The grant from the Royal Society for Wildlife Trusts’ Marine Fighting Fund will allow surveys to be taken twice a week for the next 12 months along the Northumberland coast.
The survey is important as it will help to determine the status of white beaked dolphin and other cetaceans in the Northumberland part of the North Sea. It is being run along with the North East Cetacean Project.
Steve Lowe, Head of Conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “ This grant is critical to help us undertake a survey for a species for which it is thought the North Sea off the coast of Northumberland may be critical. It’s great to be working with volunteer enthusiasts, in all weathers, to amass this information.”