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A memory of Spey Bay – golden light and crisp days

A Spey Bay story by Laura Harper, previous WDC residential volunteer and Scottish Wildlife Trust ranger  It was a bright March morning, still quite early, when I was awoken by light streaming into my attic bedroom window.  I leapt out of bed, opened the sky light and stuck my head out to get my first

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Three days Shorewatching on the Isle of Skye

By Scottish Dolphin Centre residential volunteer Maddie Cayley  At the end of August, Shorewatch Coordinator Katie and I travelled over to Skye to visit WDC’s two existing Shorewatch sites on the island, Kilt Rock and Armadale, and to open our new site at Bornisketaig in North Skye. Skye is magical all on its own but

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Citizen Scientists contribute to newly published Risso’s Dolphin Photo-ID catalogues in North Scotland, Orkney and Shetland

By Nicola Hodgins, WDC Research Co-ordinator Risso’s dolphins are an amazing yet relatively little-known species. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time studying them off the west coast of Scotland over the last 13 years and I’ve come to recognise individuals and have enjoyed observing long-term friendships and family groups. It’s always a joy to

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2012 Residential volunteers

Magical moments of a Spey Bay volunteer

By Olivia Masi Day ONE in Spey Bay, I awoke early, excited and eager to get out exploring. Everyone else was sleeping. Walking along the shingle, I saw such an abundance of birds and sat down to steady my binoculars. I was concentrating on some birds floating on the water, when WHOA, a dolphin filled

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The Song of the Yellowhammer

2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, and to celebrate the Scottish Dolphin Centre is collecting stories about Spey Bay from WDC volunteers, the local community and our visitors. Stories should be 150-300 words long, or could be in another form such as poetry, video, music, or anything creative! Submissions can be sent by email to [email protected] or

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Spey Bay in the 1950s: Dancing and chauffeurs

We were delighted to hear from Mrs Helen Mills (nee Minty), who sent in these lovely memories of Spey Bay in the 1950’s. This blog is part of our #SpeyBayStories project, if you would like to contribute please email [email protected]  The original Spey Bay hotel was a landmark in the area in the 1900s and

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A whale and dolphin bonanza in the Outer Hebrides

By Micheal Amos, WDC Residential Volunteer At the end of June, I headed over to Lewis and Harris with Shorewatch coordinator, Katie Dyke, to carry out Shorewatches as part of the Outer Hebrides wildlife festival. I was immensely excited to head over as the Outer Hebrides is somewhere I had wanted to visit for a

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Spey Bay Memories

Thomas Plant was a residential volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre in 2011. In his #SpeyBayStory, he shares his memories of the wonderful sights and sounds of his time here.  At Spey Bay nature surrounds you It’s everywhere you look It was here, that I learnt about parachuting skylarks and Key rattling corn buntings In

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Searching for Whales in the Moray Firth

One of our Residential Volunteers at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, Michael Amos, had a wonderful time searching for Whales in May, here is the story of his experience.   When I heard there were Orcas hanging around Fraserburgh in May, I became determined to try and see them. The orcas were seen very close inshore

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Spey Bay Shingle beach

Spey Bay Stories

2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, and to celebrate the Scottish Dolphin Centre is collecting stories about Spey Bay from WDC volunteers, the local community and our visitors. Stories should be 150-300 words long, or could be in another form such as poetry, video, music, or anything creative! Submissions can be sent by email to

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Upcoming Events

Escape Captivity – Free the orca!

Date: 14th October 2022
Time: 10:30 am

A fun family event which involves a race against the clock to find the correct answers to the puzzles and rescue the orca from captivity. Each ticket is for a private activity for a maximum of 6 people . Price per group is £15.00. There will be sessions at 10:30am, 12pm & 2pm This activity

Escape Captivity – Free the orca!

Date: 21st October 2022
Time: 10:30 am

A fun family event which involves a race against the clock to find the correct answers to the puzzles and rescue the orca from captivity. Each ticket is for a private activity for a maximum of 6 people . Price per group is £15.00. There will be sessions at 10:30am, 12pm & 2pm This activity

Group Gardening Session

Date: 22nd October 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you love to garden? Or maybe you want to meet new people? Why not join WDC & Sweethome & Co. on Saturday 22nd of October for our next Group Gardening Session? It’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours with likeminded people and contribute to keeping the Centre looking fabulous! The session

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