Our seas and marine life are suffering the impacts of society and human interference
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are working tirelessly to monitor and protect the semi-resident population of Bottlenose Dolphins in Cardigan Bay. But they need your help!
Approximately 35% of Welsh inshore waters and 75% of the coastline receives protected status. What does this actually mean?
Unfortunately, despite these designations our seas still suffer from litter, pollution, and insatiable demands for food, energy and aggregates.
Cardigan Bay (the base for our Living Seas work) is one of only two areas in UK waters that host a semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins – apex predators like these are barometers of the state of the marine environment.
For this reason we have been monitoring the population through our Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) for over 20 years.
We need your donations to carry on this work. Your donations will allow us to recruit and train volunteers to carry out research and monitoring, and to provide the necessary equipment to support them.
We couldn’t deliver all our marine conservation work without volunteers.
Making a difference for Dolphins
Donate now to help us monitor the amazing Bottlenose Dolphins in Cardigan Bay.
Your donation will help us to carry on this vital work.
- £10 will buy us basic monitoring equipment for volunteers
- £50 would support a day’s monitoring from the shoreline
- £250 would help us provide training for a group of volunteers to collect vital marine data
- £500* would enable us to continue our ongoing research and survey work on the marine environment in Cardigan Bay.
*Individuals donating £500 or over will receive a voucher for two to join a 1.5hr boat trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips in New Quay (maximum numbers apply), bookable through the CBMWC.
How to donate
- Call 01656 724100 to donate using a credit or debit card
- Send a cheque, made payable to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, at The Nature Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 0EH
- Donate online by filling in the donation form
At CBMWC, our Living Seas volunteers help us provide information to others on how to respect and enjoy the dolphins without disturbing them.
In the face of current acute and chronic ecological change, accurate and long-term monitoring is critical to understand and mitigate the impacts. Cetaceans are long lived, and are much harder to study than terrestrial wildlife, so monitoring must be long-term.
We work in close partnership with several universities whose student research projects broaden our knowledge base.
Data collected over time provides us with invaluable information on the trends in the occurrence of dolphins which are vital for marine conservation efforts, and our data has played a pivotal role in convincing Welsh Government to increase protection for marine mammals in Cardigan Bay.