Visitors to RSPB Dolphinwatch this spring and summer are being encouraged to share their experiences on social media to help showcase Aberdeen's amazing dolphins.
From today [14 April], and for the first time ever, there is a dedicated tab on the RSPBNorthEastScotland facebook page where visitors are being invited to 'share their Dolphinwatch stories' and favourite moments. This differs from normal ways of posting on Facebook pages in that there is an area devoted solely to visitor's stories, experiences and photographs and where everyone's Dolphinwatch memories can be displayed in one place.
When people visit the page from a desktop or laptop computer they will now be able to click on the share your story tab and add their story. People will be invited to upload their image along with a 500-word or less description of their story and be asked a few questions like when the picture was taken and whether they consider themselves a regular Dolphinwatcher or a first-time visitor. Existing stories from other visitors will be published on the same tab. RSPB Scotland hopes that this will allow potential visitors to get a feel of what to expect from a visit and for folk further away to get a glimpse of the must-see wildlife spectacle that draws visitors to Torry Battery each year.
Sally Tapp is one of RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch People Engagement Officers. She said: "We are really excited about this development. Our facebook page shares news about all our work, reserves and events across NE Scotland along with plenty of our Dolphinwatch best bits. However, before today the only way visitors could share their experiences was by posting on our page and us re-sharing. Now there is a whole part of the page dedicated to visitor's stories and photos, so it will make it much easier. We hope that people will share their experiences with us to help showcase what a fabulous place Aberdeen is for seeing dolphins. We say it all the time, but now you won't have to take just our word for it!"
Despite the poor weather so far, nearly 400 people have visited Dolphinwatch over the first two weeks and they haven't been disappointed by the views. The dolphins have been giving regular acrobatic performances - leaping, jumping and bow-riding on the ships coming in and out of the harbour - giving staff, volunteers and visitors plenty to ooh and ahh about.
RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch team will be at Torry Battery from 11am-6pm on Thursday to Sunday every week, from now until 14 August. They will be equipped with binoculars and telescopes and plenty of enthusiasm and expertise to help visitors get the best experience possible. For more information call 01224 624824, email Dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk or find them on facebook and twitter.
Photographs are available, call 01224 627869.
1. Click here to see the Share your Dolphinwatch story tab https://www.facebook.com/RSPBNorthEastScotland/app/1548319191946611/
2. Click on the Share your Nature Story tab on facebook.com/RSPBLoveNature to see an example of one that has been running for a while.
3. Social Media accounts: www.facebook.com/RSPBNorthEastScotland or www.twitter.com/RSPB_NEScotland. #RSPBDolphinwatch
4. RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.