Thanks to our 2017 Residential Volunteers
Between March and October, the HWDT team was joined by a brilliant team of enthusiastic and dedicated residential volunteers. During the field season, Matt Clements, Siobhan Moran, Chris Sharples and Eilidh McManus have worked hard to further the Trust across many of our projects and objectives.
Matt, our Silurian Support volunteer, played a vital role in the smooth running of our research survey programme on board Silurian. Our Education and Engagement projects were supported by Siobhan, who spent time developing and running indoor and outdoor education workshops, alongside writing our Enewsletter. Chris worked on our photo-identification research; setting up the foundations of the Trust’s photo-ID catalogue for Risso’s dolphins as well as matching images received from our Community Sightings Network, boat operator partners and Silurian. Eilidh, joined the team in May and helped oversee the Community Sightings Network by validating sightings, getting back to enquiries and archiving the thousands of images we received this summer from the Community and off Silurian.
As well as working on their discrete projects the team engaged thousands of visitors in the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Centre in Tobermory; running daily workshops to communicate the results of our research to visitors and locals. They joined our crew on-board Silurian to assist with delivery of HWDT’s long-running scientific surveys and supporting our core research programmes.
Some final thoughts from the team...