The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working within local communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of local species and habitats.
Established in 1994, HWDT is a registered charity that has pioneered practical, locally-based education and monitoring programmes of cetaceans in the Hebrides. We conduct long-term monitoring of distribution, abundance and habitat use of the cetaceans in Hebridean waters from our research vessel Silurian. The aim of this monitoring work is to provide those who manage Scotland's marine wildlife and habitats with information they need to achieve effective conservation of the area's extraordinary biodiversity.
This monitoring work also provides the materials for our work in environmental education, helping to raise public awareness about the wildlife which exists in this unique region. The Trust believes that by educating people about the marine environment we are contributing to safeguard biodiversity now and for the future. We are educating the citizens and decision makers of tomorrow.
In these times of environmental and climate change the need for monitoring, education and conservation of our cetaceans on the west coast of Scotland has never been greater. As a small charity all support we receive from memberships, donations, sponsorship, volunteering and purchases at our shop really does make a difference, allowing us to continue our work.
Find out more, including how to volunteer onboard Silurian, at www.hwdt.org
Volunteers are essential to the work of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Each year we welcome volunteers onboard our research vessel to participate in our survey work. Visit our website to find out more and to make an application.
HWDT believes that educating people about the marine environment contributes to safeguarding biodiversity for the future. Our education programme, delivered throughout the west coast of Scotland, includes school visits to our floating classroom Silurian.
As a small charity HWDT rely on the generous support received from people like you to sustain our programmes. We are always grateful for any donation, whether big or small. We also accept equipment donations. Find out how to make a donation on our website
Help safeguard a bottlenose dolphin, orca or minke whale for future generations for as little as £3.50 per month. Enjoy keeping our whales and dolphins safe by sponsoring for yourself, or as a present for someone you care about. More at www.hwdt.org