Many of the CAOLAS trustees are involved with the first Sunart Water Festival being held on Sunday 16th September 2016. Full details are below the poster for the event.
Andy Jackson will be there in his coastguard capacity and giving a safety talk as well as supporting the safety cover of the Highland Open Water Swim (a swim suitable for novices and first-timers and supported by safety sea kayakers as well as the coastguard).
Annabel Lawrence will be leading two 'Try Snorkelling' snorkel safaris and will be bringing all equipment with her. If you have your own wetsuit, please bring it. If not, the Abernethy Trust have very kindly agreed to loan us some of theirs. You never know, you may just see one of the three Marine Protected Features (MPFs) in Loch Sunart...
Laura Harvey will be offering land based sessions aimed at children and families to help them discover more about what the MPFs of Loch Sunart are like, how they live and why they need to be protected in an MPA.
Karl Bungey will be giving you the opportunity to try Sea Kayaking in 1.5 hour guided trips on Loch Sunart where you may well see some of the local wildlife from new perspectives and learn about the MPFs of Loch Sunart.
There is also a treasure hunt, raft race, food, live music and all manner of other events based outside the Strontian Hotel and along the shoreline to the community owned jetty.
Put the date in your diary and join us in one (or more) of the events on offer. Do book in advance as spaces are strictly limited.
UPDATE: The weather forecasts for Sunday are not looking great, so a final decision will be made on Thursday evening (13th September). Keep an eye on their Facebook page for announcements.
CAOLAS is hosting another illustrated talk, this time given by Alison Lomax, Director of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT).
The talk is entitled "Protecting our whales, dolphins, sharks and porpoise: The Evidence for Change" and is sure to be a thought provoking opportunity to update yourself on the latest information from the research gained by HWDT over the past decade.
You'll also discover how this information is being used to protect marine life, especially in our Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Loch Sunart and also Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura (including the Sound of Mull).
This is being hosted at Lochailne School on Wednesday 18th July and will start at 19:00. Entry is £3 per person.