Course: Marine Mammal Surveyor Training Course


Glasgow, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton (other locations TBC)
Multiple dates 02392832565

Cost: £89

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, ecology

ORCA are one of the UK’s leading whale and dolphin conservation charities.

Marine Mammal Surveyors are the backbone of all of ORCA’s research and our surveying offers people from all walks of life the opportunity to actively participate in whale and dolphin conservation. These dedicated volunteers help our work by donating their valuable time so that important marine mammal habitats can be studied and monitored. Survey teams board ferries and cruise ships leaving ports across the UK to conduct scientific surveys to record the species seen, where they are and what they are doing.

All you need is a passion for whales and dolphins, a reasonable level of fitness and to take an ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor course, which will teach you everything you need to know to become a citizen scientist. These one day, classroom based courses take place all over the UK and will give you all of the skills you need to identify and record whales, dolphins and porpoises during offshore surveys.

During our one day Marine Mammal Surveyor training courses you will:

  • Learn how to identify and record whales, dolphins and porpoises during offshore surveys and how to interpret their behaviour
  • Find out about the species you may encounter in European waters
  • Understand ORCA’s distance sampling survey protocol preparing you for travel at sea

Courses are £89 per person and open to over 16's (though please note that you must be 18 to participate in a ferry survey and 21 to participate in a cruise survey). Once you have completed the course and become an ORCA member (starting at £5 per month or £60 per annum), you will then have the opportunity to apply for our offshore surveys (ferry tickets and cabins where applicable) are provided free of charge.

Dates and locations for our 2020 courses can be found below: (we will also be holding courses in January 2021, these dates and locations are TBC)

October 2020 

  • Glasgow - Saturday 24th October 9:30AM - 4:30PM (TouchBase Business Centre / Sense Scotland, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE)

November 2020

  • Newcastle - Saturday 14th November 9:30AM - 4:30PM (Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP)
  • Plymouth - Saturday 21st November 9.30AM – 4.30PM (Marine Station, University of Plymouth, Artillery Place, Plymouth, PL4 0LU)

December 2020

  • Southampton - Sunday 6th December 2020 - 9:30AM - 4:30PM (National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH)

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