Helpers wanted to collect vital marine data

White beaked dolphins in Northumberland.
White beaked dolphins in Northumberland.

Organisations are coming together to help protect marine wildlife found off the North Sea coastline.

And they are on the look out for people to become marine detectives to help collect vital data.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust and MARINElife, the European marine conservation research charity, are joining forces to help protect wildlife in the North Sea.

In order to have a better understanding of marine mammals such as dolphins and whales and seabirds frequenting the North Sea, conservationists from the two organisations will shortly be identifying species as well as recording their distribution and behaviour.

Data can help monitor changes in populations, inform management decisions and contribute towards the appropriate designation of Marine Protected Areas, which will protect the key habitats for our migrant marine species.

Members of the public are invited to take part in a survey course on Saturday, September 14, at Cresswell Village Hall.

Places cost £30 or £25 for Northumberland Wildlife Trust members, and can be booked by emailing tricia.dendle@marine-life.org.uk