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Searching for Orca in Scotland

PING! Normally your phone going off before 8am on your day off would be a cause for irritation but there is only one group in my phone that makes that noise, and it can only mean one thing…… ORCA! But where are they? Fraserburgh the message says, that’s an hour and a half away, so

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Shorewatch trip to Skye

By WDC Volunteer Abi As part of the Shorewatch programme, we visit the Shorewatch sites that are scattered across Scotland to help our community volunteers by providing them with support and some company while doing surveys. I was lucky enough to go with the Katie, our Shorewatch Officer, on a trip to the isle of

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Otter at the River Spey

An Otter Encounter

By Jess Turley, Residential Volunteer and Guide at the Scottish Dolphin Centre Having arrived at the centre in the middle of the snow we had in March, I was keen to get out and start exploring the local area. As the snow had limited getting out on the roads, I decided to focus my search

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Common Frog

Top 5 Things You Can See in Spring at Spey Bay 

Ospreys 🦅 Ospreys start arriving at Spey Bay in late March or April, after an incredible journey of up to 5,000km from their winter home in West Africa. They come here to foster a new generation of chicks – between 250 and 300 pairs are thought to be breeding across the whole of Scotland. Ospreys

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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 months 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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Upcoming Events

Early Morning Wildlife Photography Walk

Date: 23rd June 2023
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us for an early morning wander around Spey Bay with your camera. Otters are often seen earlier in the morning and there is a wide range of other wildlife to see in the area including Osprey, Seals and many types of birds and insects. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and kids tickets are £2.50.

Nature Champions

Date: 5th July 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Scottish Dolphin Centre

Come and join us at the Scottish Dolphin Centre for a fun filled children’s holiday club aimed at 6 – 9 year olds. Each session will have a range of games and activities with a different conservation or nature theme. Meet in the Scottish Dolphin Centre Education Room, or come to the shop and our

Otter & Osprey walk

Date: 11th July 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Summer is here and the Osprey are well and truly back in Spey Bay! Come and join us for a wildlife walk along the river and find out more about these amazing creatures. Tuesday 11th July 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, kids go free. All tickets MUST be booked in advance. The

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