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WDC Shorewatch – Big Watch Weekend

  WDC Shorewatch is a trained network of volunteers who conduct shorewatches to monitor the presence and absence of cetaceans around the Scottish Coast.  WDC Shorewatch hold a bi-annual event called Big Watch Weekend. This calls on all our shorewatchers around the Scottish Coast to get out and conduct as many watches as possible during…

Are whale watching boats the greatest collision threat to whales?

“Revealed: whale-watching boats the greatest collision threat to whales” — this big hype headline sadly comes from The Guardian which is normally more careful about reporting. Their subhead is no better: “Guardian Australia analysis of International Whaling Commission data shows motor yachts, naval vessels and ferries come close behind.” In fact, this database that the journalists…

Would You Like The Fish Course Sir?

Hi Everyone, The migratory salmon run is picking up a little in the Inner Moray Firth and this means that as the summer goes on, progressively more dolphins move into the area to hunt – what we call a “stratified movement”. In the photo below you can see Mischief throwing a huge salmon up into…

Wildlife Warriors are Raring to Go!

Here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, we are all super excited for the summer to kick off. Next week the school holidays start and I for one couldn’t be happier, as it means Spey Bay will soon welcome the arrival of kids and their families looking for a fun day out. There is always plenty…

Some seal haul out sites to be protected around Scotland

Just days after a Westminster environmental committee criticised the UK Government for delays in designating and properly managing MPAs in English waters, Marine Scotland has announced measures to better protect seals at 194 haul out sites around the Scottish coastline. WDC welcomes measures to better protect grey and harbour seals around Scotland, and especially because…

News from the North

News from the North: Despite heavy criticism, Canada has officially announced approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline, the Canadian equivalent of the much debated, much delayed Keystone XL pipeline here in the U.S.  Environmental concerns over the development of the two pipelines are similar – damage from extraction and transport, the potential for catastrophic oil…