop in session with Sea Watch Foundation. Come and learn how to survey for cetaceans and how to fill in the survey forms. Meet new people and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    Duncansby Head is 2 miles from John O Groats (where you will find the nearest toilet) and is the most North Easterly tip of Mainland UK. The site is very exposed and you will need to be warmly dressed and ready for the weather. The nearest toilet facilities are at John O’ Groats.

  • Mon
    23
    May
    2016

    18:30 – 20:30Pulteney People's Centre

    Talk from Rob Lott (WDC) plus guest speakers. Join us for a fascinating talk about Orcas of the world.

    For more information and to book please contact The Scottish Conservation Officer at Shorewatch@whales.org /01343820339.

    There will be a small charge of £2 but free to volunteers of both WDC and Sea Watch.

  • Mon
    23
    May
    2016

    2-4:45pmRSPB Forsinard Flows Reserve

    This walk is a great way to explore the Forsinard Flows reserve. Discover the peatlands and learn about our conservation work to protect and restore them. Please come prepared for changeable weather, wellies/walking boots and waterproofs are essential. This walk does not follow a trail or path and is over open peatland. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at RSPB Forsinard Flows Visitor Centre. Grid ref NC891425. Price: RSPB members £3.00; non – RSPB members £5; U16′s free. www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-415706

    Don’t forget to report any cetacean sightings you may have during your visit! www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/sightingsform

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016

    11am – 1pmHolborn Head

    A Highland Council Countryside Rangers event as part of the ‘Orca Watch’ week of events. Join the Countryside Ranger and use our telescopes to watch for whales, dolphins and porpoises in Thurso Bay from Holborn Head. Discover how to identify the different species and learn where the best sites in north Caithness/Sutherland are to see them.

    Wear warm/waterproof clothing and bring binoculars if you have them. Meeting place given out on booking.

     £4.50 adults, £3 concession, family £15. All children must be accompanied. Booking essential Paul Castle 01847 821531 paul.castle@highland.gov.uk

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016
    Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    11am – 2pmJohn O'Groats Tourist Information Centre

    WDC and Sea Watch will be holding an interpretation stand outside the Tourist Information Centre. Come and have a chat to learn about the amazing creatures you can see from your local shore!

  • Wed
    25
    May
    2016

    2:00 pmDunnet Head

    Join RSPB staff for a guided walk looking at the puffins and other birds nesting in the seabird cities at the most northerly point on the British mainland. The walk will last approximately 1 hour and covers some uneven terrain – stout footwear is essential, as well as appropriate clothing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Events may be cancelled in the event of persistent rain or strong winds.

    Meet at RSPB Information Point, Dunnet Head car park, grid ref:ND202767. Price: RSPB members and U16′s free; Non RSPB members £5 (refundable if you join the RSPB on the day). www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-414042

    Don’t forget to report any cetacean sightings you may have during your visit! www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/sightingsform

  • Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    1pm – 4pmSea Drift Centre

    Come and learn how to observe for whales and dolphins and record your sightings to protect these amazing creatures.

    For more information please contact The Scottish Conservation Officer at Shorewatch@whales.org /01343820339.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017
    Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    Duncansby Head

    Join Orca Watch founder, Colin Bird, as he watches for orcas! You can come along for as little or as long as you like, but if you think you can offer upwards of an hour please drop us a line so we can get organised! Please dress sensibly for changeable weather and bring the food and drink you may require for the length of your watch. Please note that the nearest toilet facilities are three miles away in John O’Groats.

    Download a watch form here.

    For further advice or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact Anna.

     

    Every day of the week we will be at Duncansby Head surveying for cetaceans, we would welcome volunteers to join us and also for watches to take place outside of these hours. The times of our set watches are:

    Saturday 20th May 11am until 5pm

    Sunday 21st May 1pm until 7pm

    Monday 22nd May 1pm until 7pm

    Tuesday 23rd May 9am until 5pm

    Wednesday 24th May 10am until 6pm

    Thursday 25th May 10am until 6pm

    Friday 26th May 9am until 5pm

    Saturday 27th May 10am until 6pm

    Sunday 28th May 11am until 5pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017
    Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    See timetableJohn O'Groats to Orkney ferry

    Ferry trips to spot orcas!

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    Sea Watch Foundation will have staff and volunteers on as many trips as possible to collect data and you can help with the spotting – the more eyes the merrier!

    Fares: £18/19 (with transfer between port and Kirkwall). Children under 16 half price. Under 5’s, bicycles & dogs free.

    Please liaise with John O’Groats Ferries to book tickets and to assure your chosen trip is going ahead. 01955 611353 or book online jogferry.co.uk. There’s a provisional timetable above and please note that on 21 May there will be departures from John O’Groats at 8.45am & 10:30am only. The 10:30 boat will dock in Lyness (Hoy) before returning at 16:30pm

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  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    4:15 pmJohn O'Groats to Hoy ferry

    This is your only opportunity to sail directly to the Orkney Isle of Hoy from the Scottish mainland on the passenger ferry from John O’Groats. Join the countryside rangers either walking out to the famous ‘Old Man’ sea stack or enjoy a slightly more strenuous guided walk through the Glens of Kinnaird en route to Rackwick Bay.

    Plenty of wildlife and stunning views on Hoy – hopefully whales or dolphins may be seen during the ferry crossing.

    Limited numbers. Booking and pre-payment to secure places by 14th May essential (credit/debit card booking available).

    £46 per person, covers ferry and bus ticket plus ranger event charge.

    Further info: please contact Paul Castle on 01847 821531 or paul.castle@highland.gov.uk

    Booking:John O’Groats Ferry on 01955 611535 (quote ranger trip when booking).

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  • Mon
    22
    May
    2017

    11am-12noonDunnet Head

    Join RSPB staff in celebrating the wildlife of the North coast as part of Sea Watch Foundation’s Orca Watch 2017.
    Meet at Dunnet Head to join the guided walk to look at the seabird colonies. Learn about the nature of the North coast and if we are lucky maybe even spot some whales or dolphins.
    Dunnet Head is exposed. Suitable clothing and footwear are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details on the site visit: www.rspb.org.uk/dunnethead

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  • Mon
    22
    May
    2017

    4-7pmStrathy Point

    Join our volunteer Orca Watch coordinator, Anna, for a watch from Strathy Point. Please dress sensibly for changeable weather and bring the food and drink you may require for the length of your watch. Please contact Anna if you would like to attend on annajem@hotmail.co.uk.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Duncansby Head, Caithness

    Duncansby Head is the main watch site for Orca Watch and volunteers will be stationed here each day of Orca Watch 2018.

     

    Duncansby Head Dedicated Orca Watches:

    Day

    Date

    Start Time

    Finish Time

    Saturday

    26/05/18

    6am

    12pm

    Sunday

    27/05/18

    6:30am

    12:30pm

    Monday

    28/05/18

    7am

    1pm

    Tuesday

    29/05/18

    8am

    2pm

    Wednesday

    30/05/18

    8:30am

    2:30pm

    Thursday

    31/05/18

    9am

    3pm

    Friday

    01/06/18

    9:30am

    3:30pm

    Saturday

    02/06/18

    10am

    4pm

    Sunday

    03/06/18

    11am

    5pm

     

    There are no facilities at the watch site, the nearest toilets are in John O’Groats. Please come well prepared with supplies and clothing!

    Contact lead volunteer, Anna Jemmett, for more details on annajem@hotmail.co.uk.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    10-4pmSumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

    There will be a watch at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, as it is the first day of Orcawatch there will be a display about the different cetacean species found around the Shetlands organized by the Shetland Marine Mammal Group.

    There are toilets at the watch site, a car parking, and a visitor Centre with a cafe.

    No need to book, just turn up. Binoculars and a telescope would be useful, and make sure to wear lots of layers!

    Contact Karen Hall for more details on Karen.Hall@snh.gov.uk.

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    Photo credit: Tore Kjelvik

     

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    7:00 pmPultney People's Centre, Wick

    Marie Mrusczok from Orca Guardians, an independent conservation nonprofit dedicated to the protection of orcas in Iceland, will fly in from Iceland and she will provide valuable insight into the seasonal movements of orcas between Iceland and Scotland.

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    There will be an introduction to Orca Watch by Sea Watch Foundation’s Sightings Officer.

    Tea and coffee provided.

    There is a small charge of £2 per person for this event.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    As per JOG ferry timetableJohn O'Groats – Burwick

    John O’Groats Ferries trips during Orcawatch

    The John O’Groats Ferry company have agreed to offer Orca-watchers a huge discount during Orca Watch week. Each journey, whether return or single, will cost £5/person (infants under 5 go free). That’s a saving of £14/journey. The discount can be applied to as many journeys as you like but only between 26th May and 2nd June.

    All ferry tickets must be purchased from the Ferry ticket office in John O’Groats in person during Orca watch.

    To prove that you are an ‘Orca-watcher’ and are eligible for the discount you will need to be wearing an Orca Watch wristband which will be available during the event only.

    200 wristbands in 2 sizes will be available from the event organisers at Orca Watch. To get your Orca Watch wristband all we ask for is a cash donation at the event to Sea Watch or Whale and Dolphin Conservation or both (Suggested minimum donation of £5).

    The wristbands are made from silicone rubber and are not for just this year’s event. Discounts and other offers may potentially be available next year too so keep your wristbands for future use!

    The Orca Watch Wristbands will be available ONLY from Orca Watch organisers at:

    1) Duncansby Head from 26th May until all gone;
    2)Pulteney People’s Centre, Wick after the Introductory talk by Orca Guardians Iceland on 26th May;
    3) At Burwick aboard the Pentland Venture, John O’Groats Ferries for passengers boarding from Orkney ONLY until they are all gone.

    To get your wristband:
    You will need to make a cash donation towards Sea Watch Foundation and WDC.

    The organisers will have donation boxes with them. The minimum donation is £5, but we suggest a donation of £9 and then buy 2 ferry tickets.

    That way for the normal price of a ferry single £19, you get 2 return trips aboard the Pentland Venture, a souvenir wristband, donate money to help whales and dolphins AND hopefully get an Orca sighting.

    Ferry tickets must be bought from the ferry office in John O’Groats or on the ferry at Burwick. Ferry tickets subject to availability on the day of purchase. There is currently plenty of availability but best to get your wristband and then your tickets as soon as you arrive.

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    Orca Watch 2018 – Wristbands

     

    Orca and the John O'Groat's Ferry by Fred Fermor.

    Orcas are often seen close to the ‘Pentland Venture’ as it crosses the Pentland Firth between John O’ Groats on the mainland and Burwick on Orkney. Orca and other whales and dolphins were also seen from the ferry during last year’s Orca Watch.

    See the JOG ferry timetable here: http://www.jogferry.co.uk/Ferry.aspx

    Photo by Fred Fermor.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    2-5pmHoxa Head, South Ronaldsay

    The Sea Watch Foundation is pleased to offer an event for anyone in Orkney wishing to learn how to look for cetaceans from a land-based vantage point. The event is to be held at Hoxa Head on South Ronaldsay, on Sunday 27 May 2018 in the afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm.

    The event will be led by Steve Sankey of Orcadian Wildlife, helped by family members Sami and Sarah Sankey, and is free to members of the public. Hoxa Head is just beyond the village of St. Margaret’s Hope and may be accessed by the minor road heading beyond the Sands of Wright. There is a small car park at grid reference ND408934 and the path to Hoxa Head is a short circular walk around the headland. Just follow the footpath signs.

    Steve will be on station at the old searchlight housing at the Head itself and is confident about seeing cetaceans given good weather and a good sea state. He has recorded 6 species of whales and dolphins* from Hoxa over the years, and it’s a good reliable spot for Harbour porpoise. With luck and patience, Orcas may appear, as might several other species.

