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Shannon Dolphin Project

Welcome to the website of the Shannon Dolphin Project. The project started in 1993 when the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group started a photo-id project funded by Shannon Development. Since 2000 the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation was formed to pull together local stakeholders interested in the dolphins to develop and provide educational awareness and conservation of the Shannon dolphins and other wildlife in the region. Since 2017 the Shannon Dolphin Project is run through the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (

On this website you will find information on the bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary including their conservation management, ongoing research and monitoring and efforts to increase people's awareness of, and interest in, the Shannon dolphins which are a small, isolated and genetically discrete population.

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Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife CentreThe SDWF visitor centre and offices can be found in the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Merchants Quay, Kilrush, opposite Kilrush Marina. The centre is also the registered offices of the IWDG.

A range of interesting information and activities, including whale and dolphin skulls and skeletons and rubbing boards, goggle boxes and jigsaws can be found at the centre.

We endeavour to post any news or information of relevance to the Shannon dolphins on this site.

Research Assistants Required for 2019

The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation is seeking research assistants to conduct boat- and office-based bottlenose dolphin research and education May-September 2016 in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland. read more...
19 November 2018

Shannon dolphins under threat from Persistent Pollutants

The bottlenose dolphins living in the Shannon Estuary are the least contaminated in Europe, a new study has shown, but levels are still above the toxic threshold thought to impact on their health and reproduction. read more...
28 January 2016

SDWF write to Minister about pair trawling in the Shannon Estuary

The SDWF propose that no pelagic fishing should occur within the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation. read more...
12 January 2014


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