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2018 Roadshows...Isle of Man for The Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Show

In February , Sat 10th & Sun 11th, we returned to the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea, to provide some life-sized marine wildlife models for the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Show.

see the MWDW website   http://www.mwdw.net/          

see the flyer on the  show   http://www.mwdw.net/manx-whale-and-dolphin-watch-show/          

and their facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/ManxWhaleandDolphinWatch/

This show was unbelievably well attended, with over 1000 people each day over the weekend show, over 2000 in total,  thats 2.5% of the island's population, a fantastic turn-out ! Well done the team at Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, all their volunteers, and the Manx public for responding. The Whale Workshop was very pleased to be part of this successful event. The Isle of Man is the latest signatory to the ASCOBANS agreement, and we featured lots of info on this important small cetacean conservation treaty.

This event is an excellent example of how to engage the public with their local wildlife scene, by

  • having a strong team of project leaders and some keen volunteers
  • having a strategy to raise awareness of and safeguard the wellbeing of the wildlife population
  • having a good plan for a public event, with lots of publicity, at the right venue and time of year, and keep it simple and achievable
  • following this public event with a school outreach, lots of online resources, and further opportunities for involvement as the year progresses.
  • keeping the public informed, engaged, involved, and they will become proud of their wildlife heritage and protect it

The Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch team have ticked all the boxes with this event, and can only gain in strength through the massive public response this event produced.

The Whale Workshop was pleased to return to this Island to be part of this effort, and we say well done to all who were involved

Click on pictures below to enlarge

 

A dolphin's eye view of it all
Give the whale a hug before we leave
Tom of MWDW points out how "small" the Minke Whale is compared to other baleen Whales
...and the baby Minke is pretty "big" as well, relatively speaking
Visitors signing up at the MWDW table, keen to be part of the Island-wide sighting network, helping to build an accurate picture of the Manx marine wildlife population
Nearly closing time, and still busy. Come back tomorrow, and some people did
Its Sunday morning, soon after opening, and lots of people getting to know the marine wildlife
Big Whale with Small Person
You cannot beat some colouring on a Sunday morning......
...followed by a mug of tea and some homemade cake....perfect
Extra signs were needed to help the Seals avoid too much attention, as they really do not like being sat on
Outside, its wintry weather with a cold wind and hail showers
Not much chance of spotting a whale right now
"keep still sister whilst I do the quiz sheet"
"We like Porpoises"

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