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18/3/17 WiSe Master course to be held at:

Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club

North Road

Fort William

PH33 6TG

 

20/3/17 WiSe Standard course to be held at:

Scottish Natural Heritage

Inverdee House

Baxter Street

Torry

Aberdeen

AB11 9QA

 

25/3/17 WiSe Standard Oban, venue TBC

Wise Course

The WiSe Course running at Oban on the 7th March 2015 is now FULLY BOOKED!

There are still some places left for Mallaig and Morar Community Centre so book now to avoid disappointment!!

 

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We are currently planning WiSe courses in England, Wales and the west and east coasts of Scotland for March/April of 2015. Please contact us to register your interest if you’d like to attend. Please send your details to info@wisescheme.org

Dear All,

This year, for the 13th National Whale and Dolphin Watch (NWDW), WiSe will be joining forces with the Sea Watch Foundation and inviting members of the public to participate in cetacean surveys around the UK from the 26th July to the 3rd  August 2014. This yearly event not only provides an opportunity to collect a large amount of valuable data but has also proved to be an excellent way to raise public awareness and understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in British waters.

We would like to invite you to get involved in NWDW 2014 through the collection of data on your trips between 26th July and 3rd August and the promotion of the event to your passengers. To help you do this, you will be sent a NWDW Sightings Pack and promotional material (ON REQUEST). You will also be provided with a regional press release in the run-up to the event as well as coverage of your event on the Sea Watch Foundation website which received over four million hits last year. We hope that participating operators can expect to benefit from additional bookings as a result of this promotion.

If you are interested in taking part please contact SWF Sightings Officer Kathy James. (kathy.james@seawatchfoundation.org.uk).

Kind regards,

WiSe Scheme

In conjunction with H2O training we are please to announce a WiSe Scheme Standard Course!

Details:

Date: 27th June 2014
Time: 9:00-17:00
Cost: £75

Training Venue:
Moray Firth Watersports Association
West Beach,
Lossiemouth
IV31 6SP
Free parking at training venue.

Getting There:
Closest train station: Elgin, there is a very regular bus service from Elgin to Lossiemouth.
Closest bus station: Elgin, 10min bus ride from Lossiemouth.

The instructors will be Dr Claire Eatock and Rachael Plunkett.

The course is being organised by H2O training in Lossiemouth.
Their website is: http://www.h2otraining.co.uk/
And their WiSe course info page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/315876728561293/

Bookings must go through H2O training – this can be done via their contact page: http://www.h2otraining.co.uk/contact/ by email: info@h2otraining.co.uk or by phone: 07500 816665

We have a Wise Standard Course planned for Inverness on the 28th February 2014.

Please contact us for further details.

WiSe Scheme Master Course March 8th 2014

We are pleased to announce that we shall be holding our first WiSe Master course in England at the University of Exeter, Falmouth campus.

We have assembled a really top-flight panel of experts to deliver the course, which will be an essential event for existing WiSe Standard members, especially those with a strong interest in commercial wildlife watching.

The following experts are scheduled to attend and deliver modules on the following range of species and interests:

Basking sharks: Dr Matthew Witt (University of Exeter) and Colin Speedie (WiSe)

Cetaceans: Dr Peter Evans (UCNW Bangor and Sea Watch Foundation)

Birds: Paul St Pierre (RSPB)

Seals: Powell Strong (Pembrokeshire College & WiSe) Sue Sayer (Cornwall Seal Group & WiSe)

Marine turtles: Professor Brendan Godley (University of Exeter)

Wildlife Law and you: PC Del Allerton-Baldwin

 

There will be an opportunity for all to ask questions of the experts in an afternoon session, which will also include a presentation from the Cornwall Code Group.

 

Attendance will cost £75.00 + VAT per individual, and a full VAT invoice will be provided.

 

All attendees will receive the latest WiSe Codes of Conduct, plus a flag, Master stickers and logos for use on promotional materials, plus an upgraded Master designation on the WiSe website.

 

Please let us know if you (and others) would like to attend as soon as possible, so that we can plan resources, at info@wisescheme.org

WiSe will be holding a Master Course on the 8th March at the University of Exeter (Falmouth Campus) on the 8th March 2013.

 

Further details will be posted soon.

Wildlife disturbance can be a crime

 

We were all shocked to hear of the incident (link to BBC article) at Padstow in the UK’s River Camel estuary in July 2013, where numerous boats were interacting with a pod of bottlenose dolphins repeatedly for several hours. This resulted in one of the juvenile dolphins being fatally hit by a boat.  The police have made a plea for anyone with information to contact them.

Some good has to come from this terrible incident, so it is a timely opportunity to reinforce safe and respectful conduct to boat owners and operators, and anyone out on the water. UK Legislation exists to avoid disturbance to our marine wildlife. The UK’s regulator, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), states the situation very clearly:

“It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb a porpoise, dolphin or whale and it is also an offence to deliberately disturb any cetacean (dolphins, porpoises and whales) in a way that may impair their ability to survive, feed, breed, rear or nurture their young.”

For more information see the MMO website.

What should you do if you think you see someone causing disturbance to marine wildlife?

