Welcome to Islay Natural History Trust

INHT logo Copyright: Islay Natural History TrustIslay is perhaps best known for its wonderful all-year-round bird watching, for its tens of thousands of wintering geese, over 100 breeding species and spring and autumn migration. The island also enjoys fine displays of wild flowers, rare butterflies, a wealth of seashore life and some unique geology.

inht display Copyright: David WebsterThe Islay Natural History Trust runs the Nature Centre in Port Charlotte, Islay on the ground floor of an old whisky warehouse close to the beach where displays, exhibits and hands-on activities illustrate the island's natural history riches, from its underlying geology to its birds, butterflies, wild flowers and mammals.

The Trust also run a summer Walk Programme, an evening Talk Programme and a wide variety of Family Activities.

In the Centre are marine and fresh water aquariums and a touch tank where you can become closely acquainted with some of our local sea creatures. We have a large laboratory with a wide variety of hands-on activities suitable for all ages and a well-stocked library of books and periodicals.

You can browse through the 191,388 records of 3057 different species in our Biological Database. See the Records page for access to this database.

You are encouraged to leave records of your sightings at the Centre - and you are invited to make entries on the INHT Blog link

Find us also on Facebook link

The Trust publishes regular newsletters, one of which doubles as an annual report with a brief summary of the year's natural history, an account of the monthly evening talks at the Nature Centre, as well as the annual accounts. The Trust also publishes checklists of birds, butterflies and dragonflies, mammals and reptiles, and wild flowers, which are available free from the Centre.

Centre Now Open!inht front Copyright: David Webster
The Centre opened this year on Monday 1st May and will remain open to the end of September. Monday - Fridays (10.30-4.30).
Admission Charge £3.50, £2.50 Concession, Junior £2.00, Family Ticket £8. Tickets are valid for a week




Join the Islay Natural History Trust
Your membership of the Trust will allow us to continue our work at the Centre.  Members enjoy free access at all times, and a discounted admission to our talks and walks.  Please help us by clicking on the secure PayPal link below or contact us for more details.

You can also support our work by using Easyfundraising link when you purchase things online
easyfund Copyright: David Webster

Sites of Interest:
INHT Blog link
INHT Facebook Page link
Islay Birds link
Islay Info link

Islay Natural History Trust
The Natural History Centre
Port Charlotte, Islay, PA48 7TX
Registered Charity No. SC013713
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The work of Islay Natural History Trust is supported by Bruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd, The Botanist Foundation and the Mactaggart Trust
Bruichladdich Copyright: Malcolm OgilvieBotanist Copyright: Malcolm Ogilvie