Esteemed Marine Biologist, Photographer And Author To Lead Free WDCS Scottish Seashore Safari

WDCS is calling for volunteers to join its monthly Beach Clean, which this time around will include a Seashore Safari beach ex
ploration led by special guest - author, photographer and marine biologist, Judith Oakley.

WDCS, in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage, will host the event at the WDCS Wildlife Centre, Spey Bay, between 11am – 3pm on 25th July.

Attendance is free of charge. The event will include the WDCS Junk Detectives quiz trail and a range of other fun activities for all ages that will help to keep the unique habitat of Spey Bay safe and clean for all the animals which make it their home, and also the thousands of people who visit every year.

Judith Oakley (pictured) will be launching her new book, ‘Seashore Safaris’; a photographic guide to exploring rocky and sandy seashores, signing copies for those who attend and also leading a beach exploration, to investigate what can be found on Spey Bay’s shingle shoreline.

“I believe that the key to saving our threatened species lies in education,” says Oakley. “People very often think you need to go abroad to find extraordinary wildlife, but the animals we have on our own shores are spectacular, we just need some help finding them, which is where Seashore Safaris comes in. When I take people out along the coast, they are amazed by what they have missed.”

An increasing amount of rubbish is entering the marine environment each year, causing harm to marine mammals and damage to their environments. According to figures published by the United Nations Environment Programme, plastic kills a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.

“Our beach clean is part of a five-month campaign called CSV Action Earth, in support of Scottish biodiversity through practical environmental projects", says Alison Jordan, WDCS education officer. "Taking part in a beach clean is a great way to look after your local area. It’s amazing how much litter gets washed up at Spey Bay and we think it is so important to keep the beach safe for wildlife and people alike.”

If you want to do something to help, then come along and join in! Children under 17 years must be accompanied by an adult, and all safety equipment will be provided, including litter pickers, bags and gloves. Spey Bay is located at the coast between Aberdeen and Inverness near Fochabers.

For more information, please contact the WDCS Wildlife Centre, on 01343 820 339 or email

Entrance to the WDCS Wildlife Centre is free.

WDCS Wildlife Centre, Spey Bay, Moray, Scotland IV32 7PJ