Welcome to Islay Natural History Trust
Both Trust members and visitors are also encouraged to leave records of their natural history sightings at the Centre - and you are invited to make entries on the INHT Blog which can also be accessed through a terminal in our well-stocked library of books and periodicals. Find us also on Facebook
Islay 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, a rare butterfly, a wealth of seashore life and much, much more.
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 Natural History 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.
Mini-Wildlife Adventures - (in conjunction with Islay and Jura Toy Library) - Thursday afternoons 2pm
**Summer Family Activity Programme in draft - watch this space!**
For a family-friendly map and more wildlife information for children and families please go to: Wildlife for Kids
Summer Walks are held each Sunday at 2pm.
Stout footwear and dress for the weather; sorry no dogs. The walk is just £4 per person or £10 per family (2 adults plus children), members of the Islay Natural History Trust £2. WALKS START AT 2pm
Full programme being finalised, but some advance info:
26th June: Castlehill - meeting point tbc
3rd July: Killinallan - meet at gate
10th July: Dun Nosebridge - meet at Humpback bridge
17th July: Ardnave - meet at parking area at the loch
24th July: Kilchiaran (Geology Walk) - meet at chapel gate
31st July: Currie Sands - meet at parking area at Claddach
7th August: Killinallan - meet at gate
14th August: Fungi Walk - location tbc
21st August: No walk - Kilchoman Gala Day
28th August: Giants Grave (Archaeology Walk) - meeting place tbc
4th September: Ardnave - meet at parking area at the loch
11th September: Fungi Walk - location tbc
18th September: 'Snowball Earth' (Geology Walk) - meet at Port Askaig car park
25th September: tbc
Evening Talks are held in the Centre at Port Charlotte and start at 7.30pm.
£3 Admission (£1 for members) which includes tea and light refreshments.
Advance Information - see relevant Ileach for details
21st June - Steve Wrightson - Freshwater fauna (POSTPONED)
July (date tbc) - Dave Maynard - Botswana
Our Natural History Centre Opening Hours are Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, May to September.
Your membership of the Trust will allow us to continue our work at the Centre. Members enjoy free access at all times, including to our talks and presentations which are held approximately once a month. Please help us by clicking on the secure PayPal link below or contact us for more details. Become a Member of the Trust. We appreciate your support.
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Islay Natural History Trust
The Natural History Centre
Port Charlotte, Islay, PA48 7TX
Registered Charity No. SC013713