In spring 2016 we embarked on a new project with funding from the Manx Lottery Trust to develop a network of local land-based surveyors. We ran 3 training courses in May 2016 and trained a total of 55 people in species identification and survey methods. As expected, out of these 55, a small number of truely dedicated people are actively conducting surveys for us and have so far recorded Risso’s dolphins, Minke whales and Harbour porpoise.

The project continued in 2017, with a further 21 people taking part, giving us a total of 76 surveyors.

With interest in Manx cetaceans ever increasing, we do aim to conduct further training workshops in 2018 subject to funding or a small admin fee. Anyone interesting in becoming a land-based surveyor is asked to get in touch with us at any time.

A report on the project at the end of 2016 is available to download Land-based surveyors project report 2016

See our Land-based survey page to find out why this type of research is so important

Minke whale off Marine drive, seen by land-based surveyor Mike Kelly