July 4 2017

National Whale & Dolphin Watch

National-whale-and-dolphin-watch-2017-copyIt’s that time again! How fast a year goes. The date for our biggest annual event of the year is 29th July – 6th August.

So, what is National Whale & Dolphin Watch really all about?
Well, perhaps I should firstly ask the question – do you know how many cetacean species occur in UK waters?  Some of you will know the answer to this, but the majority of folk in the UK will not be aware that we have 29 different species of whales and dolphins to boast about!!  This is more than a quarter of the entire British mammal fauna! And did you know that during our annual event, we usually see a dozen or more of those species just in one week.

Why do we run NWDW?
Our biggest annual event is all about putting an allotted time aside (one week), to ask the public to help us spot as many different species around our coasts as possible. The results then give us a ‘snapshot’ of what exists in UK coastal waters. It gives the public a chance to join an organised group near them where they can learn more about these species, how they are doing, how to be more successful at spotting them, and how they can get further involved. For those of you who love the ocean and are lucky enough to spend time enjoying everything it offers – coastal walks, sailing, swimming, beach holidays, etc, you might like to add another activity to your list…cetacean spotting!! During a cliff-top walk why not take a pair of binoculars with you and spend just half an hour scanning the water for signs of cetacean life. We think NWDW inspires people to give it a go. The public should understand that they too can see wild whales and dolphins, and can contribute to our database.
We are encouraging ALL to get involved. It doesn’t matter if this is your very first visit to the coast, we’d love to see you! The more the merrier, families too. Why not turn it into a family holiday!

Don’t miss out! It was a fabulous event last year. To find out more, visit: http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw/

Kirsten Hintner Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Posted 4th July 2017 by Kirsten Hintner in category "Uncategorized

About the Author

Written by Kirsten Hintner, The Magic Dolphin was also the brain child of renowned scientist Dr Peter Evans, well known for his award winning work within cetacean conservation and research charity Sea Watch Foundation. This fun yet educational blog is a continuation of the children's book, written through the eyes of Lucy Hensure, the main human character. Kirsten Hintner has had a varied career as writer, filmmaker and producer, working for many and varied bodies including the BBC, Anglia TV, The Open University, PETA, British Red Cross, Banardos to name just a few. She runs her own company Kirsten Hintner Productions. Kirsten has several years experience working with children and young adults on filming projects and various educational enterprises. In 2010, she ran a series of environmental filming workshops for schools in Pembrokeshire, the two film products winning first and second prizes in their respective categories at a National Schools Media Awards Ceremony in 2011. She is the Creative Administrator of Sea Watch’s Adopt A Dolphin scheme, and is also Editor of its newsletters. She has had a passion for conservation and the welfare of animals and wildlife since a very young child, and her aim is to make a difference within the world of conservation and welfare, and to help protect animals and threatened species internationally.

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