|The Crawsnest is an independent wildlife group based in Carnoustie, Angus. We have been monitoring the return of the bottlenose dolphins to the River Tay on a regular basis for the past four years. Crawsnest (Scotland), have decided to start a project to record, in detail, the numbers and individuals that are frequenting the area.
The project began in April 2007 with the shore-based monitoring of the dolphins as they returned from their winter travels. Over the summer months we will be recording data on their activity within the River Tay.
The increase in the numbers of dolphins has led many experts to the conclusion that they are the beginnings of a new colony, at present, resident in the Tay for at least six months of the year.
It is our hope that over the coming years we can build up a picture of these animals, leading to a greater understanding of individual dolphins, their family groups, their movements around our coastline and the environment they inhabit, as they continue to grow and develop into a fully resident colony.
How can you help?
The Crawsnest is a non-profit organisation. We do not ask for any monetary support. However, there are many ways you can assist us with our research.
Report a Sighting
To report a sighting, please fill in the sightings form. Please try and complete all sections of the form as the more information you are able to supply, the more complete will be our understanding of the dolphins movements.
Volunteer with the Crawsnest
We would like to hear from anyone who is interested in being part of our monitoring team. Experience of identifying cetaceans would be an asset, but we are willing to give training to anyone who has a real interest in the welfare of the animals.
If you would like to know more about volunteering with the Crawsnest, please contact us and we can have a chat...
Become a Sponsor
As already said, the Crawsnest does not ask for monetary support, but we would be glad to hear from any one whowould be willing to to help us in our research.
Dolphins are wild animals.. We would like to see them remain that way... Please see our Wish List for a better ideaof our aims and beliefs.
If you agree with our aims and would like to become a sponsor, please contact us for further details.