Scottish Island Groups

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT)

Established in 1994, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is a registered charity that has pioneered practical, locally-based education and monitoring programmes on cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the Hebrides. HWDT is based in Tobermory, on the Hebridean Isle of Mull where they have their main, education and research offices and a Visitors Centre and Shop.

Seil Natural History Group

An extremely active group based on the Isle of Seil, south of Oban but attracting members and holding events in the wider Lorn area. Broad calendar of meetings, walks and talks and visitors are very welcome.

Shetland Entomological Group

The Shetland Entomological Group was established in 1992 to try and encourage an interest in insects. The Group’s aims are to: promote the study of insects and entomology within the islands; co-ordinate and collect entomological records and those of other terrestrial invertebrates where appropriate; co-operate with national and local bodies in entomological studies; establish contacts between interested individuals; and promote a wider interest in the environment via the study of one of the more neglected areas of natural history.

Shetland Biological Records Centre

Shetland Biological Records Centre (SBRC) was established in 1998, with the aim of creating a system that can efficiently collate and distribute information about all aspects of Shetland’s wildlife, and promote the best possible use of those data. The project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Shetland Amenity Trust, the Shetland Enterprise Company and Shetland Islands Council, together with matching funds from the European Regional Development Fund (Objective 1). The Centre is managed by Shetland Amenity Trust, and is located within the Lerwick offices of the Trust.

Shetland Sea Mammal Group

Shetland Sea Mammal Group was established in 1993 to try and encourage an interest in whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and other sea mammals in Shetland waters. The groups aims are to: co-ordinate and collect records of sea mammals in our waters; co-operate with national bodies in sea mammal studies; promote an interest in sea mammals within the islands; and establish contact between individuals interested in sea mammals