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dolphin conservation trust


It is today. We're pleased to have on the show Alice Bussell from the Dolphin Conservation Trust. Tell us about the trust, Alice. Well, obviously its purpose is to protect dolphins in seas all around the world. It tries to raise people's awareness of the problems these marine creatures are suffering because of pollution and other threats. It started ten years ago, and it's one of the fastest-growing animal charities in the country, although it's still fairly small compared with the big players in animal protection. We're particularly proud of the work we do in education. Last year we visited a huge number of schools in different parts of the country going round to talk to children and young people aged from five to 18. In fact, about 35% of our members are children. The charity uses its money to support campaigns, for example, for changes in fishing policy and so forth. It hopes soon to be able to employ its first full-time biologist with dolphin expertise to monitor populations. Of course, many people give their services on a voluntary basis, and we now have volunteers working in observation, office work and other things. I should also tell you about the award we won from the charity commission last year for our work in education. Although it's not meant an enormous amount of money for us, it has made our activities even more widely publicized and understood. In the long term, it may not bring in extra members, but we're hoping it'll have this effect. Is it possible to see dolphins in UK waters? Yes, in several locations, and we have a big project in the east part of Scotland. This has long been a haven for dolphins because it has very little shipping. However, that may be about to change soon because oil companies want to increase exploration there. We're campaigning against this because although there'll be little pollution from oil, exploration creates a lot of underwater noise. It means the dolphins can't rest and socialize. This is how I became interested in dolphin conservation in the first place. I had never seen one, and I hadn't been particularly interested in them at school. Then I came across this story about a family of dolphins who had to leave their home in the Moray Firth because of the oil companies, and about a child who campaigned to save them. I couldn't put the book down. I was hooked. Before you hear the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 16 to 20. I'm sure our listeners will want to find out what they can do to help. You mentioned the Adopt a Dolphin scheme. Can you tell us about that? Of course. People can choose one of our dolphins to sponsor. They receive a picture of it and news updates. I'd like to tell you about four which are currently being adopted by our members Moondancer, Echo, Kiwi and Samsung. Unfortunately, Echo is being rather elusive this year and hasn't yet been cited by our observers, but we remain optimistic that he'll be out there soon. All the others have been out in force. Samson and Moon Dancer are often photographed together, but it's Kiwi who's our real character, as she seems to love coming up close for the cameras, and we've captured her on film hundreds of times. They all have their personalities. Moon Dancer is very elegant and curves out and into the water very smoothly, whereas Samson has a lot of energy. He's always leaping out of the water with great vigour. You'd probably expect him to be the youngest. He's not quite that Kiwi, but Samson's the latest of our dolphins, to be chosen for the scheme. Kiwi makes a lot of noise, so we can often pick her out straight away. Echo and Moon Dancer are noisy too, but Moondance is easy to find because she has a particularly large fin on her back, which makes her easy to identify. So, yes, they're all very different. Well, they sound like a fascinating group. And how would you go about it?

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dolphin conservation trust






What is the purpose of the Dolphin Conservation Trust?
Protect dolphins

How long ago did the trust start?
Ten years ago

What age group does the trust target in their education programs?
5 to 18 years

What kind of campaigns does the charity support?
Fishing policy changes

What award did the charity win for its work in education?
Charity commission award

Where is the big project of the Dolphin Conservation Trust located?
East part of Scotland

Why is the trust campaigning against oil exploration in that area?
Underwater noise affects dolphins

Where is the big project of the Dolphin Conservation Trust located?
East Scotland

What can people do to help the Dolphin Conservation Trust?
Adopt a dolphin

Which dolphin among Moondancer, Echo, Kiwi, and Samsung is being elusive?

Marine creatures - (noun) living organisms that inhabit the sea or ocean.
Example: Whales, dolphins, and fish are all marine creatures.

Charities - (noun) organizations that aim to help and support a particular cause or group of people.
Example: The Red Cross and Oxfam are well-known charities.

Awareness - (noun) knowledge or understanding of a particular issue or situation.
Example: The campaign raised awareness about the importance of recycling.

Voluntary - (adjective) done, given, or acting willingly without payment or obligation.
Example: She dedicates her free time to voluntary work at a local shelter.

Population - (noun) all the inhabitants of a particular species in a specific area or region.
Example: The population of lions in that national park has been steadily decreasing.

Campaigning - (verb) taking action to promote or advocate for a particular cause or issue.
Example: The environmental activists are campaigning for stricter pollution regulations.

Conservation - (noun) the act of protecting and preserving the natural environment and its resources.
Example: The conservation of endangered species is crucial for maintaining biodiversity.

Elusive - (adjective) difficult to find, catch, or remember.
Example: The rare bird species proved elusive for birdwatchers to spot.

Sponsor - (verb) to provide financial support or assistance to an individual, organization, or event.
Example: The company decided to sponsor the local youth soccer team.

Identify - (verb) to recognize or establish the identity of someone or something.
Example: The detective used fingerprints to identify the suspect.

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