Young Wildcats – Catch me if you CAM

February 16th 2018

They were on a mission: To find and photograph the shy and nocturnal animals living in and around the school grounds. The children of Lochinver Primary were right up for this challenge and over the next six weeks set up a trail camera in the Culag Community Woods. They hid the camera deep in the undergrowth and far from the normal footpaths and left some bait to lure animals close in. Then they waited. The camera was designed to be triggered by the body heat and motion of any passing animal or bird

Each week they tried different food baits. The results were stunning. They photographed and filmed red deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, pine martens and wood mice. They caught in the camera several dogs and on the final week a very strange visitor! Lexy said “ it was very exciting going each week to see what we had recorded”. Seamus said “he did not believe there were so many animals living so close to Lochinver primary”.

All the sightings and data collected by the children have been sent to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas Scotland.

The project was part of a trial being conducted by twenty primary schools across the Highlands lead by Dr Keri Langridge from Scottish Wildcat Action and supported by the Highlife Highland Rangers and funded the global conservation charity Earthwatch an organisation that empowers people to save our planet through hands-on science. The children of Lochinver Primary are now waiting anxiously to see if any of their photographs has won in the competition for the best photo as judged by Gordon Buchanan.

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Recent Sightings


single animal still in full ermine Clachtoll (DAH) (16/03)


14 flying over Clachtoll (DAH) (16/03)


single bird feeding on Stoer Green (DAH) (16/03)

Ringed Plover

eight feeding on Stoer Green (DAH) (16/03)


25 flying around Culkein Stoer (Lesley Sleight and Annella Bulch) (14/03)

Meadow Pipit

20 feeding on grazing land around old cemetery Stoer (Bill and Val Badger) (14/03)

Black-throated Diver

single bird on Maiden Loch near Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (13/03)


10+ clumps in road ditch Pollachapuill road, Culkein Drumbeg (Ian Evans). One clump was frosted indicating it had possibly been in situ since the last night of minus temperatures which was 9th/10th March. (13/03)