Become a land-based surveyor

With generous support from the Manx Lottery Trust we are embarking on an exciting project entitled ‘The development of a network of local marine mammal surveyors’.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals from all across the island to carry out surveys of whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks from the coastline. Training will be given free of charge by marine mammal scientists living on the island (that’s us) in the form of a half day indoor workshop. You will learn all about our local species and how to identify them, the importance of scientific data collection and how to conduct a land-based survey. You will receive a free land-based survey pack including a compass, ID guide and appropriate forms.

Once trained, volunteer surveyors will be expected to conduct land-based surveys under their own accord, with full support from Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.


Saturday 14th May 09:00-12:00 Port st Mary Town hall, West room

Sunday 15th May 09:00-11:00 Onchan Community Centre

Saturday 21st May 14:00-17:00 Sulby Community Hall

If you are unable to make any of these workshops but are interested in becoming a surveyor, please get in touch so we can arrange to train you elsewhere.

To book your place on one of our free workshops please contact Jen on or 07624 393496

We look forward to working with you.


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