Skip to content
All articles
  • All articles
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Green Whale
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Stop whaling
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...
Fin whale

From managing commercial slaughter to saving the whale – the International Whaling Commission at 75

Governments come together under the auspices of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to make decisions...

WDC at Scottish Parliament

On Monday 16th February, we, Lorna (Education officer) and Katie (Conservation officer),  along with our Edinburgh based colleague Sarah Dolman, took a little trip to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to take part in the Scottish Environment Festival 2015 run by Scottish Environment LINK, the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, of which WDC is a member.

The theme for Scottish Environment Week 2015 was Sharing Scotland, highlighting all the resident and visiting species with which we share our environment and the human duty to share the space fairly and responsibly. 

Our presence at the festival was sponsored by David Stewart MSP, allowing us to take part to highlight the amazing species of whales, dolphins and porpoises that inhabit our seas and showcase our education programme and citizen science programme Shorewatch, here in Scotland. Thank you to Mr Stewart for his support and the support of his staff.

With a stall alongside the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and the Marine Conservation Society as part of a drop-in session for MSPs and public visitors alike, we also ran the day’s seminar. This gave us the chance to really show off our work and the amazing commitment shown by our Shorewatch volunteers!

Using skulls, baleen and life size cut outs we introduced MSPs to some of the whales and dolphins found in Scottish waters and we even got them to conduct a mock Shorewatch, giving them an excellent idea of the work we carry out through our education and Shorewatch programme.

To find out more about how the entire week went check out this video;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIvRVMOU43w&feature=youtu.be