For 20 years, HWDT have been monitoring Hebridean seas. Providing the evidence needed to develop effective conservation measures to protect the remarkable marine wildlife found here for future generations. Each year, HWDTs research vessel, Silurian, and her team on-board, travel thousands of nautical miles gathering data on cetaceans and basking sharks in the Hebrides. This pioneering research eco-tourism initiative has generated one of the largest databases of its kind for UK waters. Each expedition itinerary is different, and the area covered will depend on rendezvous location, weather forecast and data coverage. Every night the anchor will be dropped in a different location, allowing you to experience fantastic, off-the-beaten track places.
Participants are fully trained to identify different species and collect visual and acoustic data. Our crew also collect images for Photo-Identification analysis of individual whales and dolphins. This data provides a powerful body of knowledge- contributing to the identification and designation of Marine Protected Areas and detecting trends and changes in the marine environment. Anthropogenic parameters, such as underwater noise and marine litter, are monitored to identify emerging threats and understand the conservation implications.
Join a research expedition and add to the advancement of our knowledge of Scottish marine wildlife whilst exploring the beautiful Hebrides.
Guided experience, Field school, Citizen science
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Oceans and Seas, History of Scientific Discovery
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is a marine conservation charity that takes action through a unique programme of community based research and education. This two pronged approach ignites strong local stewardship and supports meaningful change for the conservation of Hebridean cetaceans and marine life.
We are change agents; conducting the research that underpins the future safeguarding of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Training up volunteers to become citizen scientists on our research boat trips as well through our sighting networks.
We also provide educational experiences in our dedicated Discovery Centre, on our boat Silurian and by visiting schools around the whole of the Hebrides.