Give a Day or Two

Annual Whale and Dolphin Watch

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th August

Are you interested in wildlife and want to make a contribution to help conserve our marine species? 
Every year, ERIC NE (Environmental Records Information Centre) hosts the 'Big Watch Weekend' Cetacean survey along the North East coast.
The objective of the survey is to spot marine mammals along our coast.
This is part of a national survey led by the Seawatch Foundation to understand more about the Cetacean along the British Coast. 

What's involved?

  • You will attend a training session with Cetacean expert Martin Kitching from MARINElife in identifying cetacean species you may see along our coast. These sessions will run 24th July & 31st July 6pm-8:30pm.
  • You will put your training to use and carry out a survey at a point on the North East Coast.
  • You’ll spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, depending on how long you would like to watch.
  • You’ll return the forms back to us and we’ll get them processed and added to the national database

Why get involved?

ERIC NE is the Local Environmental Records information Centre for the north East of England. We collate and manage species and habitat data for the region which is used by those who need it for conservation purposes. Increasing our knowledge base helps decision makers make the correct decisions about the wildlife in our region and throughout the country. The more information we can gather the better the quality of decisions we can make. “Decisions made in the absence of data are at best a guess”

*Please note: we are happy to cover any volunteer transport costs involved with this role.

How to get involved?

  1. Log in or sign up to Volunteer for TWAM.
  2. Accept this challenge.

We’ll get in touch to arrange your training session and find you a place to watch along the coast that you either would like to watch from or is convenient for you.

Ideal Skill

  • Working as part of a team

Ideal Interests

  • Science and nature
  • Maps and mapping
  • Quiet working

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