Cetaceans on the Northumbrian coast

Yesterday I experienced something new and otherworldly: discovering a new side to my home county – Northumberland, for those who haven’t yet guessed – on a ten-hour trip into the North Sea with Northern Experience Wildlife Tours. The trip delivering a surreal experience as, at long last, I was able to get up close and…

Hebridean Whale Trail set to be the first of its kind in the UK

Individuals, communities and businesses are being asked to contribute ideas for top sites at which to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises from land on Scotland’s west coast – all in an effort to help create a Hebridean Whale Trail that will be the first of its kind in the UK.  The high-profile trail will be…

Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast

Sightings of common dolphins across the Hebrides have reached a record high according to research conducted by marine conservation charity, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Evidence collected during marine research expeditions on the Trust’s specialized research yacht, Silurian, in 2017 has revealed a dramatic 24% increase from the previous year’s already record-breaking figures. “We have never documented…

National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2017: the results are in

As announced on BBC Countryfile this past weekend, the results of the 2017 National Whale and Dolphin Watch, organised by the Seawatch Foundation, are in! And you can now read the latest report online and free. During last year’s event, which took place 29th July – 6th August, a record-breaking 1,529 hours of dedicated watches took place….

Orca “Marine Mammal Surveyor” Training Day

Yesterday I had the pleasure to partake in a cetacean identification course hosted by Orca, a fantastic charity dedicated to researching whales, dolphins and porpoises in British waters and further afield. All in all, the day was a roaring success; engaging presentations from Orca staff and a friendly atmosphere making for a great few hours. Having…