Macdonald welcomes Dolphinwatch success
In the third year that the attraction has been running, Dolphinwatch has trebled visitor numbers from 1,668 in 2014 to 5,038 this summer.
Lewis Macdonald said today:
“Dolphinwatch has been a tremendous success for RSPB Scotland and for Aberdeen, and shows that a busy harbour can operate side by side with marine mammals.
“When I visited Dolphinwatch earlier this summer, I was joined by visitors from all over the UK and even from overseas. Like most visitors this year I was lucky enough to catch sight of a few dolphins!
“RSPB Scotland is to be commended for promoting wildlife tourism in the North East, and I am sure that Dolphinwatch will continue to be a popular tourist attraction for many more summers to come.”
Text of parliamentary motion submitted by Lewis reads :
That the parliament congratulates RSPB Scotland on the success of this year’s Dolphinwatch at Torry Battery in Aberdeen; recognises that this is the third year RSPB Scotland have run the attraction and that visitor numbers have trebled since last summer, from 1,668 to 5,038 in 2015; notes that visitors saw dolphins on 95% of the days that Dolphinwatch was operating, as well as a variety of seabirds, seals and otters; commends RSPB Scotland on its initiative in showcasing the best the North East has to offer in wildlife tourism, and looks forward to similar successes next summer and for many more years to come.