The Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society (IoMNHAS) has a organised programme of summer excursions.

On Saturday, June 5, people can join a Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch (MWDW) researcher for ’Sea Watch at The Sound’.

People can bring their own binoculars or borrow some to look out for whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and seals.

Thursday, June 10: ’The Langness Arch: 150 million years of missing time’.

An evening walk to observe rock formations. People should be steady on their feet and wear sturdy footwear.

Saturday, July 11: ’The life and "mysterious murder" of Betsy Juan y Wyllar’. An investigative afternoon walk around Ballure Plantation. Walking boots/sticks and refreshments are essential.

Wednesday, July 21: ’What made a village in the 19th century’. A walk identifying occupations that have vanished from Ballaugh, and highlighting unanswered questions about why the village is the way it is.

Saturday, August 28: ’New light on Lag ny Keeilley’. MNH archaeologist Andy Johnson, who explores Manx keeills, outlines his study of this iconic site. Walking boots or outdoor shoes recommended.

Wednesday, September 15: ’The Bats of Laxey’. Exploring after sunset to take a look at the village’s bats, in the months where bats mate. The Manx Bat Group will be along to help understand bat behaviour.

Saturday, September 25: exploration of the Ballacosnahan historical site, where a Viking hoard was found. People are asked to bring walking boots and binoculars.

Excursions can be booked one week in advance by emailing [email protected] or phoning 861560/366269.

Dogs should not be taken on any of the excursions.