The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and remains the only offshore long-term cetacean-monitoring scheme of its kind in the UK. Its research findings support effective conservation measures and provide scientists and policymakers with crucial data on cetacean distribution patterns in Scottish waters.

Surveys – carried out on board the charity’s unique research yacht, Silurian – have revealed an incredible range of marine biodiversity in the waters of western Scotland: during 2013, HWDT recorded more than 400 encounters with cetaceans and basking ...


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