Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology.
The CRRU is a small, non profit research organisation dedicated to the understanding, welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Scottish waters through scientific investigation, environmental education and the provision of professional veterinary assistance to sick, stranded and injured individuals.
In co-operation with universities, research institutions and international environmental agencies, principal studies focus on the coastal cetaceans frequenting the Moray Firth, providing baseline scientific data for the adoption of long-term management measures and conservation strategies for their protection.
Conducting advanced training courses in marine wildlife rescue, the CRRU also operates the only specialist response team in Scotland for live-stranded whales and dolphins. The fully-equipped team (scientists, veterinarians and qualified volunteers) are skilled and experienced to act and advise at the scene of a stranding with first aid, veterinary treatment and re-floatation procedures as required.
Costs & Benefits
Counting animals, recording behaviour, determining geographical positions and taking photographs under scientific supervision. On shore, identifying animals, cataloguing slides, and inputting data into the computers.
£895 for 11 days including all food, accommodation and field equipment (clothing) and supplies. Researchers and volunteers will be accommodated together in 1 of 2 furnished houses.
Commitment to wildlife conservation and positive attitude towards living and working in a small group of enthusiastic people from different backgrounds and cultures is essential. Volunteers aged 17 - 65 years old.
Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit PO Box 11307,
Banff AB45 3WB, Scotland UK
Tel: ++44 (1261) 851 696
Average cost per day:£80
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old