[MARMAM] HWDT Cetacean Research Surveys in The Hebrides, Scotland- Volunteers Required

Kerry Froud biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org
Fri Apr 11 03:46:05 PDT 2014

HWDT Cetacean Research Surveys in The Hebrides, Scotland- Volunteers


Dear All, 


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) conducts cetacean surveys
throughout our field season (May - October) from aboard our research yacht
<http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-Silurian.asp> Silurian.


Every year we welcome aboard enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to
contribute directly to our research work.  Volunteers, in effect, become
marine mammal scientists for the duration of the survey; living and working
aboard Silurian, assisting with day-to-day running, as well as working
together as a team to carry out visual and acoustic surveys.  To find out
more about the research onboard please click here
<http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-on-silurian.asp> .  


Volunteers will assist fully in the collection of data, with mega-fauna and
sea bird identification training provided.  Acoustic and visual methods are
combined to produce comprehensive data sets. During encounters photographs
are taken of dorsal fins to try and identify the individual, gaining a
better understanding of species movements and interactions with each other.
The data collected, and subsequent information produced is essential when
monitoring the distribution, relative abundance and habitat preference of
cetacean species in the Hebrides. Only with coherent data can effective
conservation and management strategies be designed to enable long-term
protection of the amazing species found in our waters.


As a volunteer onboard Silurian, you will have the opportunity to see first
hand the amazing variety of marine wildlife the UK has to offer including
whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sharks and seabirds. You will explore
some of the remotest, wildest parts of the British Isles, anchoring each
night in a different secluded bay off one of the many Hebridean islands,
venturing ashore to explore.  The opportunity to gain sailing experience is
also available, although no certificates are issued.


Rendezvous location is either in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where HWDT
is based or in Kyle of Lochalsh.  More information on specific surveys will
be provided on request. There is a monetary value attached to participating,
costs vary between £900 - £1,300 - this includes accommodation (aboard) and
food throughout the duration.  The income generated allows HWDT to continue
this well established research programme, you can be assured that without
your contribution the research couldn't be undertaken.


2014 Available Survey Dates:


*	17th - 28th May - Spaces Available
*	24th June - 5th July- Start at Kyle of Lochalsh- Almost Full
*	8th July - 19th July - Spaces Available
*	1st - 12th September - Spaces Available
*	22nd - 30th September - Spaces Available
*	8th- 16th October- Joint Warrior Survey (
Joint Warrior military exercise off western Scotland) - Spaces Available

For more information on the joint warrior survey, please see:



For further  information about our surveys please go online to:



For Further information about HWDT please go online to:



Or contact HWDT’s volunteer coordinator Mark Whitaker:


Email: volunteercoordinator at hwdt.org 

Telephone: 01688 302620



Thank you, and hope to see you onboard this season!


Kerry Froud


Marine Biodiversity Officer

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Clydesdale Bank Buildings


Isle of Mull

PA75 6NU

Tel: 01688 302620

biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org

www.hwdt.org <http://www.hwdt.org/> 


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is dedicated to enhancing knowledge
and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans)
and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working
within Hebridean communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of
local species and habitats. 


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