Watch Cardigan Bay dolphins from your own home!
Dolphin Watch Live, the opportunity to watch Cardigan Bay dolphins from your own home!
As part of the Living Seas Wales project The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Cardigan
Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) have installed a webcam to help researchers monitor
the bottlenose dolphin activity in New Quay Bay.
The lockdown restrictions initially imposed during the spring of 2020 highlighted how
important being able to immerse ourselves in nature and wildlife is for everyone. The global
pandemic has affected countless people and organisations in many different ways, not just
financially but it has also prevented conservation organisations like us from being able to
carry out our usual marine research and conservation activity.
2020 is the first year in almost 25 years that the team at CBMWC have not been able to
collect vital conservation information through our marine monitoring surveys. In a typical
year we would have been fortunate enough to spend time on the water monitoring the
Cardigan Bay Bottlenose dolphins and other marine wildlife found in Welsh waters, but this
year has been very different.
We have not been able to conduct any boat survey activity and have only been able to carry out a minimal number of shore based surveys to collect data that contributes to the monitoring of the internationally important population of bottlenose dolphins found in Cardigan Bay.
In addition many other people will not have had the opportunity to visit New Quay or other
towns and villages along the Welsh coast as they would have liked to this year. As part of our
Living Seas Wales project we wanted to find a way to share the amazing sights we have from
our sea front Visitor Centre and office with everyone. We decided to set up a webcam to
bring the views of the sea, the dolphins and other sea life to everyone’s homes as well as to
find a way that people can help us to monitor the wildlife in the area.
For countless people having the opportunity to watch the waves lapping on our shores with a
chance of spotting some dolphins will provide some much needed distraction. The camera
means that we are able to continue to keep a watch out for dolphins and other wildlife even
when surveys cannot take place.
2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year for The Wildlife Trust of South and West
Wales’ Living Seas staff at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) but we are
excited to share Dolphin Watch Live with the world!
Dr Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager