IWDG Core funders Inis join us whale watching

7th May 2016

The collaboration between Inis/Fragrances of Ireland and IWDG is now in its 12th year. Inis are based in Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow at the foot of the lovely Sugarloaf mountain, www.fragrancesofireland.com  have remarkably been IWDG's sole Corporate Core Funder during this period, and huge credit is due to them for maintaining financial support during the toughest of trading periods in recent years. Each year Inis Core funding has supported our biological recording schemes and additional support enables us deliver our annual All-Ireland Whale Watch Day, which this year will be on Saturday 27th August. Inis's latest collaboration has seen them fund the design and print run of the IWDG's new 25th Anniversary Sanctuary Declaration poster, which we've just got back from the printers. This fantastic resouce will be available throughout the Celtic Mist's Sanctuary cruise around Ireland, which commences this weekend from Fenit, Co. Kerry. Visitors to our yacht will be invited to take a copy of this free poster and other Inis samples, to help us celebrate Ireland's Whale and Dolphin sanctuary.

So we were delighted to be able to join up with the Inis team yesterday at Reen Pier, West Cork (Fri. 6th May) for a whale watch trip with Colin Barnes of Cork Whale Watch, another strong supporter of IWDG over the years. During this 4hr trip we observed 5 marine mammal species: otter, grey seals, harbour porpoises (2), common dolphins (60-80) and minke whales (4-5). No less than the Inis team deserved after so many years of supporting cetacean conservation in Ireland.

There is great scope for any Irish business who may have an interest in the marine, and marine conservation, who'd like to support our wildlife charity with either core funding or any other offer of assistance. We are a registered charity (CHY11163) and as such there are taxation benefits from supporting Irish charities. We'd love to hear from you. 

Big thanks from all of us in IWDG

Images from trip 06/05/16 (common dolphin and minke whale by Padraig Whooley, IWDG)