September 25, 2021   •  
Bottlenose dolphin


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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Shorewatch Partner Groups

The Shorewatch programme relies on partner groups to provide support and places to watch for local volunteers, safe storage of WDC watching equipment and contributions to regular data collection. Below are the fantastic organisations we are currently working with:

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (at the Loch of Strathbeg)
Historic Scotland (Fort George)
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Macduff Marine Aquarium
WDC Wildlife Centres
Angus Cetacean Awareness Project
Scottish Wildlife Trust (Montrose Basin Reserve)
Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre
Countryside Ranger Service
Tufted Duck Hotel
Ferry Inn (Thurso)
Strathy Inn
Melvaig Inn
Rua Reidh Lighthouse
Monty Halls / BBC

What is involved in becoming a Shorewatch partner group?
Does your group or organisation want to get trained to collect valuable data about the whales and dolphins that visit your local coastline? Are you able to host Shorewatch equipment to be used by local volunteers? Do you want to contribute to conservation initiatives in your area? Become a WDC Shorewatch partner group!

Partner groups are required to undertake:

  • To host Shorewatch equipment at your site
  • Regular access for Shorewatch volunteers to a site with a suitable view of the sea
  • Attendance of all observers at a WDC Shorewatch training day
  • Regular 10 minute watches (hourly, daily, weekly or even monthly!) regardless of whether a whale or dolphin is seen
  • Completion and return of data sheets

WDC will provide:

  • Shorewatch training day for staff/volunteers
  • Equipment to conduct Shorewatches at your site
  • Regular site visits by the WDC Conservation Officer
  • Promotion of events supporting Shorewatch and marine stewardship
  • Data collection and management
  • Regular feedback in the form of regular e-newsletters and current events

Download the PDF here