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 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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Upcoming Events

Nature Champions

Date: 25-07-24
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: WDC's 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 staff will tell you where to go!

Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Each child needs their own tickets, which can purchased through Eventbrite, but adults don’t need to book.

For more information please ring 01343 820339.

Kids River Ramble

Date: 29-07-24
Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join us on a slower paced wildlife walk aimed at kids. Try and spot all the creatures on the activity sheet!

Every Monday in July from 10:30am to 11:15 am.

No need to book, just arrive 10 minutes before the start of the walk and pay at the shop till. £1 per child, adults go free! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This activity is weather dependant and may not run if the weather is poor.

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Storytelling session of Gigantic

Date: 30-07-24
Time: 11:15 am
Join us for a free Storytelling Session of the amazing Gigantic! Followed by some colouring in.

Meet Gigantic, the smallest blue whale in the Atlantic. A swimmingly good story about little fins and big hearts from bestselling author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph.

No booking required, children must be accompanied by an adult.
11:15am start.


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