News

Our new leafletOur new leaflet
Added: 09 Jul 2017
We now have available a leaflet providing details of our work, contacts, map etc. It feels like we are finally on the map as well! If you would like to display our leaflets at your hotel, B&B, hostel, visitor centre or wherever please get in touch via: info@heartofargyllwildlife.org and we will get some to you.
We will of course be happy in return to display details of your business at the HAWO Centre.
 
New mug launched!New mug launched!
Added: 07 Jun 2017
Declare your support for one of the star animals amongst our amazing wildlife and help support our work!!
Ably modelled by Spiny Norman, these mugs are so good they can give a cactus a thirst.
For £6.00 you can make one yours by popping along to our centre on Mondays or Thursdays.
Alternatively send a cheque for £9.00 (the extra £3.00 is to cover postage and packing. UK only) made payable to ’Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation’ and we will whisk one over to you faster than a beaver through Aspen.
Our mug features our logo on the reverse side.
 
Beavers Win Again!Beavers Win Again!
Added: 16 Mar 2017
Countryfile Wildlife Success of the Year. A fantastic vindication of our efforts to keep beavers in the spotlight following the end of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Good for biodiversity. Good for the economy. Good for Argyll!!

 
 HOAWO is now a SCIO!
Added: 26 Feb 2017
We are delighted to report that we have been granted charitable staus by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). We are now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organistion (SCIO).
Our charitable purposes are environmental protection and education.
 
 Bruce’s Homecoming
Added: 20 Jan 2017
Read about Bruce’s latest adventures returning to Knapdale following his time in Edinburgh lobbying for the beavers to be allowed to stay in Scotland.

https://heartofargyllwildlife.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/first-blog-post/
 
New page on FacebookNew page on Facebook
Added: 20 Dec 2016
On our new Facebook page you will find info on future walks, talks and events, as well as news regarding HOAWO and the redevelopment of Barr an Daimh.
Our Facebook group (of the same name) will remain (so please join this as well). Here you can share your wildlife photos and sightings.
 
New Year WalkNew Year Walk
Added: 19 Dec 2016
Rediscover your legs and give the sofa a break. Join us on our New Year Walk on Wednesday 3rd January at 11am and rediscover the great outdoors. Meet at Forestry Commission car park at Loch Barnluasgan. Full details on our ’Walks’ page.
 
More support for beavers in ScotlandMore support for beavers in Scotland
Added: 15 Dec 2016
Interesting article available from Trees for Life on the benefits to Highland biodiversity through further assisted reintroductions.
 
Christmas Gifts on sale nowChristmas Gifts on sale now
Added: 04 Dec 2016
An ideal home and a great Christmas gift! Constructed from locally sourced, untreated and sustainable larch, our boxes are sturdy and weatherproof. All are available at only £15 each (+p&p) or £17 for boxes with slate roof whilst stocks last. Bird boxes are available in three types:
1. Open entrance, ideal for Robins.
2. 25mm entrance hole for blue and coal tits.
3. 32mm entrance for great tits and chaffinches.
Bat boxes (£12) are of the Kent type with two chambers.
We also have beautiful local yew wood key rings (£2.50), recycled bottle bird feeders (£15) and some fun badges for just £1. See our Facebook page for more images.
If you would like to purchase a box please get in touch via our Contact page.
 
 Winter is coming!
Added: 01 Dec 2016
It’s the first day of winter today, meteorological winter that is, rather than astronomical (which starts on December 21st). We have had over a week of hard frosts and sunny days and we are now into a milder period for a little while. This has coincided with an explosion of activity by the beavers as they bring in stores for winter and carry out necessary maintenance on their lodges. Their capacity for work never ceases to amaze! Although you are not going to spot one during the brief daylight hours this is a fascinating time to observe what is going on in their territories.
 
