University of the Third AgeUniversity of the Third Age
Added: 08 Jan 2019
Presenting to the University of the Third Age at Corran Halls alongside Donna Mallan of Scottish Canals.
We worked together last year on raising awareness of the Crinan Canal towpath’s biodiversity and changing the strimming regime to further enhance the species mix. We will cooperate on more events this year.
RSPB Nature of Scotland AwardsRSPB Nature of Scotland Awards
Added: 24 Nov 2018
A grand night out and we were delighted to be shortlisted in only our second year of opening. Our congratulations to all the worthy winners and particularly Argaty Red Kites, the winner of the ’Wildlife Tourism’ award.
 Co-op Community Fund
Added: 18 Nov 2018
Wow!! Over £11,000 donated to us by Lochgilphead Co-op shoppers through the Co-op Community Fund in 2018. This money will help us complete our renewable energy works and to enhance the interpretation at the wildlife centre.
Thank you!!!
 Beaver walk Wednesday 19 .9.18
Added: 19 Sep 2018
Due to the Amber Alert forecasting high winds and heavy rain we have decided to cancel tonight’s Beaver Walk. Our apologies for any disappointment caused.
Our next walk will be on Wednesday 26th September.
Triplets on BarnluasganTriplets on Barnluasgan
Added: 17 Sep 2018
Bjorna and Millie are once again proud parents; this time to three kits. They emerged from the lodge last month and all appear to be doing weel. There has been an upsurge of activity at the lodge. no doubt an extension is being constructed to house the expanding family!
RSPB Nature of Scotland AwardsRSPB Nature of Scotland Awards
Added: 17 Sep 2018
Such and exciting evening at the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh!!
We discovered we have been shortlisted for the ’Nature Tourism Award’. There were a record number of entries this year and many of the organisations up for awards are far bigger than our two-person organisation. A real bonus to be thus recognised by one’s peers.
The awards ceremony takes place in Edinburgh on November 22nd.
Craignish Trust awardCraignish Trust award
Added: 17 Sep 2018
We are delighted to announce we have been awarded £900.00 by the Craignish Trust. The money will be used to support our educational work in local schools over the next year.
Scottish Beavers: Strategic Environmental AssessmentScottish Beavers: Strategic Environmental Assessment
Added: 19 Jan 2018
Scottish Ministers announced on 24 November 2016 that the beaver populations in Knapdale in Argyll and in the Tay and Earn catchments could remain in Scotland subject to satisfactory completion of a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). These assessments have now been carried out.
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, requires that a SEA be carried out where a policy, plan or programme is likely to have a significant environmental impact. There is a huge amount of information in this Strategic Environmental Assessment. Individuals and organisations can add comments to the consultation process up until 6 March 2018.
Website: http://
A’Chruach/Infinis Community FundA’Chruach/Infinis Community Fund
Added: 08 Jan 2018
We are delighted to announce that restoration work on our barn and compost loo will be part funded by a £5,000 grant from the Infinis A’Chruach Community Fund. Restoration will take place during 2018 and will ensure we retain these unique buildings for community use. We would like to thank everyone who supported our application.
Tesco Bags for HelpTesco Bags for Help
Added: 08 Jan 2018
Tesco’s #BagsofHelp!!
2018 is the Scottish Year of the Young Person.
In January and February you will have the opportunity to vote for us in the Lochgilphead and Oban stores. We will use any money raised to run a series of events engaging school-age children with our local wildlife wonders. Please remember to ask for your blue voting coin at the checkout.
Co-op Local Communty Fund SuccessCo-op Local Communty Fund Success
Added: 01 Dec 2017
We are excited to let you know that we’ve been chosen for support by the Co-op Local Community Fund. From now until 27th October 2018 every time you shop at the Co-op 1% of what you spend goes to the fund. If you are a Co-op member you can choose to support us over this period, the more you shop, the more we gain!
if you would like all of your donation to go to us, go to the Co-op website, and click to support our cause. The link to do this is:
We are raising money to repair our fantastic barn and wonderful compost toilet. The barn serves as our outdoor classroom and community venue for events, and the compost toilet building is the finest in Scotland and a ’relief’ to all who visit it. We also wish to install new solar panels in order to run the centre completely ’off grid’.
Monitoring Contract Signed!Monitoring Contract Signed!
Added: 15 Oct 2017
The witnessing of another milestone for the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation.
We are thrilled to announce that we have signed a contract with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland to undertake post-release monitoring of the Beavers to be released into Knapdale over the next three years.
Chamber Music DayChamber Music Day
Added: 27 Sep 2017
A grand afternoon in the Celtic Rainforest. In conjunction with National Chamber Music Day, Plantlife Scotland and Mackie’s Chocolate we hosted ’Them McOpera Bones’ in the cruck frame barn at Barrandaimh. From Madrigals to Bond, Disney to Dougie Maclean, there was something for everyone. Prior to the event we guided folk through the forest to highlight our amazing diversity of lichesn and lower plants.
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: 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.
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
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.