Islay Nature Centre Open for the Season

Fiona MacGillvray writes: The Islay Natural History Trust’s Visitor Centre in Port Charlotte has opened on Easter Monday with a new, simpler name, the Islay Nature Centre. It is true we have changed the name of the centre a few times over the years, with some still calling it the Field Centre, and from there it has merged into a few formats in an effort to summarise in a title what we offer, as so many are often put off by our little door which unbeknown to them, leads into a vast area of wildlife exploration and information. So the centre is now open with tanks and creatures, tadpoles and bugs, and a plethora of information boards and displays. Please come and visit throughout the season for information, excitement and activities for all ages.

Let us know what wildlife you are seeing around the island and we will put it up on our boards and record it in our sightings. The skylarks are singing, the curlews are ‘cerlewing’ over the moor, and lapwings are combat dancing in the air and peewitting for a mate, scraping a nest in a damp corner of a field. We look forward to seeing you all at some point through the season, either in the centre or on the many activities over the summer which will be announced in due course.

The Islay Nature Centre is open weekdays from April to end of September 10 - 4pm and you get great value for your admission as tickets are valid for a whole week! Admission is free for INHT members and we have wheelchair access and toilet facilities. For more info phone 01496-850288 or email For updates visit the INHT blog

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Published with kind permission of the Ileach Newspaper