Shorewatch Training

Where: Deerness Community Centre

When: 11am Sunday 14 May

With: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Cost: Free

Booking required: Yes. Book here

Contact: Emma Steel - Email: [email protected]

Join an in person WDC Shorewatch training at Deerness Community Centre, for a deeper dive into the whales, dolphins and porpoises around Orkney and how to survey as a Shorewatch citizen science volunteer. We’ll cover how to identify different species, the Shorewatch survey method and what to expect as a volunteer (11am-1pm), followed by a trip out to The Gloup to put our Shorewatch skills into practice (1.30pm-2.30pm). For more information visit Shorewatch


Smile and Wave 

Where: Stromness Town Hall        

When: 7:15pm for a 7.45pm start Sunday 14 May

With: West Side Cinema 

Cost: £5 / £3 student & Youngs Scot card

Booking required: No. Cash payment on the door.

Contact: West Side Cinema contact form

In the documentary ‘SMILE and WAVE’ the flow of the tide and memories of the past, in particular director Eva's father, are intertwined with the vulnerability of life and what remains when something is gone. Amongst the many treasures that Eva finds along the shore of Vesterålen, Norway, one in particular is the heart urchin. ‘It is magical and secretive, thinner than an eggshell and as vulnerable as you and me. In a universe of skeletons and waving barnacles emerges a story of a life’.

Director Eva Charlotte Nilsen will be attending our screening to give a Q & A after the film. Orkney Voices will read poetry and prose in response to the themes, and Douglas Montgomery will play the Hardanger Fiddle to compliment the evening.


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