Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins and it’s particularly special because we can watch them from land. Through Dolphinwatch, we’ve been working in partnership since 2013 to help people get closer to the amazing marine wildlife found near Aberdeen and help inspire them to take action to protect it.

Obviously wild dolphins don’t arrive to a schedule, but so far the team have seen them on every day they have been on site this year and are hoping for a glorious summer of dolphin watching with special family events throughout the holidays too. Dolphinwatch Visitor Experience Officer Emily Burton tells us more.

What we've been up to at Dolphinwatch 2019

This is the seventh year that RSPB Scotland has run Dolphinwatch in Aberdeen in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Thanks to funding from ScottishPower Foundation and the National Lottery Heritage Fund we were able to massively expand our activities from last year introducing a school’s programme and running Aberdeen’s first-ever Dolphin Festival in April. But with the school term now over and plans for DolphinFest 2020 (made possible thanks to funding from the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Fund) moving along in the background, our focus has returned to where it all began back in 2013 – Dolphinwatch viewing.

We are now mid-way through the seventh summer season spent showcasing the frequent presence of bottlenose dolphins in Aberdeen harbour. With a small information stall, binoculars, activities and a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, we set up each Thursday to Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm in the Torry Battery car park.