Course: Marine Mammal Surveyor Course


Oban, Plymouth, Newquay, Portsmouth, Newcastle
Various 02392 832565 Anna Bunney

Cost: £60/£54

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, ecology

Our unique, participative volunteer scheme enables members of the public to collect scientific data about whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). This gives you the opportunity to contribute directly to vital conservation work. This certificated, fun and interesting course will give you all of the skills required to competently identify cetaceans at sea and take part in ORCA’s scientifically recognised surveys.

ORCA’s Marine Mammal Surveyor training course incorporates theoretical and practical training on marine mammal identification, organising and completing line-transect surveys as part of a team. With an international network of research vessels, ferries and cruise ships donating spaces to ORCA volunteers, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to participate in future whale and dolphin surveys.  Please note that this is a classroom based course.

Why complete the MMS training course?

ORCA relies on a large and dedicated team of volunteer observers to carry out its research, but to achieve the standard required we request that they first complete an ORCA MMS training course. In return, ORCA provides its volunteers with a wide range of opportunities to take part in our surveys, experience life at sea, encounter whales and dolphins as well as gain a greater understanding of ocean ecosystems and the threats to marine life. But, even if you don’t plan to get involved with ORCA in the long-term this training course is designed as an excellent introduction to conducting wildlife surveys that are of scientific value and improve your species identification skills.

Further details

Please follow the ‘More information’ link below for further information on dates and course venues

£60 per person, £54 concessions (students, seniors, unemployed). Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable


We still have spaces on the following courses.

Newquay, Cornwall: Saturday 11th November 2017

Plymouth: Saturday 25th November 2017

Oban, Argyll, Scotland: Saturday 9th December 2017

Portsmouth: Saturday 27th January 2018

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