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Big Watch Weekend 2017

05-06 Aug 17

Big Watch Weekend 2017

The 5th and 6th of August sees the return of the Big Watch Weekend Whale and Dolphin survey in our region! BWW2017 has been organised as part of the Sea Watch Foundation’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch. 

North East Whale and Dolphin Survey

Working in Partnership with MARINElife, Northumberland and Berwickshire Marine Nature Partnership, Northumberland Wildlife Trust as well as rangers from Sunderland City Council, the coast of North East England will be covered by volunteers who will survey for Cetaceans. Anyone can get involved!

New to Cetaceans or need to brush up your ID skills?

Cetacean ID training sessions will also be available on 20th and 27th July, delivered by Martin Kitching from MARINElife and will be held here at the Great North Museum: Hancock. These sessions will run from 6:30pm until 8pm. This means you can join in if you are completely new or just need to brush up on your ID skills. ERIC NE will help coordinate volunteers and provide survey packs for volunteers too. E-mail to book your place.

What will be happening over the weekend?

As well as volunteers along the coast there will be points for anyone to drop in and get involved over the weekend. See below for details:


Cresswell Village Hall, Northumberland – 5th & 6th August 10am - 4pm

NWT are hosting a marine mammal fun weekend at Cresswell.

Spot dolphins and more on the cetacean watch and enjoy games and activities in the hall. Stop by to learn more about the varied marine life on our coast.

This is a joint Living Seas project event. (click here for more information)


Hendon cliff top car park, Sunderland SR2 9RZ 5th & 6th August 10am – 4pm

ERIC and Sunderland Council’s Ranger will be based in Hendon with equipment to help you get involved in the watch and look at some if the interesting flora in the area.


How to get involved!


If you or your organisation would like to be involved in this survey to improve our knowledge of both the Region’s and UK’s Cetaceans, please contact Paul at or you can call on 01912085158 to find out more.

Image Credit: John Carnell