Spot whales and dolphins at Heysham Port

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Heysham will be one of four locations across the north west to to take part in National Whale and Dolphin Watch this month.

The North West Wildlife Trusts are linking up with the Sea Watch Foundation across the region giving people the oppertunity to see dolphins and porpoises in their natural enviroment, Emily Baxter, marine conservation officer for the North West Wildlife Trusts, will be holding watches, which are free for anyone to join, at Heysham Port’s north harbour wall on July 27 and August 10.

Along with the trainee marine officers from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, she will be explaining to all who come along how to tell a dolphin from a porpoise and how to collect watch data.

Full details of times and locations are available at www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

Last year harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins were seen in various places up and down the north west coast throughout the summer. Please take binoculars if you have them, and make sure you are wearing appropriate outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear for the coast and the weather in the north west!

The results from the watch will be collated with other watch data from around the country by the marine research and conservation charity, the Sea Watch Foundation, to create a picture of the dolphin and whale species in our seas this summer.

You will be able to follow watch events and sightings on twitter using #NationalWhaleandDolphinWatch and #SeaWatch.