Let me introduce myself. My name is Harvey, and I have taken on the role of Canine Research Assistant’s Assistant on the WDCS field survey off the north-west coast of Scotland.
It’s my first time this far north and I already want to come back! Not only are there sheeps galore on the craggy hills around us, the big open ocean (apparently called ‘the Minch’) is full of lovely looking sea ducks.. yum yum!
Today was my first official training day undertaken by Kila, WDCS Canine Research Assistant (and coincidentally the hottest dog around!) and what a day it was! There has also been lots of sunshine and no wind at all, and I’m told that’s why we were able to identify so many rafting sea birds on the water and lots and lots of Phoceona phoceona (ahem, that’s porpoises to you lay persons!).
As part of my official training I have had to be outside in the sunshine all day staring out to sea and reporting every encounter I have. Encounters of cetaceans (that’s whales, dolphins and, erm, what was it again, oh yes that’s right, porpoises) are recorded for the humans, and in addition Kila also likes to keep a tally of all the sheep around us and those tasty looking sea-ducks, and I have no problem with helping her out with that very important job indeed!
I’m planning on working hard and learning fast because I think I’m onto a winner here – I’ve got a great boss and our first field day has been a feast of porpoises, mewing buzzards, tasty ducks and sheep - and the odd chewy treat – we need to keep our energy levels up you understand!