Posts tagged citizen science
Silurian surveys Stanton Banks on our Teen Team Expedition Survey

Our first Teen Expedition of 2019, was totally unexpected, completely extraordinary and a huge amount of fun! Thanks to our six young, enthusiastic citizen scientists and some very settled weather, we sailed an impressive 232 nautical miles over five days, recording a whopping 123 sightings of 455 marine animals.

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Expedition Survey ends on a bottlenose dolphin high!

A variety weather conditions kept us on our toes for the latest research expedition. Six species of marine mammal were encountered: common dolphin, minke whale, harbour porpoise, grey and common seal and on our last morning a pod of 15 bottlenose dolphin!

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All species checked off ID guide during Ullapool survey!

The seventh expedition of the summer season concentrated on the northern and western reaches of our survey area, with ten species of marine mega-fauna encountered, including: basking shark, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, white-beaked dolphin, minke whales, harbour porpoise, grey and common seals.

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*PRESS RELEASE * 'Knobble’ the Minke Whale Visits Hebridean Waters for 13th Year in a Row!

Local celebrity ‘Knobble’ the minke whale has returned to Scotland’s west coast for the 13th year in a row, highlighting the area’s importance for marine wildlife. Following the whale’s sighting on 28th July north of Coll by Sea Life Surveys, scientists at the conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, say that Knobble has now returned to the same feeding grounds in the Sea of the Hebrides every year since 2006.

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Celebrating a Year of Whale Track!

A year on from its launch, Whale Track, HWDT’s community sightings app and website, is going from strength to strength. With 651 users, who have recorded over 3,550 sightings and 24,055 animals, Whale Track is creating a growing community of citizen scientists monitoring whales and dolphins on the west coast of Scotland.

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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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UHI Marine and Coastal Tourism Work Placement at HWDT HQ

HWDT were lucky enough to host two highly enthusiastic students on work placements from the Marine and Coastal Tourism degree course that is run from UHI West Highland College in Fort William. The students helped deliver our community engagement and citizen science programmes, and gained valuable workplace experience for their future careers.

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Keep a Weather Eye on the Horizon this Winter

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the 270 people who have between them submitted a staggering 1,400 sightings of 12,000 animals since Whale Track launched back in August! We have been absolutely blown away by the uptake, so thanks to each and every one of you for your support.

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West Coast Community killer whales on the BBC One Show

You might have heard us mentioned on the BBC One Show last night and part two is due to air tonight (13th September). Here is a little bit more information about the West Coast Community and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trusts (HWDT) research on this fascinating group of animals.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Innovative app to transform cetacean citizen science in the Hebrides

A new app from conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is set to transform the way that members of the public and boat operators can help gather vital scientific data about whales, dolphins and porpoises – collectively known as cetaceans – off Scotland’s west coast.

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