In March the Roadshow spent a day at South Devon College, as part of UK's National Science Week 2016, where we featured the Sperm Whale, Orca, baby Blue Whale, Dolphins and a Seal, and we focused on how marine wildlife uses sound underwater to communicate and find food. It was great fun and a different kind of learning experience. A few weeks later the roadshow was at a school in Italy, where we featured Penguins, Hammerhead Shark and a Striped Dolphin, and helped the pupils create some creature installations....3 days of fun and learning.
At ExCel in London, working with WhaleFest and Incredible Oceans, we created an amazing stand, featuring a range of marine wildlife species, artefacts, a focus on ghost nets, lots of wandering mermaids and guides full of info. It was fantastic, and our stand attracted over 14000 from the total show attendence of 50000 over 4 days
For some comments on the stand and our presence at the show , and more photos, see following:-
For past few years The Whale Workshop has made pairs of Seals for ngos and individuals to use in their conservation projects and educational outreaches, in UK and elsewhere.
Back across the Irish Sea and cross country for a week long Marine Wildlife Roadshow at Souter Lighthouse in Tyne & Wear, working with The National Trust, then back across country to Merseyside for a one-day roadshow working with Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership. !500 miles over 4 weeks and 1000s of visitors, plus lots of new items found to add to the beach finds tabletop display, and new contacts made for future roadshows
A return visit to Portsmouth International Ferry Port, working with ORCA to launch their Ocean Watch Project for passengers on Brittany Ferries, then off to Northern Ireland. Here we worked with The Loughs Agency and Ulster Wildlife as part of their Marine Week 2015, in Derry for the Taste of the Foyle seafood festival, and in Newry at the busy Quays Shopping Centre.
June saw the Roadshow off to Oxford Festival of Nature, for the Wild Fair at the magnificent Oxford Universities Museum of Natural History. Over 4000 people passed through the Museum on this Saturday, and there were lots of extra activities and info stands, all organised by Berks Bucks & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, as well as the permanent collection of artefacts housed within the museum. A quick set up and limited floor space was no problem, and we were pleased to be part of this great day
At The Brighton Centre, over a weekend in March, thousands came to listen, discuss, debate and engage with experts during Whalefest 2015. Two days packed with great speakers, lots of opportunities to discover the best places to see whales and other marine wildlife, and a chance to be part of a worldwide movement to end captivity for Whales and Dolphins.
In February, at Portsmouth International Ferry Port, in a 10m x 12m area in the passenger terminal, we created a Marine Wildlife Zone. Working with ORCAWeb, the Port, and Brittany Ferries, we provided 4 days of interactive learning for visiting school groups, and lots of info on the marine wildlife that might be seen from the ferries out of Portsmouth.
In between roadshows, The Whale Workshop has produced 12 Marine Wildlife models during 2013 -14. These include Bottlenose Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Porpoise, Grey Seal female and pup, Common Seal, Hawaiian Monk Seal female and pup, Mediterranean Monk Seal female and pup, and Basking Shark. They have been sent to IFAW in USA, Ulster Wildlife and Loughs Agency in Northern Ireland, MCS in Scotland, and a lady in Hawaii who is campaigning hard to raise the profile of the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
This photo album features roadshows in Scotland for "Celebrating Scotland's Sharks", working with The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, in Newcastle at 2014 North East Marine Wildlife Festival at Great North ( Hancock ) Museum, in Northern Ireland working with Loughs Agency and Ulster Wildlife for their Marine Weeks, in Scotland again working with Stirling International Angling Festival, and back to Northern Ireland for "Into the Deep" marine festival at Titanic Belfast