Key Results of Whale Watch Ireland 2013
We present the main results for this years all-Island Whale Watch day on Sunday 18th August. A huge thanks to Inis, Cologne for their funding support for this years event, and to the 16 watch leaders for volunteering your time and passion for whales and dolphins.
Count down to tomorrow's Whale Watch Day, Sunday 18th August 2:00-5:00pm
If you'd like to attend tomorrow's whale watch event and have any questions please phone your local watch leader at details below. Best to avoid texting, as it may not be possible for us to reply to large volumes of SMS in the next 24 hrs due to the event's popularity. Most questions seem as always to want to know how to book and what time the boats are leaving at. Please note there is no need to book and there are no boats involved, as these are land-based watches. Just turn up with your binoculars and sense of humour, and of course plaase dress for field conditions, especially if there are likely to be showers or windy conditions prevailing at events in the northwest of the country.
We've just noticed that the Heritage Council website shows the 2nd Kerry event to be at Kerry Head, but this has been changed to Brandon Point, Co. Kerry. We hope you can join us tomorrow and that you enjoy the watch. Remember, at last year's watch 60% of sites recorded sightings. So it's very much a case of...."if you're not in, you can't win". The very best of luck.
Whale Watch Ireland 2013, Sunday 18th August
This Sunday 18th August is All-Ireland Whale Watch Day, when members of the public are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00pm -5:00 pm for a free, guided, land-based whale watch.
The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that have been recorded around the Irish coast, by giving members of the public an opportunity to observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment. It is also a great opportunity to meet IWDG personnel and discuss whales and dolphins, whale-watching, whale science and cetacean conservation issues. This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast on the day, which in itself is a very valuable exercise.
During our "Whale Watch Ireland 2012" event, cetaceans were recorded at 10 of 16 sites (63%) around the country. So while there are no guarantees that you will see whales or dolphins at your local event, this is still a wonderful opportunity to visit a stunning location with a reasonable chance of viewing some of Ireland's most dynamic wildlife.
This annual, all-island event, organized by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in association with Inis Cologne is free and open to all. All watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly seen cetacean species in Irish waters. You should bring binoculars or spotting scopes and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Please note there are no boat trips involved and you do not need to make a booking. Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below). The very latest validated information on whale and dolphin sightings and strandings in Irish waters can be found on www.iwdg.ie
We recommend that you keep an eye on the weather forecast over the weekend, if you are planning on travelling a significant distance to your site, as the success of your local watch will very much depend on the weather on the day. So fingers crossed for reasonable whale watching weather (light winds, clear skies and good visibility).
Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council www.heritagecouncil.ie and all local whale watches are listed on their publications and website
Any media enquiries to:
Full event details below:
Location Meeting Point Watch Leader Contact
Howth Hd., Co. Dublin, Balscadden Car Park, Brian Glanville 087-1390665
Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin, Vico Road, Isabel Baker 086-4057633
Bray Hd., Co. Wicklow, Pitch & putt, Hannah Keogh 087-2819201
Hook Hd, Co. Wexford, Lighthouse Deirdre Slevin 087-1319001
Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ram Hd tower, John Goggin 087-2766801
Galley Hd., Co. Cork, Lighthouse, Pádraig Whooley 086-3850568
Clogher Hd, Co. Kerry Layby Nick Massett 087-6736341
Brandon Pt. Co. Kerry Car Park Louise Overy 085-8173999
Loop Hd., Co. Clare, Lighthouse, Simon Berrow 086-8545450
Black Hd, Co. Clare, Lighthouse, Sandra O’ Donovan 086-6061869
Downpatrick Hd, Co. Mayo, Car Park, Caroline Tuffy 086-8937072
Mullaghmore Hd, Co. Sligo, lay-by, Fiona Wheeldon 087-9542145
Malin Head, Co. Donegal, Signal Tower, Emmett Johnston 087-2867055
Ramore Hd, Co. Antrim, Portrush Coastal Zone Alison Archer 7518263648
Portmuck, Co. Antrim, Car park, Ian Enlander 028-93372724
Bloody Bridge, Co. Down, Car park, David Williams 028-90455784
IWDG extend a huge thanks to Inis, Cologne in Wicklow for both their generous core-funding support and sponsorship of Whale Watch day each year. See www.perfume.ie