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Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

Less than a 10 minute drive from the Crinan Hotel, you will find the Visitor Information and Wildlife Interpretation Centre run by The Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation.  This is a charitable organisation formed in 2017 with the aims of environmental protection and education centred around Knapdale in the Heart of Argyll.

The HAWO centre at Barrandaimh (Gaelic for ‘Ridge of the Young Stag’) is located in the beautiful Knapdale Woods, a 586 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in birds, dragonflies, lichens, otters, red squirrels, Atlantic oak woodland and, of course, the Knapdale beavers. The centre is open from 10am seasonally.

The centre has a wide variety of resources for all ages - there are wall displays and tables littered with interesting finds as well as a good selection of reference books.  And there are activities and items which should keep younger naturalists occupied as well.  The knowledgeable and helpful staff and volunteers will be pleased to chat with you about all sorts of aspects of the wildlife in Argyll and further afield. They can offer guidance on where to go and what you might hope to see locally, and there is a programme of events and guided walks which are highly recommended.

You can find out more about HAWO from the leaflet you can download below or their website and Facebook pages where up to date information about opening hours and events and guided walks can be found.  

HAWO leaflet - click here to download

HAWO late summer 2017 programme - click here to download

HAWO Winter/Spring 2018 newsletter - click here to download - news about the beavers at Loch Barnluasgan & the HAWO AGM


Centre Opening Hours for 2018:- 10am - 5pm


May: TBA (check the HAWO website -

June: TBA (check the HAWO website -

July/August: TBA (check the HAWO website -

September: TBA (check the HAWO website -

October: TBA (check the HAWO website -


2018 Walks & Events

Charges: HAWO walks and event costs vary but are usually £6 per adult, £3 per child unless otherwise stated. Family tickets (up to 2 adults and 2 children) £14. Booking is highly recommended, please get in touch by either phone or email. (Details on Contact Page on HAWO website).
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

HAWO walks and events may be changed due to weather conditions etc. Please check on the HAWO website. Any changes will also be advertised on Facebook and Twitter. Booking for walks is advised (tel. 01546 810279 or 810218 or [email protected]) to ensure you have a place and can be advised of any changes if necessary.

May 2018
Tuesday 1st May, 10am Moth Morning
Moths are amazing! Come and see what has found its way into our trap overnight. HAWO wildlife centre.

Monday 7th May 10am-5pm Badger Day
Join us at the HAWO wildlife centre for the start of National Badger Week. Lots of badger activities all day and our local badgers on film.

Monday 7th May, 6pm Beaver Walk
All the latest updates on the Knapdale beavers during a walk from our centre around Loch Barnluasgan. Please note this walk starts from the our HAWO wildlife centre at Barrandaimh. Not the FCS Barnluasgan car-park.

What to bring: Suitable clothing for the weather (raincoats and sun protection - this is Argyll!) midgie repellent/net and sturdy footwear suitable for rough terrain, wellies are good for pond dipping!
Binoculars if you have them - but not to worry if you don’t, we have some to share. It’s always worth bringing along your camera.
For an evening event a torch is handy and for our bat event if you have a detector so much the better!
It is not recommended that dogs accompany us as they may affect wildlife sightings, but if you have no other option, please ensure they are on a lead.


Please check the HAWO website and Facebook pages before turning up to an event - dates and times may change at short notice (subject to weather etc) and it is advisable to book in advance.


More information about Wildlife and Birdwatching in Argyll can be found here -