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Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey

Join us aboard our research vessel, Silurian, and be part of the conservation of whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. Our survey expeditions are unique in the UK and provide an unforgettable experience!

Highlights

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey
  • Explore the beautiful and wild Hebrides, while contributing to science and conservation
  • Build new skills to undertake visual and acoustic data collection of cetaceans.
  • Experience living-aboard alongside the HWDT crew as marine mammal field biologists.

Catch a glimpse

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey

What to expect?

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey

The waters off the west coast of Scotland support a variety of cetacean species – both resident populations and seasonal visitors. Our expeditions help improve our understanding of this special area, safegaurding it for generations to come. We believe scientific evidence is the foundation of effective conservation and our Cetacean Research & Monitoring Programme delivers that evidence, but we need you to help us. 

Our Programme relies entirely on volunteer citizen scientists. Every data point in the database has been collected by a dedicated member of the public. No experience is required to join a survey expedition just an enthusiasm and willingness to learn and be part of the team.

Survey expeditions run between April and October, with differing rendezvous locations, duration and cost for participating. Volunteers join our team to live-aboard alongside the HWDT crew as marine mammal field biologists. Full training in visual and acoustic data collection is provided by the excellent crew on board during these live-aboard monitoring expeditions.

There is still much to learn about the different cetacean species and the threats they face. With increased pressures on the marine environment, we must continue to monitor Scottish cetaceans, endeavour to better understand the issues these animals face, and promote action to protect them. There have been significant changes in the Scottish west coast marine environment over the past two decades. Our research has identified that the impacts on whales and dolphins is already prevalent.


Upcoming Expeditions:

  • April 1st - 7th, 2018: Easter Expedition Survey
  • April 15th - 21st, 2018: April Expedition Survey
  • April 24th - May 2nd, 2018: Spring Joint Warrior Survey
  • May 5th - 11th, 2018: May Expedition Survey
  • June 7th - 15th, 2018: June I Expedition Survey
  • June 17th - 28th, 2018: June II Expedition Survey
  • July 3rd - 14th, 2018: July I Expedition Survey
  • July 17th - 25th, 2018: July II Expedition Survey
  • July 27th - August 2nd, 2018: Teen Team Survery I
  • August 5th - August 11th, 2018: Teen Team Survery II
  • August 14th - 25th, 2018: August Expedition Survey
  • September 13th - 24th, 2018: September Expedition Survey I
  • September 27th - October 5th, 2018: September Expedition Survey II
  • October 6th - 17th, 2018: Autumn Joint Warrior Survey

Price and optionals

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey
  •   From: € 1010.00 per person

Important info

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Easy
  •   Languages spoken: English, English
  •   Minimum group size: 4
  •   Maximum group size: 6

As a volunteer aboard you will be expected to get fully involved with all aspects of the survey. Cooking is carried out by both the crew and volunteers. Participants need to have good balance and must be agile and able to move around the boat easily, some access aboard is difficult to navigate if your mobility is impaired.

The boat is not equipped for people with limited mobility and those requiring wheelchairs or canes cannot be accommodated unfortunately. Good vision in both eyes is required, although wearing glasses doesn’t exclude you from participating. A good sense of hearing is also important; part of the acoustic monitoring requires listening to high frequency noises on a hydrophone.

Levels of fitness should be such that you can stand observing for more than an hour at a time in potentially rough seas. A high threshold for boredom and good concentration are important when searching for marine mega-fauna.

Location

Whale and Dolphin Expedition Survey

Reviews

Total Reviews: 1 Votes (10/10)
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Unregistered user (04/12/2017)

“The week or so on Silurian is always one of the highlights of my year. Great team spirit aboard contributing to valuable scientific data and all in the most stunning scenery of the UK.” - Tibor Beetles (one of many recurring Silurian volunteers)

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Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
Established in 1994, The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is the trusted voice and leading source of information for the conservation of Hebridean cetaceans. A registered charity, it has pioneered practical, locally-based education and scientifically rigorous long term monitoring programmes on cetaceans in the Hebrides. Our primary goal is the long term conservation of Hebridean cetaceans; to be achieved through an integrated programme of scientific research, community education and stakeholder engagement.
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
Main Street 28 PA75 6NU
Isle of Mull Argyll Scotland (UK)

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Unregistered user (04/12/2017)

“The week or so on Silurian is always one of the highlights of my year. Great team spirit aboard contributing to valuable scientific data and all in the most stunning scenery of the UK.” - Tibor Beetles (one of many recurring Silurian volunteers)

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