'ZOOCREW' research and monitoring boat survey
Brief Introduction to the Sea Watch Foundation
The Sea Watch Foundation is a national charity working to improve the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in British and Irish waters.
Through its continuous programme of research and monitoring information on changes to the status and distribution of cetacean populations and the condition of their habitats is continuously assessed. Data collected and published by the Sea Watch Foundation contributes to the protection and conservation of UK Cetaceans.
As part of the Sea Watch Foundation's work, a research trip was undertaken with BIAZA zoo staff members collecting data from two locations; the North Wales and Anglesey region along with Cardigan Bay New quay.
Find further details at www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk
'ZOOCREW' boat surveys
Ben Murcott, Group Leader for the Anglesey and North West region of Wales organised a research survey expedition within a key area of the Welsh coast. This was an excellent chance for animal keepers to take part in a dolphin survey. This unique opportunity allowed the participants to gain experience in marine mammal monitoring and data collection.
Cardigan Bay is home to one of two residential populations of Bottlenose dolphins in the UK. Photo identification of known individuals is carried out regularly in this area and chances are always high of encountering groups of dolphins here in spring and early summer.
Participants recevied full training on modern survey techniques and enjoyed a wildlife walk in the local area; a good opportunity for bird enthusiasts as the area is a fantastic spot for coastal birds.