Sailing into Ullapool for whale of a time

The Silurian arriving at Ullapool.

The Silurian arriving at Ullapool.

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The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) are visiting Ullapool as part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Project.

It is the first time that the Mull based charity has visited the village and their research vessel The Silurian is conducting two research surveys off the coast and Hebrides where they monitor and record whale and dolphin both visually and acoustically then will be spending a week at Ullapool and Lochinver where primary pupils from Scoraig, Badcaul, Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Lochinver Primary Schools are getting the opportunity to visit the boat and take part in ‘floating classrooms’.

HWDT Outreach staff are also visiting the schools and holding land based classes teaching how to identify different species and where they live, feed and migrate locally.

Open evenings for the public to go aboard the Silurian and learn about the research being carried out are being held at Ullapool Harbour on Monday 12th 5.30pm to 8pm and Lochinver Harbour on Thursday 15th 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Speakers from Whale and Dolphin Conservation will also be visiting Ullapool Harbour on Tuesday 13th, including Charlie Phillips the internationally renowned photographer famed for his work with the bottlenose dolphin at the Moray Firth.

On Wednesday 14th British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme will be discussing their work dealing with both live and dead stranding and entanglement.

The Highland Cetacean Week has been supported by a number of organisations including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Ullapool Harbour Trust, Ullapool Rotary and St Martin’s Lodge, hopes are this could be the start of a new annual event celebrating the Scotland’s marine wildlife.

More information about this and other elements of the Living Seas Project can be found at: website