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Our Green Story

By Alison Rose, Scottish Dolphin Centre Manager  The Scottish Dolphin Centre is managed by marine charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), and is situated in a stunningly beautiful location at the mouth of the river Spey in Moray, Scotland. Visitors can spot wild bottlenose dolphins, osprey and seals, and discover more about these amazing creatures

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Autumnal trees beside the River Spey

Reflections on Autumnal volunteering

By Jamie McDermaid I have spent the last 7 weeks with my fellow residential volunteer Ailish at the Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay, and it has really raced by. It’s been a really fun experience but also an incredibly enlightening one. I’ve learnt so much more about whales, dolphins, and their conservation, and have

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Pine marten looking at camera

A Scottish wildlife adventure

By Jamie McDermaid, Scottish Dolphin Centre volunteer and photographer Being a residential volunteer at Spey Bay has been a wonderful experience for many reasons: the people, the visitors, living by the sea, the mountain views, the sunsets over the river, the Northern Lights… But one thing has captivated me above all else – the wildlife.

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Reflecting on a summer at Spey Bay

By Maddie Cayley one of our 2022 residential Volunteers Driving north to join the team at the Scottish Dolphin Centre back in May was a surreal experience. Spey Bay had been, until that point, a hazy memory for me. I had visited the centre once when I was small in the hopes of seeing my

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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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