The internet has brought great advantages for any body interested in wildlife particularly in their natural habitat. For whale watchers it’s especially true, for anyone who isn’t lucky enough to be located in an area where whales are visible, you’d have to restrict your viewing to weekend trips away and holidays.
But the internet now gives you access to a whole plethora of resources, which we plan to put here.
For the nature lover this is a wonderful resource. Not only is the website packed with information and up to date news on all areas of the environment, but they also produce some of the best documentaries in the world. The BBC is particularly important and home to my favorite ever natural world broadcaster – Sir David Attenborough.
Unfortunately the programme section of the BBC website which is called BBC iPlayer is only accessible for residents of the United Kingdom. However using the links below you can gain access to all of the British TV sites by using various technologies to hide your real location.
Resources for Accessing BBC iPlayer Abroad
Using an iPlayer Proxy – http://iplayerusa.org/index.php/proxy-to-access-bbc-iplayer-abroad/, this post demonstrates how you can hide your real IP address and watch the BBC anywhere. There’s an interesting video which also shows how it works.
Anonymous Proxies – Watching BBC iPlayer Abroad http://www.anonymous-proxies.org/2009/02/using-iplayer-abroad-viewing-bbc-via.html : a very old post which is on a security blog. The software is demonstrated and if you look in the comments you’ll see lots of questions which are normally answered by the author of the post.
Watch BBC in Spain – http://www.iplayerabroad.com/bbciplayer-in-spain-uk-proxy/ : although the title of this page states it’s for use in Spain, it actually doesn’t really matter where you are. The proxy location is the IP address that the website sees, so if the proxy is based in the UK then so will you. I like the video on this page and it also has a discount code for the software demonstrated.
British TV Online – http://www.uktv-online.com/, although the BBC is by far the best resource for nature lovers there’s much more on the other British TV stations too. ITV is the second biggest site and you can access the channels here – https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/, but it’s also worth looking at Channels 4 and 5 which often have some good documentaries as well.
Frustrated missing out on the premium version of Netflix after the media giants crackdown on proxies and VPNs. There’s hope read this article – Netflix VPN block.
One of the very best locations worldwide to watch Whales is on the South Coast of Ireland around the County of Cork, in fact there’s a whole tourism industry grown up about it. To access and watch local events you should monitor a few web sites, http://www.whalewatchwestcork.com/ has loads of information and is regularly updated – including a latest sightings section. To access more general information and news, keep an eye on local TV and radio broadcasts from people like RTE and TV3 – you will need an Irish proxy to access some of the material but it’s worth it for up to date information and news on whale spotting.