Sea-Changers support HWDT's research programme

We are delighted to announce that HWDT has secured funding from Sea-Changers, which will allow us to continue to collect valuable data on Hebridean cetaceans. Sea-Changers is a UK-based charity whose aim is to create a world where the seas and shores are clean and healthy, and marine species are protected through community-led marine conservation.

Since 2003, HWDT has been collecting information of international importance on the marine life in the Hebrides, operating 200 dedicated research expeditions, surveying over 100,000km, with over 900 volunteers-turned-citizen-scientists and over 30,000 sightings of marine mammals. These data have been brought together in our recently published Marine Mammal Atlas.

The Sea-Changers grant will help to support the continuation in our collection of data. The grant will also allow us to manage and analyse the vast amount of data that we have acquired more effectively, providing the computer power needed to conduct more advanced analysis and mapping of our data.

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Our pioneering research programme has generated one of the largest databases of its kind for UK waters. The Sea-Changers grant will help to support our long-term monitoring programmes on board our research vessel Silurian with an updated computer system, which will ensure we collect consistent and valuable data for years to come
— Becky Dudley, Marine Biodiversity Officer

For more information on Sea-Changers and the work that they visit the Sea-Changers website.

Rebecca Dudley