Angus, 19 September 2019
Claire Lacey, Marine and Coastal Special Interest Group Committee
The CIEEM Scottish Section and Marine and Coastal SIG were honoured to work with the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership’s Coastal & Marine Group organisers to provide this event as part of the wonderful 2019 Angus Coastal Festival. We were also very fortunate to be joined by Cllr Bill Duff – Angus Species Champion for the bottlenose dolphin.
We were beyond fortunate with the weather, and had a glorious walk around coastal paths of Ferryden, a good vantage point from which 3 species of cetacean can regularly be seen as well as being a good spot to watch seals coming in and out of their estuary haul-outs.
We weren’t lucky enough to get any cetaceans during our watches today, but nevertheless had a good time talking about the life history of these animals, and getting some good hot-off-the-press updates on the monitoring which has been carried out over the summer by researchers at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU).