Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
<p class="font_8">“Inspiring to encourage whale and dolphin watching to lead to their success on earth and not their demise.” Jane Taylor, Shorewatch volunteer</p>
The aim of the project was to set up a new WDC Shorewatch site on the Island of Sanday in the Orkneys. The location was chosen because whales and dolphins are spotted there, but sightings data had not previously been sytematically collected. Furthermore, the enthusiasm of the local community for the aims of the project together with the presence of an active community ranger made engagement with potential volunteers a lot more likely. Together, the ranger and Shorewatch officer recruited volunteers and located two suitable Shorewatch sites. These sites extended WDC’s volunteer Shorewatch programme and gathered sightings of whale, dolphin and porpoise presence around Scotland’s north and west coasts.