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Angus Cetacean Awareness Project

A.C.A.P is a cetacean survey and data collection project in Angus waters and along the coastline. The purpose of the project is to learn more about cetacean presence in the Waters off Angus and to report this information to the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership and bodies like the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. It will be a 2/3 yr or possibly ongoing data collecting exercise.

Biodiversity reporting

Cetacean life in Angus waters is little understood although locally and nationally priority cetacean species inhabit its waters. The Tayside Biodiversity Partnership look for projects which can feed data into the Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) supporting the planning, monitoring and reporting requirements of national and local Biodiversity Action Plans.

Tayside Biodiversity - Priority Species

  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • Minke Whale

We know that all of the Tayside priority species have been seen in the waters surrounding Angus but no real data exists about presence, species numbers and sightings frequency. Some Scottish priority species such as killer whale, common porpoise and common dolphin are found in Angus waters but to what extent we do not know.

This project proposes collecting new land based observation data, boat based data and strandings records and and collating this existing data into part of a larger collection.

Data is being collected through the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society’s “Shorewatch” recording system but you can report sightings by submitting information on the sightings page.

  • Background
  • Sightings recording page
  • Map of sightings
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