North East Cetacean Project

The North East Cetacean Project (NECP) started with the aim of generating up-to-date information on the status of cetaceans off the Northumberland coastline. The project has now expanded to include the whole North Sea and its coastal areas.

We are particularly interested in the White-beaked Dolphin, a cold water species which is threatened with warming sea temperatures brought about through climate change. The cold, deep waters of the North Sea are suspected to be an important area for this dolphin species, but current data is lacking. Other important species regularly recorded off the North East cost include Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Minke Whale, whilst rarer species recorded have included Pilot Whale, Common Dolphin and Humpback Whale.

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Thanks initially to funding from Natural England and the Tyneside Bird Club a winter survey of the Farne Deeps and surrounding waters for White-beaked Dolphins and other marine animals was undertaken and a report compiled with historic sightings information.

Research work continues to develop and is coordinated by Martin Kitching, the MARINElife Regional Officer for the North East. The project continues to grow and has extended into Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk. We have developed partnerships with a range of organisations including the local Wildlife Trusts. 

We urgently need your help to continue collecting sightings through a postcard scheme and dedicated website.

To record sightings for the NECP project please click here to download the Sightings Postcard pdf.

Click here access the North East Cetacean Project website and report your sightings.

To access the latest North East cetacean sightings, click here.

A report of the project is available.