Course: ORCA OceanWatchers


Multiple dates

Cost: £60

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, ecology

A huge diversity of whales, dolphins and porpoises can be sighted in UK and European waters.

During this course, you will be introduced to these incredible animals and you will learn how to identify over 25 different species of whale, dolphin and porpoise, plus learn the skills to be able to survey for these animals from land or at sea.

Upon completion, you will be given exclusive access to the bespoke ORCA OceanWatchers app, where you will be able to directly contribute to our vital conservation work.

The flexible ORCA OceanWatchers survey methodology and the easy-to-use app will enable many people to get involved with ORCA’s vital monitoring work and collect data more regularly.

To take part in the ORCA OceanWatchers programme, you will need to:

  • Attend an ORCA OceanWatchers training course
  • Become a member of ORCA
  • Download and log into the ORCA OceanWatchers app
  • Get out there to survey; wherever and whenever you like!

This is a 2-week online course covering 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. The course is created and managed by ORCA but will be booked through Field Studies Council (FSC) and hosted on the FSC learning platform, Moodle. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.

This course is aimed at adults and covers the following topics:

  • ORCA OceanWatchers Introduction and Cetacean Identification
  • Conducting a survey for whales, dolphins and porpoises using the ORCA OceanWatchers app

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the variety of whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK and European Waters and identify the species most commonly sighted here.
  • Use the ORCA OceanWatchers app to collect vital information on the environmental conditions and any animals sighted.
  • Contribute to ORCA’s work monitoring vulnerable whale, dolphin and porpoise populations and protecting critical marine habitats.

There are two remaining courses taking place in 2022: 

  • Monday 2nd May - Monday 23rd May 
  • Monday 6th June - Monday 27th June 

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