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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

 

" Yes, got another quiz answer !
So much good info on plastic packaging here on Plastics Corner, highlighting the issue of plastic pollution in the marine environment
A free upcycled shopping bag...brilliant, must take one
The amazing plastic rubbish Humpback Whale
Its picture time again, with that Minke Whale
MWDW table was always a focus
Jen from MWDW makes a camera phone video to upload to the facebook page, so people can see how buzzing the event was
Well done the excellent providers of tea and cakes for over 2000 visitors
...and well done this young fella for selling so many raffle tickets
Outside, still wintry weather, blue sky and rain, but better chance of seeing a whale maybe
Inside, nice and dry and lots of info to digest
And here is the Manx Marine Big Five
...and where to go to see them
Here a visitor shares his camera video footage of cetacean sightings, a vital part of building up the local knowledge
..."and this is mummy seal"

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