The Assynt Bat Cave Project (2009-11)

February 23rd 2010

This project has been designed to ascertain if Assynt Caves are used by roosting bats and to help determine their initial importance for bats. The project proposes to use specialist survey data loggers which can be positioned near a cave entrance where they will detect and store any bat activity without needing human attention.

The project is being run by the North Highland Bat Network with funding by Scottish Natural Heritage.

This is what the project involves.

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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

three adults, one of which had a calf, off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Common Scoter

19 birds flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Great Northern Diver

single bird in breeding plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (14/06)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

three birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (14/06)

Whooper Swan

single adult bird on Loch Cul Fraioch (Robin Shrubsole) (13/06)

Whimbrel

Six at Clachtoll crofts disturbed by three great skuas flying overhead (AS) (13/06)

Sand Martin

single bird Allt nan Uamh, at start of Bone caves walk (Robin Shrubsole) (12/06)

Mountain Hare

single animal spooked from below grassy bank, Beinn an Fhuarain plateau (Robin Shrubsole) (12/06)

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