Whale And Dolphin SightingsWatching whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild is a privileged experience and everyone has their own unique encounters with these amazing animals. WDCS collates sighting records of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, from all around the UK. At least 28 of a total of some 83 cetacean species known globally have been recorded around the UK.
Download the latest sightings newsletters: Hotspots Autumn 2012 | Hotspots Summer 2012
Sightings are becoming more frequent as awareness of our cetaceans increases and it remains important to maintain a record of every sighting. These records help us build an archive of cetacean movements and give an indication of the occurrence and distribution of cetaceans within our waters. It is only by increasing our understanding of these animals that we can effectively protect and conserve them. We welcome sighting records from professional surveyors and the public.
There are four essentials to remember in order to provide us with really useful records:
- What is the species - give the English name, and the scientific (Latin) if possible.
- Where did you see it - give a precise location, Lat/ Long or a six figure grid reference.
- When did you see it - day, month, year.
- Who saw it - give a name. If you did not identify it, also give us the determinerís name.
How to Report a Sighting
Sightings can be reported to WDCS by in different ways:
- Using an Excel electronic recording form is a quick and easy way to submit a number of records using a simple spreadsheet.
- By downloading a single sightings recording form. There are two versions, a PDF form that can be printed and either posted or faxed to us, or an editable Word document the can be completed and emailed back to us.
Send your sightings forms, and photos, to us by email to email@example.com; or to this address:
38 St. Paul Street
By fax: +44 (0)1249 449 501
Excel sightings form
PDF sightings form
Word sightings form