October 25, 2016   •  
Bottlenose dolphin

Upcoming Events

Check out our calendar with dates of forthcoming Shorewatch activities.

Training Days

Training datesDownload our pdf of dates of forthcoming training sessions in 2016.


Watch our two videos:

Shorewatch video How to take part in a Shorewatch

How to record your data.


Pdf downloadPlease download our information sheets on locations, sightings forms and advice for when you take part in a Shorewatch.


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Interval timer

The function of the interval timer is to beep every minute during a ten-minute Shorewatch, to allow all Shorewatchers to follow a consistent ‘watching protocol’. By using the interval timer you can time each minute of your Shorewatch without taking your eyes off the sea to check the time; increasing your chance of a cetacean sighting! It should already be pre-programmed. If it is programmed correctly, it will look like this when you turn it on:

Interval timer

Using your interval timer during a Shorewatch:

  1. Turn the timer ON: hold down the NEXT button for a few seconds then release.
  2. Push START to begin timing. The counter will count down from 01:00. When it reaches zero, a single beep alarm will sound. This process will be repeated ten times. After ten minutes, the timer will sound a long multiple beep alarm, indicating that Shorewatch is over.

Additional interval timer notes:

  1. RESET: hold the START button for a few seconds.
  2. STOP timer while in use: hold down START button for a few seconds.
  3. During SETUP press the START button to go back to a previous step.
  4. REBOOT: to reboot a malfunctioning timer, insert a paperclip or pin into the Reboot hole.
  5. If the screen becomes difficult to read try tilting it; the battery needs replacing (AAA).

Programming your Shorewatch interval timer:
If it DOES NOT look like the image above – Don’t panic! It is very easy to set. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the Downloadable PDF Interval Timer Instructions.