Guest blog: Calling all “Sea Watchers” in Wales


The Sea Watch Foundation, a nationwide charity studying whales, dolphins and porpoises, has launched a new initiative to monitor Welsh cetaceans with the help of volunteers; the Welsh Sea Watchers project. 

The Welsh Sea Watchers Project, a scheme supported by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, aims to establish a reliable network of volunteers to monitor cetaceans and raise awareness for the amazing marine wildlife that can be found off the Welsh coast. Wales is an area particularly rich in cetacean sightings with one of only 2 resident populations of bottlenose dolphins in the UK found on its west coast. A further 7 species of cetaceans are spotted off the Welsh coast on a regular basis, including harbour porpoise, Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, minke whales and even killer whales.

Now Sea Watch is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get in touch and get involved!


There are lots of ways to volunteer; whether you want to conduct your own land based surveys, give talks and organise events for your local community, start a twitter campaign to promote Sea Watch or visit schools to raise awareness for Welsh cetaceans and inspire future generations! No experience is necessary; all you need is a keen interest in cetaceans and conservation!

To find out more about the project and get involved or to arrange a talk or event, contact the Wales Development Officer, Katrin Lohrengel on

Seen a dolphin?


Submit your sighting online on the Sea Watch Foundation website ( or phone the sightings hotline on 01545 561227.


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