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A new app from conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is set to transform the way that people can help gather vital scientific data about whales, dolphins and porpoises off the Western Isles and west coast.


Whale Track is a quick and easy way for anyone to submit their sightings from across the Hebrides.


The initiative has the backing of television presenter, wild animal biologist and biochemist Liz Bonnin, Patron of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.


“Encouraging the public to play a very real part in the protection of their local wildlife is essential if we are going to have any chance of safeguarding it for the future,” said Liz.


“Thanks to great advances in technology, the Whale Track app will allow everyone to contribute to research, no matter how remote their location – even if they are out of network or wifi coverage. It’s an exciting prospect, and a very positive step towards protecting this magnificent part of the planet.”


The app is designed to work at sea and in remote coastal communities where there is often no cellular coverage – allowing boat operators, fishermen and other seafarers to get involved, while coastal communities can report their sightings from land.


All data collected by the app feeds into a web portal, allowing anyone to interact with this information – including by exploring recent sightings, generating sightings maps and discovering top-reported species.


The free app - which  includes a species identification guide - received a £79,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


Western Scotland’s seas are one of Europe’s most important cetacean habitats. So far 24 of the world’s estimated 92 cetacean species have been recorded in the region.


Whale tracking app allows people to report sightings

12 August 2017

Killer whale off the west coast                                     HWDT