Yours Seas returns to the North East!

17th Oct 2014

ORCA and DFDS Seaways are delighted to announce the re-launch of the Your Seas project in the north east, a community and education programme dedicated to informing people of all ages about whales, dolphins and porpoises that can be seen in the North Sea. 

The programme offers a range of exciting activities such as the National Curriculum approved Dolphin Science Workshops for KS1- A-Level, Whale and Dolphin talks, fundraising and sponsorship events such as ‘Swim for a Fin’ and even Dolphin Research Excursions between Newcastle and Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways.

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- Community Wildlife Officer Rachael Forster

The work will be led by Rachael Forster who joined ORCA as the Community Wildlife Officer. She will be leading the Your Seas project in Primary schools around the north east as well as engaging with local community groups and is keen to use her local knowledge to benefit her region and aid in the conservation and awareness of cetaceans.

- The Wildlife Centre on board DFDS King Seaways

Rachael will be the Senior Wildlife Officer during the 2015 season between March and September, living on board the King Seaways on route between Newcastle and Amsterdam collecting sightings data as well as assisting passengers in spotting whales and dolphins.  Rachael says, ‘ I’m especially excited about continuing the successful Marine Wildlife Festival and Big Watch Weekend along the coastline, helping the whole community get involved in learning about marine mammals in the North Sea!’

ORCA would like to thank DFDS Seaways and the Garfield Weston Foundation for funding the Your Seas Project in the north east.

If you would like to contact Rachael to organise a workshop, talk or event in your school or organisation, please email rachael.forster@orcaweb.org.uk.

Your Seas launches in the South East!

The last quarter of 2014 is an exciting time for ORCA with the launch of ‘Your Seas - People and Port’ based out of our Portsmouth office.  This exciting new project combines the community marine education programme with a training programme to support employees of local businesses using Portsmouth International Port to take part in identification and sightings recordings.

‘Your Seas - People and Port’ has been made possible thanks to the support of Brittany Ferries, the John Spedan Lewis Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.