    No need to book, just turn up. Binoculars and a telescope would be useful, although there will be telescopes on site.

    * FYI: Harbour porpoise; Risso’s dolphin; Common dolphin; Orca; Minke whale; and Fin whale (the latter just once in 15 years!).

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018

    7pm-9pmHillswick, Mousa Sound, Noss Sound, Sumburg Head, Eshaness, Nesting, Shetland

    There are car parking options at all watch sites but facilities are solely available at Sumburgh Head. Please come well prepared with supplies and clothing!

    For more information, you can call our regional coordinator for Shetland islands, Karen Hall,  during office hours at the following number: 01595 693345.

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

    11:45am- 4:45pmBurwick harbour, Orkney

    There are toilets at the watch site and a car park. Please come well prepared with supplies and clothing! The return ferry is at 17:15.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    10 – 12pmFair Isle, Shetland

    Details for this watch are still to be confirmed.

    For more information, you can call our regional coordinator for Shetland islands, Karen Hall,  during office hours at the following number: 01595 693345.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    11:45am- 4:45pmBurwick harbour, Orkney

    There are toilets at the watch site and a car park. Please come well prepared with supplies and clothing! The return ferry is at 17:15.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    John O'Groats

    The John O’Groats Ferries company have agreed to offer Orca watchers a huge discount during Orca Watch.

    Each journey, whether return or single, will cost £5/person (infants under 5 go free). That’s a saving of £14/journey. The discount can be applied to as many journeys as you like but only between May 17-26.

    All ferry tickets must be purchased from the Ferry ticket office in John O’Groats in person during Orca watch.

    To prove that you are an ‘Orca Watcher’ and are eligible for the discount you will need to be wearing an Orca Watch wristband which will be available during the event only. Wristbands will be sold at the ferry ticket office, on the headland and at the evening of talks in Wick.

    200 silicone rubber wristbands will be available from the event organisers at Orca Watch. To get your Orca Watch wristband all we ask for is a cash donation at the event to Sea Watch or Whale and Dolphin Conservation or both (Minimum donation of £5, suggested of £10).

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  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    John O'Groats to Orkney (and back)

    Sea Watch Foundation will have staff and volunteers on as many ferry trips between John O’Groats (Scotland) and Burwick (Orkney) as possible to collect data and you can help with the spotting – the more eyes the merrier!

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    If you want to be involved with data collection, download the Sea Watch boat-effort-related forms, their Cetacean ID Guide, and join them onboard the JOG ferries.

    If you are a first comer, remember to get in touch with the Sea Watch staff onboard the ferries, who will be happy to teach you how to identify whales and count in the wild, how to recognize the whale’s behaviour, and how to collect photo-identification images.

    If you have close-up images of any cetacean species encountered during you ferry trip, get in touch with our Orca Watch Organizers at orcawatch@seawatchfoundation.org.uk.  Your photo could help the Sea Watch Foundation monitor abundance, heath status and association patterns of whales and dolphins around the UK.

    JOG Ferries

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    Duncansby Head (Grid Reference: ND 405 733)

    Join the Sea Watch Foundation organizers and many other Orca Watchers as they watch for orcas!

    You can come along for as little or as long as you like, but if you think you can stay up to an hour let the organizers know so they can get organized!

    Please dress sensibly for changeable weather and bring the food and drink you may require for the length of your watch.

    Please note that the nearest toilet facilities are three miles away in John O’Groats.

    For further advice or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact the organizers at orcawatch@seawatchfoundation.org.uk or check the Sea Watch’s Orca Watch Facebook page.

    Every day of the week the Sea Watch staff will be at Duncansby Head surveying for cetaceans and welcoming volunteers to join them and also for watches to take place outside of these hours.

    Attached is the time schedule for land-watches at Duncansby Head:

    Duncansby Head time Schedule for land-watches
    Duncansby Head – Time schedule for land-watches

    Volunteer observers will be split into two groups which will conduct independent watches from Duncansby Head.

