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Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre open for summer 2015!

The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre is open for visitors from May until mid-September 2015! We are open every day between 10 am and 6 pm and admission is free.

The Shannon Estuary in Ireland is home to the only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins which comprises about 140 individuals. Our researchers at the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation carry out photo-identification of the bottlenose dolphins to gain valuable information about individual dolphins living in the population. Not only can pictures help to identify previously recorded animals but they also allow estimates of the bottlenose dolphin population to be made. Changes within the population can be monitored and reasons for changes investigated. We also carry out acoustic monitoring of the dolphins and their surrounding environment with underwater microphones called hydrophones. A PhD student from GMIT, Galway is currently investigating the life history, social and foraging behaviour of this resident bottlenose dolphin population for the first time.

Visit us for guided tours of our dolphin centre, and learn about the valuable research we do on the Shannon Estuary bottlenose dolphin population! Find out about the different whale and dolphin species living in Irish waters and study some real skeletons of common and rare species. Listen to dolphin sounds and watch a movie about our research. Explore our cabinet filled with interesting specimens of all kinds. Kids can explore our goggle boxes and rubbing boards or try to solve the giant jigsaw!

Visit us at our SDWF events throughout the summer:

19 June 2015 - Pub Quiz and Raffle
9:30 pm / Hickie’s Bar, Kilkee

08 July 2015 - Kids Fun Day
All day / Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Merchants Quay, Kilrush

03 August 2015 - Cake Sale
All day / Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Merchants Quay, Kilrush

15 August 2015 - Family Fun Day
All day / Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Merchants Quay, Kilrush

04 September 2015 - Pub Quiz and Raffle
9:30 pm / The Haven Arms, Kilrush

You can also find us at various national events throughout the summer:

17 May 2015 - Clare Environmental Network Fair
All day / Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

05-07 June 2015 - Ballybunion Wild Atlantic Seaweed Festival
06 June 2015 / 6pm-7pm / Presentation on the Shannon Dolphins
07 June 2015 / 1pm-2pm / Cliff-Top Dolphin Watch

05 July 2015 - Summer Craft Fair & Plant Sale
All day / Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush

02 August 2015 - Lúnasa Art & Craft Fair with Plant Sale
All day / Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush

23 August 2015 - Whale Watch Ireland
All day / Loop Head Lighthouse, Co. Clare
All day / Vico Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin

13 September 2015 - Autumn Art & Craft Fair with Plant Sale
All day / Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush

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We look forward to seeing you soon!!

 


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