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Watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild is a privileged experience and everyone has their own unique encounters with these amazing creatures. WDC collates sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, from all around the UK. Sightings are becoming more frequent as awareness of UK whales and dolphins increases and it remains important to maintain a record of every sighting. These records help us build an archive of their movements and give an indication of the where whales and dolphins choose to make their homes within UK waters.
 
It is only by increasing our understanding of these creatures that we can effectively protect them. Our network of trained volunteers are watching out for whales and dolphins from specific Shorewatch sites around the Scottish coastline.
 
If you are a Shorewatcher, please login to enter or view your Shorewatch effort and sightings. We welcome sightings information from professional surveyors and the public as well. Please choose 'Record data' from the menu to enter your casual sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK.

Shorewatch news

Graham Kidd hits 1500 watches

Yesterday Graham Kidd headed to his local Shorewatch site - Cullen, to conduct his 1500th Shorewatch. Graham started volunteering with WDC in 2011 and has been an active member of the team since. Graham said he has enjoyed every minute of watching out from Cullen and says roll on watch 2000. From Cullen we have seen bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, humpbacks whales and Orca.

Big Watch Weekend Winners!

Burghead's BWW 2016 pizza night c Adele Sutherland

Big Watch Weekend is over but a lot of watches were done and good times were had by all as seen in the photo of Burghead's pizza night.  You conducted 279 watches and made 95 sightings of cetaceans. More details to follow in the upcoming newsletter but in the meantime, thank you for your time and energy and congratulations to our competition winners:

Most Watches by an Individual – Roger Rapley with 30 watches

Most Watches by a Site – Tiumpan Head  with 83 watches (Tiumpan A – 43, B – 40)

Most Bird Species Recorded – Tiumpan Head with an amazing 45 species!

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