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TRAINING: WiSe Course, Ullapool

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About WiSe:

Founded and Directed by Colin Speedie, The WiSe (Wildlife Safe) Scheme is the UK national training scheme for minimising disturbance to marine wildlife. It aims to promote responsible wildlife watching through training, accreditation and awareness-raising.

Who is the course aimed at:

This standard WiSe course is the professional standard and is open to anyone operating around marine wildlife on a frequent basis. It is suitable for all businesses running marine wildlife watching trips, and is aimed primarily at people out on the water, however elements of the course also cover land excursions. Previous attendees of the course include operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife cruise operators, dive and service boat staff, yacht skippers and sea kayaking businesses.

The course leader:

Pippa Garrard from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust will be delivering the course. HWDT is well placed to deliver the WiSe course on the west coast of Scotland as the organisation has been leading the way for the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in these waters for over two decades. Pippa will bring her experience in the field, knowledge of the species and insight into local conservation issues to the course, making the day relevant and interesting to all attendees. 

The course will cover:
Instruction in how best to responsibly watch wildlife whilst minimising potential disturbance
Handling craft around wild animals
Codes of Conduct explained
Local and national laws in relation to wildlife
Information on commonly encountered species (cetaceans, basking sharks, seals, sea birds)
Methods for biological recording - how citizen science can strengthen your business

As part of this course you will receive:
Full WiSe Membership for the person attending
WiSe Scheme accreditation for the person attending
Eligibility to attend the WiSe Master Course (recommended after 3 years of membership)
5 hours of classroom-based interactive training
Course materials (paper and CD)
A WiSe boat sticker and flag, for use when the accredited skipper is directing the boat
Use of the WiSe logo on promotional brochure / website
A listing on the WiSe accredited operators website.

WiSe members commit to abide by not only national and local laws on wildlife conservation and disturbance avoidance, but also the WiSe Codes of Conduct, in addition to any local wildlife-watching codes.

Course details:

Date: Friday 15th March 2019
Time: 09.30 - 15.30
Location: Ullapool
Venue: TBC
Price: £100 plus VAT per person
Lunch: Not included
Booking: Required

To enquire or book please contact Pippa on 01688 302620,               
For more information on the WiSe Scheme please visit

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