Volunteer to survey bottlenose and short beaked common dolphins in Greece.

Frontier

Greece Dolphin Conservation

 

Who: Frontier

Where: West coast, Greece

Focus:  Dolphin surveying by boat

When: June to September

Duration: 6 days

Suitability: 17+

Cost: 6-day expedition from GBP 699.
Student discount available for expeditions in June and September.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Learn about the conservation of two endangered dolphin species – the bottlenose and short beaked common dolphin.
  • Gain invaluable practical experience working for a marine research NGO and developing a wide range of conservation skills and techniques.
  • Conduct daily visual surveys on board a research boat whilst explore Greek islands.
  • Collect baseline data that will contribute towards the long-term management of the area and assist in promoting marine conservation in the wider Mediterranean region
  • Learn how to correctly prepare digital photos of the dolphins for subsequent identification, and learn how to match these using the natural marks on the fin with the digital catalogue of known individuals.
  • Enter the data collected into the research databases back at the field base after each morning survey.
  • Maintain the dolphin identification catalogue by recording data on their spatial distribution, group size, composition (i.e. number of newborns, juveniles and adults) and their behaviour.
  • Identify and record other marine fauna, such as turtles.

The Base

Accommodation: Volunteers stay at the volunteer house in a village 50m from the shore. It also acts as the field base for conservation efforts.

Sleeping: Bunk beds in spacious loft area. The bunks can be divided by separators to provide some privacy. Sheets and blankets are provided.

Food: 3 meals a day with shared cooking duties. Local restaurants available.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

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