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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

To become a WiSe accredited operator you’ll need to attend a training course with us.

The course fee is currently £60 + VAT. The course is classroom based, with presentations and discussions on topics such as current marine wildlife legislation, good boat practice around wildlife, animal identification and behaviour, and specific species or habitat or habitat sensitivities pertinent to your area. Currently, full-course materials provided to attendees include: a CD with all legal and species information, including relevant Codes of Conduct,, together WiSe logos for use in your promotional material in a variety of formats, together with a WiSe DVD, WiSe flag and two stickers for your boat. You will also be entitled to have details of your business and activities listed on our website.

Remember, only the operator who attends the course gets the WiSe accreditation, not the boat or business. So if you have more than one boat skipper, you might want to consider sending each of them on a course.

We shall be holding a course at 1600 on the 24th October 2012 at

Tremough Campus

Falmouth

Please download a booking form HERE and email completed forms to info@wisescheme.org

If you would like to know more, please visit http://www.wisescheme.org/, or if you would like to book a place on the course, please contact us.

Joining WiSe

To become a WiSe accredited operator you’ll need to attend a training course with us.

The course fee is currently £60 + VAT. The course is classroom based, with presentations and discussions on topics such as current marine wildlife legislation, good boat practice around wildlife, animal identification and behaviour, and specific species or habitat or habitat sensitivities pertinent to your area. Currently, full-course materials provided to attendees include: a CD with all legal and species information, including relevant Codes of Conduct,, together WiSe logos for use in your promotional material in a variety of formats, together with a WiSe DVD, WiSe flag and two stickers for your boat. You will also be entitled to have details of your business and activities listed on our website.

Remember, only the operator who attends the course gets the WiSe accreditation, not the boat or business. So if you have more than one boat skipper, you might want to consider sending each of them on a course.

We shall be holding a course at 1000 on the 27th of October 2012 at:

Chichester Harbour Conservancy

The Education Centre

Dell Quay

PO20 7EE

Please download a booking form HERE and email completed forms to info@wisescheme.org

If you would like to know more, please visit http://www.wisescheme.org/, or if you would like to book a place on the course, please contact us.

2 new courses have been announced for the forthcoming month.

14th May – Forres, Scotland
31st May – Padstow, Cornwall.

If you are interested in attending please get in touch.

More information will follow soon.

wise-logoI am pleased to confirm that we have now booked a venue for the 10th March 2012, starting at 10:30 am at Napier University (Sighthill Campus), Edinburgh.

To Download the WiSe Course Details for  March 10th 2012 Please Click HERE

   To Download a WiSe Registration form Please Click HERE

I’m pleased to confirm that we have now booked a course to take place on the 10th of March 2012, starting at 1000 hours. The course will be held at:

Land and Wave Ltd

Upton House

Upton Country Park

Poole

Dorset

BH17 7BJ.

Cost will be GBP60.00 + VAT per person, to include all course materials, flag, stickers and website presence.

Tea and coffee will be available, and we are grateful to Land and Wave for very kindly hosting the event.

I’m attaching a brief outline with this email which will explain a little more what WiSe is about, otherwise you are welcome to visit our website to see how WiSe works.

I’d be grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible if you plan to attend so that we can plan resources, and by all means pass on this information to anyone else you feel may be interested in attending.

 

What is WiSe?

WiSe (Wildlife Safe) is a training and accreditation course aimed at operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife cruise operators, dive boats and commercial work boats, who are the most likely people to come into contact with marine wildlife – basking sharks, whales and dolphins, seals and seabirds – as they are out on the water on a regular basis.

The training of operators consists of instruction in how to best view these creatures, whilst at the same time minimising disturbance to them. All WiSe accredited operators will have received instruction into how to handle their craft and themselves whilst in contact with any of these animals, how they may react to the presence of boats and human presence, and how to leave them room to carry on with their lives unimpeded.

All WiSe operators will receive instruction into their local and national laws relating to wildlife, which is of particular importance due to the protected nature of many of these creatures. They will also receive instruction on species identification, life history and behaviour of a range of species they may encounter in the waters that they operate in. All WiSe operators will have completed a course led by one or more of our WiSe Instructors, and will agree to abide by our Codes of Conduct for all of the species covered by WiSe, as well as all relevant local or national laws and bylaws that may apply.

Training consists of four modules in the classroom, and all successful candidates will receive a certificate, identification stickers and a flag, for display on their vessel or at their place of business.

