SEAWATCH SW – Starts on 15th July 2007

The SeaWatch SW Project is an exciting new initiative designed to collect important information about some of the UK’s most threatened marine animals, including Basking Sharks, Ocean Sunfish and the critically endangered Balearic Shearwater. The results will provide new insights into the occurrence and behaviour of these species around our coasts, and how we can protect them while they visit our waters. The project is entirely volunteer-based, and is being supported by a number of major conservation and scientific organisations, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The survey phase of the project will be based at the Lands End peninsula in Cornwall from mid-July to mid-October. During that period, SEAWATCH SW need volunteer observers of any ability to assist with observation and recording of target species. Further details about how to get involved, latest sightings, and the conservation and scientific background can be found on the SEAWATCH SW web page. Cornwall Birding will publish updates, especially regarding the Balearic Sh’waters, as and when, on the Seawatch SW catagory on the right of this page.

SeaWatch SW is largely based on the efforts of volunteer observers, who will be based at the project watchpoint at Gwennap Head between mid-July and mid-October. The project has generated significant interest and all core seabird observer slots are now full, ensuring continuous ‘dawn-to-dusk’ coverage by experienced observers for the whole three months! In addition, we have just six days of core shark observer slots remaining to be filled, so if you would like to help out for a few hours or even a day or two click on the SEAWATCH SW link above for more information.

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