Social Seawatch – 9th April 2024, Seaview Garden, Souter Lighthouse

As part of the SeaScapes’ Coastal Partnership Event join us for Social Seawatch.

The Durham Wildlife Trust will be leading 2-hour Social Seawatch. Cetaceans are a common sight in UK waters, with regular sightings of minke whales, harbour porpoise, white beaked dolphins and even humpback whales, off the North East coastline. Despite this, cetaceans face numerous threats from human activities. If we are to further the protection of cetaceans in our waters then more information on their numbers and locations is required. Join us to learn all about the cetaceans that visit our coastline, and then help us learn even more about them and their behaviour by doing a SeaWatch survey. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see some Bottlenose dolphins swimming, feeding and playing in the water.  

SeaScapes is presenting a 2-day celebration of the coast Tyne to Tees. The aim of this event is to bring communities together to learn and access their coastline at South Shields and Whitburn. This is an all-age event with a range of activities including nest trail, games, crafts, sports, nature walks and interactive presentation promoting stall holders’ project. This is a partnership event including SeaScapes internal partners National Trust, Durham Wildlife Trust and Newcastle University; and external partners Stronger Shores, COAST South Shields and COAST Sunderland.

All set on the backdrop of Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. This is a free event. Please feel free to participate in as much or little as you would like. This activity will be taking place outdoors. Please ensure that you have warm & dry clothing and suitable footwear.

Other activities happening during the day include:

  • 10:00 Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre Opens – find inside stall holders, games, crafts and wave tank
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Family Wildlife Walk and Talk (please at Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Litter pick on The Leas (please at Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre)
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Food Chain Tag (please meet in Foghorn Field)
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Sports games (please meet in Foghorn Field)
  • 13:10 – 13:55 Food Chain Tag (please meet in Foghorn Field)
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Bird Walk (please at Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre)
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Sport games (please meet in Foghorn Field)
  • 16:00 Whitburn Coastal Conservation Centre closes

Souter Lighthouse is open but not part of this event and charges will apply to enter the Lighthouse. Café and toilets are available. Parking charges apply.

Event Details

Date: 9th April 2024

Cost: FREE

Seaview Garden

Souter Lighthouse
Coast Road

Parking charges apply

Time: 13:00 - 15:00