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.
Centre Opening - 1 May 2017
We will be opening the Centre this year on Monday 1st May to the end of September, Monday - Fridays (10.30-4.30). We would be really grateful for any help over the Saturday before (29th) to get everything ready. If you have some time to spare please come along anytime from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.
Jobs to get done: clean windows, clean glass cabinets, scrub and mop floors; clean toilets; set out displays; securing front notice board and sign. Anyone who feels like sorting through our library and ensuring it is orderly? this is a job which would be good to get done.
Are you willing to help out as a volunteer at the centre anytime this summer? Or maybe you know of someone who would benefit from this work experience opportunity or just wants to help meeting visitors and showing them the local wildlife delights?
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 (June-September) 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
Our good friend Becky Williamson will be on Islay and will give us a talk on the landscape and wildlife of Dorset/Somerset, please look out for posters with more details, provisional date Tuesday 16th May.
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