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Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation. The SDWF was established in 2000 to develop and provide educational awareness and conservation of the Shannon dolphins and other wildlife in the region. Originally the Shannon Dolphin Project was initiated by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and in 2017 the IWDG have taken back ownership of this project, though SDWF will retain its identity.

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.

You can find us now on TripAdvisor, so have a look at our page and feel free to write a review if you have already visited us!

May 2017 marks the 24th Anniversary of the Shannon Dolphin Project. Visit us at the centre and at support local events throughout the summer!

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.

Shannon Dolphin Centre open for 2016!

The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre is open for visitors from May until mid-September 2016! read more...
16 May 2016

Research Assistants Required for 2016

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...
10 February 2016

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


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