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Sea Watch Observer Location: Yorkshire's Coast, Yorkshire

12th March 2019

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Cetaceans are a common sight in UK waters, with regular sightings of minke whales, harbour porpoise, white beaked dolphins and even humpback whales, off the Yorkshire coast. Despite this, cetaceans face numerous threats from human activities. If we are to further the protection of cetaceans in our waters then more information on their numbers and locations is required. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Sea Watch Foundation are teaming up to improve data collection in the Yorkshire area and would like the help of passionate volunteers to become dedicated Sea Watch Observers to help us achieve this.

By becoming a SeaWatch Observer you will provide important information about how, where and when cetaceans use Yorkshire coastal waters, enabling us to better protect these animals using conservation measures. Anyone can be an Observer: all you need is enthusiasm, a pair of binoculars (provided) and a little patience. If you enjoy spending time by the coast regularly, why not take time to record what you see – and what you don’t?!

We will provide full training on how to undertake dedicated cetacean surveys for all volunteers. Liaising with the project co-ordinator, you will decide on a ‘watching station’ on the coastline from which to regularly conduct surveys.

Attendance at Sea Watch Observer training course is essential. There are two training dates available: Saturday 27th April at the Living Seas Centre, Flamborough OR Sunday 28th April at Whitby YHA, Whitby. This will be a full day course from approximately 9am until 5pm, including time spent in the field sea watching. There are no other dates available for training, so if you cannot make either if these planned days you will not be able to volunteer in this role as the training is essential. Please indicate on your application form which training day you would like to attend.

You can find out much more about the opportunity in the detailed role description found at the bottom of the page along with an application form should you wish to apply. Please return your completed application form to

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