WiSe Instructors have been specially selected in all areas around the UK for their years of experience in the field, their knowledge of the species likely to be encountered in their locality, and local conservation issues relating to marine wildlife that are of particular importance.

This is just to confirm that the WiSe Course for Devon will take place on Friday the 15th of April 2011 at:

The Visitor Centre

Berry Head NNR

Gillard Road

Brixham

TQ5 9AP

http://www.berryhead.org.uk/findus.cfm

01803 882619

We shall start at 1000 and aim to finish by 1500. Tea and coffee will be available. and there is a cafe on site if you require lunch – lunch is not provided by us.

Cost for the course will be £60 + VAT payable on the day, by cash or cheque, please. If you require an invoice, please let me know in advance and I can prepare one for you to be picked up on the day, or sent to you electronically in advance.

All course materials will be included (on CD), along with a WiSe DVD, a flag and stickers for your boat. On the CD we have also included electronic versions of the WiSe logo for use in your promotional materials.

Please email info@wisescheme.org if you would definitely like to attend, and tell us how many places you require. Please pass this on to anybody else who might be interested in attending, as this will be the only course in the area this year.

Many thanks for your interest in the WiSe courses. I’m delighted to announce that we shall be running two WiSe courses in March. Please see the attached flyer for full details.

The courses will be held from 10.30am – 4pm on:
  • Monday 21st March: GTG, Glasgow
  • Tuesday 22nd March: NTS Visitor Centre, Glencoe
Thanks to support from SNH and Green Blue we are able to subsidise both courses and can offer registration at £90 per person (£75 + VAT).

If you’d like to register, please complete the attached registration form and send it to myself at Wild Scotland. If you know of other people who are interested in becoming accredited please forward the details on to them.

Caroline Warburton
Manager, Wild Scotland
caroline@wild-scotland.co.uk
www.wild-scotland.co.uk
Wild Scotland has been working with WiSe over the last four years to deliver the courses and as a current accreditated individual, you are invited to attend a WiSe Masterclass at the Ben Nevis Hotel in Fort William on Weds 23rd March 2011. The one-day event is open to all WiSe accredited individuals and participation will result in a Master WiSe Accreditation and the use of the ‘master’ logo on your marketing materials. Attendance will also renew your accreditation for another three years (WiSe accreditation is valid for 3 years).

The day will run from 10.15am – 4.00pm and will cover some of the latest research and issues affecting key marine wildlife species in Scotland. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss current issues and network with other operators. We have some excellent speakers and I’m sure it’ll be a useful and interesting day.

Please find attached the flyer, current programme and registration form. The cost of the day’s event, including WiSe Master Accreditation is £75 per person (incl VAT). If you would like to attend please complete the registration form and return to myself. Accommodation is available at the hotel at £40 (single occupancy), please contact the hotel directly to book.

If you are unable to attend the Masterclass and your accreditation is due for renewal, WiSe asks that you attend a standard WiSe course. Please contact myself for forthcoming dates.

Caroline Warburton

Manager, Wild Scotland

Scottish Wildlife & Nature Tourism Operators Association

Telephone 0845 226 0987 or email info@wild-scotland

Masterclass Registration Document

Download Event Programme

Download WiSe Masterclass Information Document

The following details have now been confirmed. Please insure that you arrive in plenty of time to find the Lecture Room.

Date:  20th November 2010

Arrive:   0930

Venue:   Tremough Campus Lecture Room B in DM

Start:   10:30

A WiSe Scheme course is to be held at 0930 in Tremough Campus on the 20th November 2010.

Places are limited so please get in touch soonest. More details to follow!

info@wisescheme.org

All WiSe Operators are being asked to look out for tagged basking sharks this summer. After a successful pilot project last year, researchers in Ireland have tagged over 100 animals so far this year, and the first re-sighting of a tagged shark has just been made off the Isle of Muck in the west of Scotland by WiSe Operator Ronnie Dyer of the M/V Shearwater out of Arisaig.

The tags are red (West Cork), white (Kerry) and Yellow (Donegal) and are numbered to help (see photo) identify the animal and where and when it was tagged. Reports of sighted animals will help to establish migration patterns for the basking shark.

If you sight a tagged shark, please report it to info@baskingshark.ie , or if you would like to know more visit their website at www.baskingshark.ie

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February 2010

February 2010 – in addition to the confirmed dates below, we will be holding courses in the south-west of England. When dates are confirmed, we will post them here.

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