Dolphin and whale data training session to be held at St Cyrus beach

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Dolphin and Whale lovers have the opportunity to take part in a Shorewatch training session at St Cyrus beach on Saturday (July 13).

The event, held by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity (WDC) will run from 10.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the SNH Scottish National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer and helping record vital data about whales and dolphins in Montrose Bay can sign up, go along and receive expert training.

Records of whale, dolphin and porpoise numbers found around Scotland is reliant on help from community volunteers.

WDC give participants re basic training and access to equipment so that they can then carry out regular 10-minute watches in their own time from their site in St Cyrus.

WDC’s head of Scottish policy Sarah Dolman commented on the importance of the Shorewatch programme saying: “It is vital to understand which areas might be key habitats for whales and dolphins.

“We basically need to have eyes on the sea around the entire Scottish coastline; this is why community participation is so important to the long term management of marine species and their homes.”

In addition to learning how to identify whales and dolphins, volunteers will be taught what to do if they get stranded on beaches; be given the latest whale and dolphin related news; and will also learn how best to help WDC raise awareness of the threats whales and dolphins face in Scottish seas today.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

If you are interested in joining them or finding out more about the WDC Shorewatch programme contact Kila Taylor by email shorewatch@whales.org or phone 01343 820 339.

The Shorewatch programme is made possible by the generous support of Scottish Natural Heritage.