Posts tagged Scotland
One of our longest running volunteers joins us for the March winter survey

Our last winter survey departed last week with a special volunteer on board. Andy Tait is one of our longest running and dedicated volunteers and has been working with the trust for 25 years! During the survey we saw harbour porpoise, grey and common seals and even a common dolphin!

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Survey Summary: HWDT 13

During the survey we had some amazing sightings of several species of cetacean, encountering white-beaked dolphins, common dolphins, minke whales and harbour porpoise. We also had some incredible skies, including an amazing display of the northern lights, accompanied by shooting stars.

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Threat to UK Killer Whales Prompts Call for Urgent Government Action

New research published today in the journal Science, led by Aarhus University in Denmark, predicts more than half of the world’s killer whale (orca) populations face collapse due to the effects of invisible toxic pollutants called PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

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"Best school day ever!"

Last week, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust sailed Silurian, their bespoke whale and dolphin research vessel, to the islands on the edge of the Atlantic, taking a break from surveying for a special education visit to the Isle of Lewis. Read on to find out how the week went.

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Conquering Ben Nevis for HWDT

A team of intrepid explorers plan to undertake a sponsored hike to the summit of Ben Nevis this October, raising money for HWDT! Chris Sharples, who volunteered for HWDT in 2017, will undertake the challenge on 6th October 2018 along with friends Calum Branstone, Will Neal, and Kieran Wragg. Graham Hill, an experienced mountain leader who has generously offered to be their guide, completes the team.

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HWDT Launches Gaelic Education Programme

Following a consultation led by recently-appointed Gaelic Development Intern Kenny Rankin, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has adopted an official Gaelic name, part of an exciting step towards incorporating Gaelic into the Trust’s work at every level. Read about how the Trust are set to launch their new Gaelic Education Programme here.

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Sunfish Sightings off Scottish West Coast

You may have seen in the news this weekend reports of sunfish in Scottish waters. Reports of sunfish at this time of year are not in fact unusual, with similar numbers of sightings reported last summer. Check out some cool facts about these incredible ocean wanderers here, and if you're lucky enough to spot a sunfish, don't forget to report your sightings via WhaleTrack!

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*PRESS RELEASE* Vote for Whale Track in the National Lottery Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce Whale Track has been named as a finalist in the 2018 National Lottery Awards – the annual search for people’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects. You can help us win by voting now!

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Scottish Government Agree to Support Four Marine Protected Areas in Scotland for Whales, Dolphins and Sharks

This week HWDT were delighted to hear that the Scottish Government will be providing the funding needed to take four proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters to public consultation. This has followed HWDT working closely with conservation partners through Scottish Environment LINK to call for the Government to progress these sites.

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Become a #BluePlanetChampion with HWDT

Following last week’s poignant final episode of Blue Planet II, the #BluePlanetChampion pledge has taken the internet by storm, rousing organisations and individuals alike to call on the UK Governments to take action.

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HWDT Backs Petition in Defence of Scotland’s Countryside Rangers

HWDT calls on our supporters to sign the petition by the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association to help the Scottish Goverment recognise the value of our Countryside Rangers and take action to protect and strengthen this important service.

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