    Each group will be given a Sea Watch Foundation’s land-watch data form to fill in, and which WOULD NEED TO BE RETURNED to the LEAD ORGANIZERS at the end of each watch, each day. Please do check this page to find out who the lead organizers are and to whom leave your data forms.

    If you have questions contact the organizers on orcawatch@seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

    Training will be provided on site!

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    At different locations in Shetland

    Land watches will be organized around Shetland at the following sites:

    Sumburgh Head, Mousa Sound, Noss Sound, Levenwick, Hillswick, and Fair Isle.  

    A confirmed time schedule for watches is available for Sumburgh Head, Levenwick, Hillswick and Mousa Sound. Here’s the list of them:

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    For more information about land-watches in Shetland, contact Karen.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    At different locations in Orkney

    Land watches will be organized around Orkney at the following sites:

    1) South Ronaldsay: Burwick and Hoxa Head, 2) Mainland: Marwick Head, and Stromness, 3) Papa Westray, 4) Sanday: Ayre's Head.  

    At present the following watches are in Sanday:

    18th May – 9.30am to 1.30pm     Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    19th May – 10am to 2pm               Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    20th May – 10.30am to 2.30pm   Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    21st May – 11.30am – 2.30pm      Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    22nd May – 12pm – 4pm                Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    23rd May – 1pm to 5pm                 Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    24th May – 1.30pm to 5.30pm     Ayre’s Rock, Sanday

    Two more official watches will be conducted in Mainland Orkney, at the following locations:

    20th May – 10am-2pm at Yesnaby

    22nd May – 10.30am to 2.30pm Marwick Head

    For more information about land-watches in Sanday and on Mainland Orkney, contact Emma.

    Other land watches are likely to be conducted from Burwick, but there will be confirmed closer to the start of the event. If you want to join them, please do get in touch with Chiara.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    2:00 pmMarwick Head, Orkney

    RSPB wardens at Marwich Head are partnering up with Sea Watch they are organizing a land-watch at Marwick Head, Orkney, between 6 and 8 pm, for this year’s Orkney Nature Festival which coincides with the Sea Watch’ Orca Watch event.

    The Orkney Nature Festival provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy the spectacular wildlife of these magical islands. With a range of events from boat tours and guided walks, to kayaking and photography classes, there is always something for everyone. This year it all takes place from 13 – 19 May, right when the local nature is at its finest.

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    To learn more about the Orkney Nature Festival and their 2019 Programme, check their website, and Facebook page.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    3:30 – 4:30 pmHighland Haven, St Johns, East Mey, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XL

    Join Bronagh at St Johns Point and conduct a land watch with her and other volunteer observers!
    Bronagh owns the Highland Haven which is a self catering lodge at St Johns Point. 
    
    If any other volunteers want to join her she is offering tea/coffee before her watch starts, donations also welcome!
    Her watch will start between 3.30pm and 4.30pm everyday apart from the 22nd. 
    
    Volunteers can join her for tea/coffee at 4pm.
    
    Contact Bronagh today, get a copy of our forms here, and start looking out for whales and dolphins!
    
    Highland Haven
  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    9:00 to 18:00 every dayDuncansby Head (Grid Reference: ND 405 733)

    If you believe in good luck charms, you’ll like the hoodies and t-shirts that we have made for the Orca Watch event!

    Hoodies come in two colours (navy blue and light heather), t-shirts only in blue. Hoodies are £27.50 and come in S, M, Land XL. T-shirts come in the same sizes but they cost £8.50.
    They will be sold by Sea Watch’s Sightings Officer Chiara from May 17 to 26. Here’s a photo of Chiara, so get in touch with her on site and purchase a hoodie and a t-shirt for you:
    If you join her on May 18 in Wick during the evening of Orca talks you will have first pick!
    Photos hoodies and tshirts
  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    All day Windhaven Cafe, Camping and B&B, Brough Bay (KW14 8YE )

    Land watches will be conducted every day out over Brough Bay. Binoculars and a telescope will be provided.

