Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Centre open!
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Centre opens TODAY!
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) occupying 28 Main Street, Tobermory. Over this time, the space has changed significantly; from a Bakery to office spaces, from grass-roots interpretation to an interactive centre, championing the conservation of our whales and dolphins. The Centre is now an integral part of the Main Street landscape and offers not only a fantastic experience for visiting tourists, but also an opportunity for interested locals to connect with our regular events.
The Centre has certainly come a long way, and is proud - in its 20th year - to offer a whole host of events and activities for the local community. From After School Clubs throughout the winter, to our up and coming evening Science Talks which start on May 18th. Our evening talks are a great chance to learn about the wildlife of our Island every Thursday throughout the summer, as we welcome a new guest speaker each week. Daily activities such as our Whale Watch Workshops and exciting Bones Box are a great way for families to bond and learn about the amazing whales, dolphins and porpoises that live on our doorstep. The perfect activity to set you up for an adventure in the great outdoors.
HWDT has been advancing the understanding of local whale, dolphin and porpoise populations for nearly 25 years. The Trust collects visual and acoustic data from aboard our research vessel Silurian, surveying the length and breadth of the Hebrides during monitoring expeditions lasting 7 – 12 days. HWDT is not a campaigning organisation, rather we analyse our data and disseminate the results to the wider public.
HWDT encourages members of the public to report their sightings, contributing to the base line data now held on cetacean occurrence in the area. If you spot a whale, dolphin, porpoise or basking shark, please report it to the Trust, either online HERE or by popping into the Centre.
Another core activity is outreach and engagement; encouraging stewardship of the local environment and providing opportunities for children and adults to learn and develop their skills. During two weeks of the field season, Silurian becomes a floating classroom and welcomes aboard school children to participate in a range of fun activities – this April, the Trust is visiting island schools on Skye. Classroom visits are also undertaken, with our Engagement team visiting locations all over the west coast.
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Centre is the perfect place to find out more; there are interactive displays, you can find information about the different species seen and what HWDT has learned about the specific populations. Come along to join in on our Evening Science Talks, Summer Youth Clubs and more.
From the start of April, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Centre will be open 7 days a week from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Entry into both the Centre and evening events are on a donation basis.
We’d like to welcome everyone living and working on Mull to pop in for a chat about the Trust and what we do. Details of the events planned for the season will be made available through our website, social media and posters displayed on the island.