  • Take photographs and/or film of the disturbance, making sure to capture details of the incident, the boat and the driver.
  • Make a note of the time, location and describe what you saw recording as many facts as you can.
  • If you think a crime has been committed, contact the Police.
  • Remember the Police can be very busy, but it is vital that you report the incident properly. Insist that you speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer to report the incident, stating you believe you have witnessed a wildlife crime incident.

If you want to go out on the water to view wildlife, choose a WiSe accredited operator. Visit the WiSe website and search the Google map or regional pages to find a local wildlife-safe boat operator near you.

 

 

Sea Shepherd UK together with Bob Archell’s Dive Master Insurance is offering a reward totalling £2000 for information leading to an arrest and successful conviction of the persons responsible for the suspected killing of a young Bottlenose dolphin yesterday. Information can be confidentially submitted to report@seashepherduk.org
Location was the port hand buoy in the Camel Estuary (near Daymer Bay, Trebetherick Point) at 3.30-4pm. Up to 25 small vessels involved. BDMLR and Cornwall Wildlife Trust are appealing for witnesses. Please call 101 and ask for Devon and Corwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer. If carcass found report immediately to the Strandings network on 0345 2012626.
We would like to thank Bob Archell & Dive Master Insurance for matching Sea Shepherd UK’s £1000 reward offer!

Dear All,

This year, for the 12th National Whale and Dolphin Watch (NWDW), WiSe will be joining forces with the Sea Watch Foundation and inviting members of the public to participate in cetacean surveys around the UK from the 27th July to the 4th August 2013. This yearly event not only provides an opportunity to collect a large amount of valuable data but has also proved to be an excellent way to raise public awareness and understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in British waters.

We would like to invite you to get involved in NWDW 2013 through the collection of data on your trips between 27th July and 4th August and the promotion of the event to your passengers. To help you do this, you will be sent a NWDW Sightings Pack and promotional material. You will also be provided with a regional press release in the run-up to the event as well as coverage of your event on the Sea Watch Foundation website which received over four million hits last year and the WiSe website. We hope that participating operators can expect to benefit from additional bookings as a result of this promotion.

If you are interested in taking part please contact SWF Sightings Officer Danielle Gibas. (danielle.gibas@seawatchfoundation.org.uk).

Kind regards,

WiSe Scheme

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“Do you want to be WiSe and get a qualification recognising your commitment

to our wonderful wildlife – and demonstrate that you know how to view marine wildlife

in a sustainable manner?”

Hello,

The Northern Ireland WiSe Scheme Instructors, together with the DOE Marine Division, are holding two training course days in 2013:

Wednesday 24th April (Crawfordsburn Country Park) and Thursday 25th April (Portrush Coastal Zone).

What is the WiSe Scheme?

The WiSe Scheme (http://www.wisescheme.org/) is the first and only programme in the UK to offer Training and Accreditation to boat operators interested in the development of the sustainable marine ecotourism. The accreditation lasts for three years from the date of award.

Whilst previous courses have been aimed at boat operators, the new courses are also open to outdoor recreation providers who work on the coast or at sea e.g. sea kayak instructors and coastal orienteering specialists.

The WiSe Scheme aims to:

· Minimise unintentional disturbance to marine wildlife, including cetaceans, basking sharks, seals and seabirds.

· Provide information on the best means of approach to marine wildlife, safe distances and how to obtain the most from the encounter.

· Create understanding of how different species react to approaching vessels, understanding their behavioural patterns.

· Create company publicity (through the website) mainly for commercial operators who are accredited wildlife operators.

The price for the course is yet to be determined but is likely to be in the range of £70 as in previous years.

If you are interested in attending either of this year’s two WiSe Scheme courses please contact:

Alison Archer at the Portrush Coastal Zone.

Tel: 028 70823600

Email: Alison.archer@doeni.gov.uk

Please confirm your intention to attend by Friday 5th April.

 

So be WiSe – get Trained and Accredited!

Free lecture by WiSe Founder Colin Speedie on how to identify whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles, including helpful and practical observation guidelines. The event will take place in the Puerto Calero Auditorium on Thursday 31st October at 6pm. 

Join us for a fun and inclusive lecture on how to identify marine life during an Atlantic crossing, with straightforward and practical observation guidelines.
Colin Speedie, a yachtsman with a lifelong interest in marine life offers the perfect perspective for cruisers who wish to gain a richer understanding of marine life to be seen around the Canaries and whilst crossing the Atlantic. He will offer helpful and useful information about different species and their behaviour together with practical advice on how to how to ensure that potential disturbance to marine animals is reduced to a minimum – equally how to avoid potentially endangering yourself and your crew!

Colin has published a significant volume of material about natural history, sailing and the environment in the form of scientific reports, papers and magazine articles. For over twenty years he has worked as a professional skipper and researcher on projects studying whales, dolphins, basking sharks and turtles. He founded and runs WiSe, the UK’s training and accreditation programme for safe and sustainable marine wildlife watching. Towards the end of the lecture he will provide details on how you can help researchers by recording what you see.

The event also will be attended by Vidal Martin, president of the Canarian Ceteaceans Conservation Society (SECAC) who will be available to answer any questions on their work and local marine life.
With some spectacular photography the lecture promises to be both entertaining and educational.
Free entry – all are welcome – please call to book however since places are limited.
Puerto Calero Reception  – 928 510850 – reservas@puertocalero.com

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