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.
We are running a 2-day seaweed foraging and cooking workshop on Islay over the weekend of 8th and 9th April in conjunction with Slate Islands Seaweed. On Saturday we will start quite early (c.8.30-9 am) to fit with the tides, locations to be finalised, and we will organise a car share. You will learn seaweed identification and foraging techniques and then do some cooking at lunch time - finishing after lunch. Charge £20
Sunday will be a later start! We will concentrate our foraging around Port Charlotte, this will be a less intensive event with basic identification and some cooking back at the centre. There will be up to 20 places available, children are welcome. Charge £10
If you're interested in coming along then please get in touch
Mini-Wildlife Adventures - (in conjunction with Islay and Jura Toy Library) - Thursday afternoons 2pm
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
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23rd 2017
Ed Burrell - Islay's Greenland White-Fronted Geese: Family Connections and Awesome Journeys
Our next talk is about a species that travels, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have been intensively studying the Greenland White-fronted goose that spends its winters on the island. It travels north to Greenland to breed, radio tracking of birds within family units has provided an intimate insight into their movements on Islay and their immense journey's twice a year. Ed Burrell will be telling us all about this lovely goose
Evening Talks are held in the Centre at Port Charlotte and start at 7.30pm.
£3.50 Admission (£1 for members) which includes tea and light refreshments.
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, and a discounted admission 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