Beavers are back foreverBeavers are back forever
Added: 28 Nov 2016
Fantastic news that the Scottish Government have permitted the reinstatement of the Eurasian beaver as a native species. This will afford them the same level of protection as current native animals and should pave the way for a further reintroduction to Knapdale. Watch this space as we hope to work closely with the agencies involved. More news at the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland websites
 
Infinis A’Chruach Community Fund to support HOAWOInfinis A’Chruach Community Fund to support HOAWO
Added: 08 Nov 2016
Fantastic news to hear that we have been awarded £12,000 from the Infinis A’Chruach Community Fund to go towards funding a Ranger’s salary for two years. Particularly appropriate as we will be a wholly off-grid centre reliant on a range of renewable energies including a small wind turbine.
 
 Dragons in Argyll!
Added: 04 Nov 2016
We have been awarded £1000 and two days of business advice by a ’Dragons Den’ panel at the Argyll Enterprise Week event. This will help us develop the revenue raising aspects of the organisation.
 
Give a helping hand to our bats and birds Give a helping hand to our bats and birds
Added: 30 Oct 2016
An ideal home and a great Christmas gift! Constructed from locally sourced, untreated and sustainable larch, our boxes are sturdy and weatherproof. All are available at only £15 each (+p&p) whilst stocks last. Bird boxes are available in three types:
1. Open entrance, ideal for Robins.
2. 25mm entrance hole for blue and coal tits.
3. 32mm entrance for great tits and chaffinches.
Bat boxes are of the Kent type with two chambers.
If you would like to purchase a box please contact us.
 
Amazing Mushrooms!Amazing Mushrooms!
Added: 29 Oct 2016
20 people came along to our recent ’Fungi Foray’. Along with James, our local expert, we collected, identified and learnt all about some of Knapdale’s least known and understood residents. Here today and gone tomorrow you sometimes have to be quick or lucky to spot them, but they can be spectacular when you do. If you are out and about autumn is a great time to look out for fungi. If you spot something post it to our Facebook page and we will do our best to help you identify it.
 
 The Peoples’ Project
Added: 16 Oct 2016
We have entered the National Lottery’s Peoples’ Project with the submission of a short film about our plans for Barr an Daimh. You can view the film at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmOLXWlTL_0
 
Autumn EventsAutumn Events
Added: 16 Oct 2016
Batty about Bats? Want to find out how to make a wine bottle into a bird feeder? Fascinated by Fungi? Join us on one of our autumn events and have your questions answered.As we head for winter this is a chance to get out and find out how our wild things prepare for the lean times. You can also find out what we’ve been up to and our exciting plans for next yuear at our open afternoon on 20th October. Full details of all goings on on the walks and events page. We look forward to you joining us.
 
 Tonight’s Bat Event
Added: 11 Aug 2016
Please note, due to the adverse weather conditions this event is cancelled. We will rearrange it shortly
 
Investing In Ideas AwardInvesting In Ideas Award
Added: 01 Jul 2016
We are so pleased to announce that we have received an award from The Big Lottery Investing In Ideas Fund of £8,026. This money will enable us to buy equipment and run our Summer Guided Walks and Events programme (see our Walks page for details), and progress our plans for the development of the Wildlife Centre and Ranger Service.
 
Funding AwardedFunding Awarded
Added: 07 Jun 2016
Our thanks to Argyll and Bute Council’s Third Sector Fund for a grant of £610. This money will help create and equip our summer walks programme.
 
BBC Countryfile teamBBC Countryfile team
Added: 09 May 2016
A day spent filming with the BBC Countryfile team on Lochs Coille Bharr and Barnluasgan. The weather could not have been better and Knapdale looked magnificent!
Look out for the programme that goes out on 27th March. It features an update on the activities of the beavers in Knapdale, their effects on the landscape, and the issues raised by the Tay beavers. Unfortunately the pending decision on their fate now looks likely to be delayed again until after the Scottish elections.

Standing quietly near the lodge towards the end of the afternoon we were investigated by a tribe of long-tailed tits, wondering what all the fuss was about! A fitting end to the day.

The programme coincides with the first of our spring guided walks. More details on home page.