Whale trust opens new visi­tor centre on Mull

The Oban Times - - News -

THE HE­BRIDEAN Whale and Dol­phin Trust (HWDT) has opened the doors to its new visi­tor centre on Tober­mory’s Main Street.

The newly ren­o­vated premises, funded by a grant from the Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, have be­come an in­for­ma­tive hub, high­light­ing the dif­fer­ent species of cetaceans – whales, dol­phins and por­poises – found in the He­brides, as well as the con­ser­va­tion work of the trust.

Visi­tor centre man­ager Pauline Massey said: ‘The centre is gen­er­at­ing a lot of in­ter­est and vis­i­tors are com­pli­ment­ing us on our new and im­proved look. The ‘un­der­wa­ter’ room is prov­ing to be es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with our younger vis­i­tors.’ Ella Potts, visi­tor centre as­sis­tant, added: ‘This is such a fan­tas­tic space in which to learn about our lo­cal cetaceans – I think peo­ple will be amazed to learn about the di­ver­sity of species we have here through our free talks and work­shops. We even have real bone, teeth and baleen sam­ples to play with.’

There will be a large touch­screen fa­cil­ity al­low­ing peo­ple to in­ter­act with data col­lected by the trust aboard its re­search yacht, Sil­urian, and un­der­stand its ap­pli­ca­tions.

There is also a ded­i­cated chil­dren’s room, with games and puz­zles.

Through­out the sea­son, HWDT staff and vol­un­teers will run a series of pro­grammes and events from the centre, in­clud­ing daily por­poise spot­ting tours, teach­ing par­tic­i­pants how to scan and sur­vey from land.

There will also be daily talks at 3.30pm and work­shops run­ning through­out the day in the centre or on the beach, as well as spe­cial events with guest speak­ers on Thurs­day evenings through­out the sum­mer.

The centre is open seven days a week dur­ing the sea­son from 10.30am- 4.30pm and en­try is free, with do­na­tions wel­come. Some spe­cific events may have ad­mis­sion charges. To find out more email vis­i­tor­centre@ hwdt.org.

The new whale and dol­phin centre is a hit with younger vis­i­tors.

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