Volunteer on a dolphin and whale research expedition in the Hebrides, Scotland.

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Who: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

WhereThe Hebrides Islands, Scotland

Focus: Dolphin and whale monitoring from the research sailing yacht Silurian (used as a filming platform in the The Blue Planet):

  • Conduct cetacean surveys and engage in wildlife identification.
  • Collect photographic and acoustic data on the various species of cetacean found in the survey area to therefore identify individuals using distinguishable marks on their dorsal fins.
  • Contribute to the trust’s excellent citizen science programme. Every sighting in the database has been collected by a member of the public.

Marine Life: 24 species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in the Hebrides – that’s nearly a third of the global total. The most commonly encountered species, and target of specific research, include:

  • Minke whales
  • Harbour porpoises
  • Bottlenose dolphins
  • White-beaked dolphins
  • Common dolphins.

When: April – Oct | Specific expedition dates

Duration: 7-12 days

Suitability: 16+ | Great for students doing research.

Requirements:  No experience required as full training is provided. Volunteers need good eyesight and hearing.

Visit Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust for more information.

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