[MARMAM] Cetacean Survey Courses

Hanna Nuuttila hannanuuttila at gmail.com
Mon Apr 24 04:00:50 PDT 2006

Sea Watch Foundation
Cetacean Survey Training Courses
in New Quay, West Wales
June - September 2006

Join a short course to learn all about British cetaceans, how to
survey for them,
and contribute to their conservation!

Book Now!

Introductory weekend course
24th-25th June 2006
15th – 16th July 2006
5th-6th August 2006

Extended 4-day course
2nd -5th September 2006

Courses will consist of illustrated lectures and video presentations
as well as headland watches and boat surveys aboard a local
whale-watching vessel.

There are two types of course: a weekend course for those with little
previous knowledge or experience of cetaceans; and an extended 4-day
course for those who already have some knowledge of cetacean watching.

For the introductory course, the programme will include an extra
lecture introducing cetaceans – their biology, ecology and behaviour.
For the extended course, there will be more "in-depth" lectures
including research studies, and, weather permitting, extended time at
sea, with additional training in field techniques like

Both courses will include lectures/videos on conservation issues
facing UK cetaceans, species identification, and recommended survey
methods for monitoring cetaceans. The course will be based at New
Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales, and will provide an unparalleled
opportunity to see marine mammals in the wild and to contribute to
cetacean conservation in Britain.

The practical element of the course will combine both land and
boat-based watches allowing participants to directly learn how to
conduct systematic watches and fill in standardised recording forms.

Boat-based work will also teach participants the skills needed for:
(r) estimating group size and distinguishing calves, juveniles and adults
(r) assessing sea state and other key environmental details
(r) photographic techniques

There will also be the chance to practice species field identification
and the recording of different behaviours. All participants will
receive a detailed manual on how to record and monitor cetaceans.

The courses will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic staff from
the Sea Watch Foundation.

Cost of workshop, per person  (excluding accommodation and meals)
Introductory weekend course - £150 Organisations; £120 Individuals
Extended 4-day course - £200 Organisations; £170 Individuals
On both courses, there are discounts available as follows:
-       £10 for members of the Sea Watch Foundation
-       £10 for unwaged participants (incl. students)
-       £10 for people sent by other charities
These discounts can be added together.

To book on a course, obtain more information about the work of the
charity, or take part in surveys, please contact:

The Sea Watch Foundation, Paragon House, Wellington Place, New Quay,
Ceredigion SA45 9NR
Tel: 01545-561227 • www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk •
info at seawatchfoundation.org.uk

Outline of the course

Indoor Session 1:
- introduction to cetaceans: biology, ecology and behaviour (beginners
course only)
- cetaceans in UK: methods and applications for surveying and
monitoring cetaceans, including acoustics
- species identification: introductory lecture and video

Indoor Session 2:
- conservation problems currently faced by UK cetaceans
- methods for monitoring conservation threats ( followed by video and
discussion session)
- cetacean research  in Cardigan Bay: a review of survey and photo-ID studies

Boat Trips
- how to use recording forms, conduct watches, identify species,
record group size and behaviour, and record
environmental parameters
- estimate range, measure bearing to sighting (extended course only)
- how to use a camera to photograph cetaceans, key ID features to be
- photo-ID: individual features to photograph, how to develop and
maintain ID catalogues (extended course only)

Land-based Watches
- watches from a nearby headland will enable participants to practise
their identification skills
- learn how to monitor boat activity and their possible effects on cetaceans

The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine environmental research
charity dedicated to monitoring the status and the distribution of
cetaceans throughout the UK and Ireland, running training courses, and
various research projects as well as managing the National Sightings

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