Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

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HWDT is a marine conservation charity based in Tobermory on the west coast of Scotland. First established in 1994, our mission is to conserve Hebridean whales, dolphins, and porpoises, so that they thrive in harmony alongside coastal communities.


We take action through robust science, inspirational education and meaningful engagement. We believe in citizen science, involving people in everything we do. Our marine mammal research is supported by over 100 volunteers each year, who join us on board our research vessel Silurian, as well as a 4,000-person strong Whale Track sightings community. Our long-term research has critically advanced the understanding of both resident species and those that visit seasonally. Data collected from our citizen science projects, informs protection measures for minke whales, Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoises, and basking sharks across Hebridean seas. Using what we have learnt, we work directly with communities to encourage stewardship of our rich seas. Our education projects reach out to over 20,000 people each year to highlight the importance of the marine environment and encourage people to take responsibility for protecting it for future generations.

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