WDC Shorewatch Sightings
WDC Shorewatch collects on-effort and land-based cetacean sightings data from specific sites across Scotland. Data is collected by trained volunteers from within local communities. Sightings of non-cetacean marine creatures sighted while on watch are also included within this dataset (seal, shark, otter, etc.).
This dataset contains our on-effort sightings from 2005 - current (Spey Bay only) and from 2010 through the most recent completed calendar year from wider sites. Start year varies by site and sites no longer in operation are listed as historic.
Shorewatch effort occurs from designated sites around the northern-Scottish coastline. Sightings occur within binocular range of these sites. Sites listed as historic are no longer active but historic sightings are listed. Armadale Pier, Skye; Balranald Reserve, North Uist; Burghead A & B; Castle of Old Wick; Chanonry Point; Cromarty; Cullen; Dunnet Head A & B; Eigg, Glebe; Eilean Glas (Scalpay Lighthouse), N. Harris; Findochty Church; Fort George (overlooking Chanonry Point); Historic.Balevullin Tiree; Historic.Benbecula, Airport Mound; Historic.Berneray East Beach; Historic.Berneray North; Historic.Burghead original; Historic.East Wemyss; Historic.Forse; Historic.Fort George D of Cumberland; Historic.Garrynamonie, South Uist; Historic.Hynish Tiree; Historic.Kildonan South Uist; Historic.Macduff Aquarium; Historic.Melvaig; Historic.North Shawbost, Lewis; Historic.Rua Reidh Lighthouse; Holms of Ire A (west) & B (east), Orkney; Hough Bay, Coll; Hynish Watch Tower, Tiree; Kilt Rock, Skye; Macduff, Gellymilll; Nairn viewpoint; North Kessock; Rhue Lighthouse, Ullapooll; Rodel, Harris; Rum, Otter Hide; Scrabster Lighthouse, Thurso; Spey Bay, Scottish Dolphin Centre; St Cyrus NNR; St. John's Point, Caithness; Stoer Head; Strathy Point; Thurso Beach; Tiumpan Head A (West/North) & B (East/South); Torry Battery, Aberdeen.
WDC Shorewatch data is collected in order to provide long-term, year-round monitoring of cetacean populations and to promote community participation and stewardship of whales and dolphins in Scotland toward conservation aims.
Sightings from trained volunteers have been accepted but using the confidence rates is recommended, particularly for species which are harder to ID to species level or rarely sighted on location. Individuals are listed as 'calves' when they can be clearly identified using criteria such as size, pale colour, foetal folds, etc. All other individuals are considered 'adults' for the purpose of these records. Sightings times reflect when the observer was watching and can confirm presence; they should not be used as confirmation for when the creatures arrived or left. This dataset provides only the sightings collected through the Shorewatch Programme and does not include effort data.
WDC conducted land-based visual observations from designated sites in Scotland. Surveys each lasted 10 minutes and were carried out by trained volunteers, using equipment provided by the programme.
WDC Shorewatch Sightings, WDC (2019)
For more infomration about the Shorewatch Programme, please visit: whales.org/shorewatch. For an up-to-date set of sightings data (more recent than annual) or for an effort-based data set, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Metadata last updated on 2019-05-08 09:32:00.0