    On this site you will find free parking, a campsite and a cafe.

    For more information contact Clare

    Claire Boardman

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    6:30 pmPulteneytown People's Centre, Wick

    The opening night of talks will bring together leading investigators in the field of cetology with invited speakers providing an avenue for scientists, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists to brainstorm and create synergy across disciplines.

    Invited speakers include Dr Peter Evans, Director of the Sea Watch Foundation opening the night with a talk about orcas in the UK. Eve Jourdain and Richard Karoliussen from Norwegian Orca Survey will be showing images and videos about their work on orcas in Norway. Dr Saana Isojunno and Emily Hague from St. Andrews University will give insight into the interaction between orcas and seal in Scotland, and to conclude the night Dr Chiara G. Bertulli, Sea Watch’s Sightings Officer, will introduce the SW Sightings Network and their land-watch data collection protocol.

    This ticketed event will cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for kids younger than 16 years of age. Donations are also welcome!

    Tickets ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE and to order them the contact number is 01955 608530.

    The Pulteneytown People’s Centre ticket office is open Monday to Friday between 12 pm – 5 pm, and Saturday between 12 pm – 3:30 pm.

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  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Drop in any time during any scheduled land-watchDuncansby Head (Grid Reference: ND 405 733)

    Drop in session with Sea Watch Foundation!

    Come and learn how to survey for cetaceans and how to fill in the survey forms. A Sea Watch Foundation member of staff or an experienced Sea Watch volunteer observer will be available at Duncansby Head to help you with data collection and data entry. Meet new people and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    Duncansby Head is 2 miles from John O Groats (where you will find the nearest toilet) and is the most North Easterly tip of Mainland UK. The site is very exposed and you will need to be warmly dressed and ready for the weather. The nearest toilet facilities are at John O’ Groats.

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  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019
    Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    In the afternoon (see more details below)Dunnet Head

    Land watches will be conducted at Dunner Head on the following days:

    19th-21st – 3 pm

    22nd – 1.30 pm

    23rd and 24th – 5.30 pm

    For more information contact Clare.

     

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019

    12:00 – 15:00Sannick Beach (KW1 4YS)

    Help us clean Sannick Beach – ocean trash is a serious growing problem!

    Join the Sea Watch Foundation and High Life Highland Countryside Rangers at Sannick Beach on May 22 between 12:00 and 15:00, bags and pickers will be provided onsite and help them collect the individual piece of litter left on the beach.

    Litter picking will go for a couple of hours at a time so if needed please remember to bring snacks and drinks. Please feel free to invite family and friends to this event to join you in a larger clean-up.

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  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019

    3:00 amSannick Beach

    Help us clean Sannick Beach – ocean trash is a serious growing problem!

    Join the Sea Watch Foundation and High Life Highland staff at Sannick Beach, bags and pickers will be provided onsite and help them collect the individual piece of litter left on the beach.

    Litter picking will go for a couple of hours at a time so if needed please remember to bring snacks and drinks. Please feel free to invite family and friends to this event to join you in a larger clean-up.

    Sannick Bay Beach Clean

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019

    6 pm – 8 pm Pulteney Town People’s Project, Wick

    The Whale and Dolphin Conservation staff is offering a 2hr training to all Shorewatch volunteers who can learn how to observe for whales and dolphins and record their sightings using the Shorewatch method. For more information contact the Katie Dyke at katie.dyke@whales.org

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  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    10:00 am – 12:00 pmGlengorm, Isle of Mull, PA75 6Q

    The staff of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust are going to run a watch as part of Orca Watch on May the 23rd between 10 am and 12 noon.

    They will meet at the Glengorm visitor centre at 10 am and proceed to the watch site from there.

    For more information about this watch contact Siobhan.

Join the Orca Watch Team on social media:

Orca Watch (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/orcawatch/

Shetland Orca Sightings (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/shetlandorcasightings/

Orkney Cetacean Sightings (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/322499874791151/

 

Thank you for getting involved!

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