A Huge THANK YOU to our Outreach and Research Volunteers!
Today marks the end of the six-month summer placement for our Outreach and Research volunteers, and what a summer it’s been! The dedicated team worked across our projects, developing their skills and learning first-hand the work we carry out here in the heart of the Hebrides, conserving Scotland’s marine wildlife.
Engaging with locals and visitors alike in our Discovery Centre, the volunteers shared their passion and knowledge, informing hundreds of people about the species found in Hebridean waters and inspiring people to value our marine environment. Each week, the volunteers supported Sea Life Surveys, who we have worked with as data partners for nearly 25 years, joining them on board their vessels to spot wildlife and enrich their guests experiences. This provided the volunteers with fantastic boat-based experience, and encounters with the wildlife they were helping to conserve.
Over the summer, the volunteers have helped foster partnerships with Duart Castle and Glengorm Castle, leading headland watches from the grounds to help members of the public spot whales and dolphins with the comfort of dry feet. In September we were delighted to announce that due to the success of joint events like these, Glengorm Castle are now one of our corporate partners.
A highlight of the placement for all the volunteers, was joining our research vessel Silurian as the fourth crew member, helping to support the day-to-day running of the boat and the vital survey work we do. As a result they were able to increase their at-sea research experience, whilst directly contributing to the largest database of its kind for UK waters, providing crucial evidence to support marine conservation efforts in Scottish waters.
We’d like to thank Sophie, Danny, Alex, Alexa and Chris for all their help and wish them the very best of luck for the future!
If you’re interested in joining us as a land-based volunteer, we will be advertising for our 2019 placements over the winter, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages and vacancies page!