Budding north-east wildlife experts will be shown how to spot some of the underwater world’s most fascinating creatures at a special training day this weekend.
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity will host another Shorewatch coaching session in Aberdeen on Saturday for anyone interested in monitoring the presence of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Scotland.
The group relies on local people to collect data that could help to protect the animals in the future, and encourages them to carry out 10-minute watches at specific sites along the coast.
Katie Dyke, WDC conservation officer, said no experience was necessary and volunteers would be given expert training on the day.
“Shorewatch is a great opportunity to get actively involved in protecting whales and dolphins,” she said.
“You can watch whenever you feel like it – on the way to or from work, out with the dog or on a family walk at the weekend.
“I encourage everyone to come along to the training day and help WDC collect this vital data.”
One volunteer, Gerry Beasley, said signing up to Shorewatch last year had brought him a lot of satisfaction.
“I really like the idea of doing something that I enjoy but which is also useful to protect local whales and dolphins,” he said.
“It provides a structure and discipline for me to stop and be somewhere and just look at what is going on around me.”
The training session will take place at Nigg Bay Golf Club, Torry, from 10.30am to 4pm. Booking is essential as places are limited.
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