Strandings Network Members Meeting


Stranding Network Members, join us to discuss cetacean stranding trends over the last few years, and what we have seen so far this year in 2023.

In addition, we will be hearing from Mags Daly who will be discussing results from year one of our Deep Diving and Rare Species Investigation Programme (DDRIP), and Gemma O’Connor who will be talking to us about live stranding events from this year.

As the National Parks and Wildlife Service have requested IWDG include sea turtles as part of our remit, we are also delighted to have Dr. Tom Doyle from UCC come talk to us about his work with sea turtles, and what data he hopes to have collected by our volunteers.

Lorenzo de Bonis has also kindly agreed to speak to us about his PhD work using samples collected by all of you on the Stranding Network and Dave Wall will also discuss how your samples have been used in research.

This is also just a great opportunity to catch up with everyone, and meet those new to the network ! We look forward to seeing you there !

(FYI the canteen will be open to purchase food, but it may be best to bring your own as there are other events on and it could be busy).

Stephanie Levesque,

IWDG Stranding Officer

Date: Sat 18th November
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry

What is the IWDG Strandings Network?

Our Strandings Network is a network of IWDG members based around the country that we can contact to assist at both live cetacean strandings and with examining the carcasses of any dead cetaceans that are reported to the IWDG (recording basic information, taking some photographs and perhaps small skin samples for the Irish Cetacean Genetic Tissue Bank). For live strandings, participants can take part on one of our strandings courses, which will be announced in early 2024. If you would like to join the IWDG Stranding Network please contact Gemma @