We are proud and excited to announce that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)  Scientific Research Programme won the Sustainable Development Award, one of ten Nature of Scotland awards. The award, from the RSPB, co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage,was given last Thursday.

The Nature of Scotland awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in Scotland, and state their decision for the Sustainable Development Award on the RSPB website as follows:

“Believed to be the largest environmental research programme of its kind and hosted at Vattenfall’s Aberdeen Windfarm, the €3million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will help inform future development in the sector and help strengthen Scotland’s international lead in wind farm research and innovation.”

And we are proud, because we – SMRU Consulting in cooperation with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St. Andrews – are part of the EOWDC research programme. The programme supports our study lead by Prof Philip Hammond from SMRU, conducting photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Tay Estuary and adjacent areas. Based on the ability to identify individual animals from photographs of the scratches, nicks and notches on their dorsal fins, investigations are conducted to improve the understanding of ranging patterns of the bottlenose dolphin population inhabiting the east coast of Scotland. The resulting data will be integrated with data from intensive sampling in the Moray Firth, through ongoing collaboration with Prof Paul Thompson from the University of Aberdeen Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty.

Have a look at this Vattenfall website and don’t miss watching Dr Monica Arso in the video, where she explains our project in further detail.