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Looking for dolphins from Bardsey Island

Tales from Bardsey Island

Torrential rain, looming fog banks, and grim mountains that appeared only as vast shadows rising from the mists – these were the conditions in which we ventured through northwest Wales en route to the fabled isle of Bardsey in August. While we stuck to the main roads, we made good progress through that craggy and…

Kess Comes Home…

Hi Everyone, If you are anywhere near Inverness between the 8th of this month and the 6th of October I think that you will like this exhibition. Kess (Kesslets mum and Charlies Grandmother) was a very special dolphin – very close to my heart and to be able to see the old girl again albeit…

The Rough & The Smooth…

Hi Everyone, The weather has been really rough over the past few days – looking out at the water from the Studio door at North Kessock yesterday, this was all I could see… ©WDCS/Charlie Phillips Today, however was a good bit better and round at Chanonry Point there were a few dolphins pottering about including…

WDCS remembers Mandy McMath

The marine conservation world lost one of its greatest and most modest heroes last week. Dr Mandy McMath, the senior marine ecologist at CCW (the Countryside Council for Wales) passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mandy McMath touched the lives and hearts of many of us who work on marine wildlife and we…

Hanging Out With Your Mates…

Hi Everyone, What started off as a disappointing morning at Chanonry (I missed a group) actually turned out brilliant as we ended up with yet another big group of dolphins in the Kessock Channel. Sundance, Moonlight and Lunar, Mischief, Jigsaw, Rainbow and baby, Kesslet and Charlie plus another ten dolphins at least were all over…

(c)WDCS/Nicola Hodgins

Famine or Feast!

Well, poke me in the eye with a blunt stick if we’ve not just had one of the best first weeks of a fieldwork season out here in the Atlantic Frontier – and given that the weather has now turned and the wind and rain are battering the islands we’re even more grateful for our…