Lochaber Natural History Society runs a winter talks programme at the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William. Talks start at 7.30pm. Entry is £4 or £15 for the season.


Oct 9              Ian Strachan 'Extreme botanising: rare plants on Ben Nevis'

Nov 13            Steve Morris (Woodland Trust) and Lewis Pate ' Loch Arkaig Pinewoods'

Dec 11            Tom Prescott (Butterfly Conservation) 'Lochaber's Butterflies'

Jan 8              Dr Paul O'Donoghue (Lynx UK Trust) 'A Tale of Two Cats' - Lynx and Wild Cat

Feb 12            Pippa Garrard (Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust) 'Evidence for Change' - whales and sea birds

Mar 12            Eilidh-Ann Phillips (HC Ranger Service) 'Bats in Lochaber'

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is calling on the public to take action and help prevent European nature laws from being weakened. 

Across Europe, including here in Scotland, vital laws protect our most precious wildlife and wild places. The conservation of Scotland’s most iconic species such as golden eagle, Atlantic salmon, dolphin and Scottish wildcat depend on these laws and we do too, for cleaner rivers, vital habitat for pollinating insects and natural places that we can enjoy and spend time in.

Without these European laws to protect the rarest and best of nature, Scotland and the World would be a poorer place.

Right now the European Commission  is reviewing these laws - the 'Nature Directives' - and asking people to give their opinion on them. So it's vital that as many of us as possible say that we feel strongly about this and don't want to see these laws weakened.

Across Europe all countries share two main nature laws - the Habitats Directive, which protects a range of important habitats and species, and the Birds Directive, which protects European wild birds. There is also a network of protected wild places - called Natura 2000 - stretching across Europe.

In Scotland, over 390 places are part of this network including Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves such as Handa Island, Montrose Basin, Rahoy Hills, Carstramon Wood, and Loch Fleet and other special places such as the Firth of Forth, Caithness and Sutherland peatlands, Black Wood of Rannoch, River Tay and Moray Firth.

The Natura 2000 Network, in Scotland and across Europe needs all the protection it can get.

How you can help

The European Commission is asking for the opinion of people across Europe through an online consultation - so you can make your voice heard.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, as part of The Wildlife Trusts is joining 100 other charities and environmental organisations across Europe to provide suggested responses to the consultation in support of the Nature Directives.

This will send a clear message to the European Commission that people feel strongly about this, wherever they live.

Our members' Group is moving into the digital age with the launch of a dedicated website. This will give us the opportunity to expand on the information available on the main Scottish Wildlife Trust website, publish our programme of talks and walks, make our newsletters available to registered members and add photos, news and information about wildlife and conservation in Argyll and Lochaber.

Watch this space!


The Scottish Wildlife Trust's Argyll and Lochaber Group covers the whole of Argyll and Lochaber (PA postcodes), so all members of the SWT living in this area are automatically members of the Group.

Our 212 members are spread across a wide area of the west coast, from Islay to Fort William, though with a concentration within 10 miles of Oban.

Where our members live



Committee members

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Chair)

Jean Ainsley (Secretary)

David Ainsley (Treasurer)