Shorewatch

Updated data sheet: circle to confirm when no vessels have been seen

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We have added an option to circle 'no vessels seen' to the data sheet in order to confirm that there were no vessels present during a Shorewatch (rather than that the watcher did not look for vessels) and to make the data more directly comparable to the in depth vessel surveys being carried out with Emily Hague and Heriot Watt University. You can now download the most current version of the data sheet directly from the database; under the 'Record Data' menu you will find a direct link to the most up-to-date version.
 

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Capturing Marine Vessel Data Around Scotland

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Vessel density around Scotland in 2019. Credit: Marine Traffic

WDC Shorewatch is teaming up with Emily Hague at Heriot Watt University on a collaboartive project working together to understand the potential risks marine mammals face in Scotland from boats. You can do extended vessel watches and gather more detailed observations from your Shorewatch site.

 
 

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2020 Casual sightings review

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Covid-19 may have put a stop to effort-based Shorewatching in 2020 but it's clear that Shorewatchers were still watching the sea whenever they got the chance. This is a review of your sightings across 2020. (Click the link below to open the review.)
Thank you for sticking with us through this tough time and we look forward to Shorewatching again starting 26th April, 2021!

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Humpbacks in the Firth of Forth

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Is the recent increase in humpback whale sightings in the Firth of Forth driven by a wider population recovery in the North Atlantic?  By changes in prey distribution or abundance?  By increased effort in watching and sharing encounters?  The report attached below looks at the sudden seasonal occurrence of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae within the Firth of Forth, Scotland using data collected by the Forth Marine Mammal Project who lead the watching from the Kinghorn Shorewatch site.

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Risso's off Lewis - Weir et al., 2019

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Our latest publication is out!  With the help of Dr. Caroline Weir, we have used a combination of photo-identification data and Shorewatch data to demonstrate the importance of the proposed MPA of east Lewis for Risso's dolphins.  Shorewatch data helped to prove that Risso's are present year-round and that calves are present in these waters in the spring and summer months.  Photo-ID has shown us that individuals return to the area through a given year and across many years within the study; this is known as site fidelity.  Read the attached pdf for the full story!

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2019 Marine Forum - March 2nd

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Marine Forum poster

WDC Shorewatch and SMASS are teaming up to bring you the 2019 Marine Forum: Share knowledge, take action, sea change.
Join us for a fun, educational day filled with topical talks and interactive workshops by influential researchers and conservationists and meet others who wish to celebrate citizen contributions to a better understanding and protection of the marine environment. 

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