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Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation. The SDWF was established to develop and provide educational awareness and conservation of the Shannon dolphins and other wildlife in the region

On this website you will find information on the bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary including their conservation management, ongoing research and monitoring and efforts to increase people's awareness of, and interest in, the Shannon dolphins which are a small, isolated and genetically discrete population


Help us repaint the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre’s mural! Click the donate button to sponsor us now!

This May 2015 marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Shannon Dolphin Project. A series of talks, guided walks and other events will be organised throughout the summer

Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife CentreThe SDWF offices can be found in the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre in Kilrush, adjacent to Kilrush Creek Marina.

A range of interesting information and activities, including whale and dolphin skulls and skeletons and rubbing boards, goggle boxes and jigsaws can be found at the centre.

We endeavour to post any news or information of relevance to the Shannon dolphins on this site.

Research Assistants Required for 2014

The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation (SDWF) is seeking research assistants to conduct boat- and office-based bottlenose dolphin research in 2014 read more...
25 February 2014

SDWF write to Minister about pair trawling in the Shannon Estuary

The SDWF propose that no pelagic fishing should occur within the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation. read more...
12 January 2014

Shannon Dolphins on RTE Nationwide

RTE's Nationwide filmed a lovely piece on the Shannon dolphins this summer to celebrate 20 years of the Shannon Dolphin study. read more...
12 October 2013


Soundwaves Soundwaves is an exciting new project to transmit dolphin vocalisations from the Shannon estuary in real time via the Vodafone network. More info...

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VodafoneSpecial thanks to Vodafone for their generous support.

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