YOUNG WILDCATS – our Assynt Nature Table at Lochinver Mission

November 28th 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018 saw nine intrepid adventurers from the Lochinver Wildlife Watch heading out to collect things for the new Assynt nature table at the Mission in Lochinver.

The mild November weather meant Grace found some Herb Robert still flowering and Sadie was amazed how many daisies were still around. Autumn has still not vanished and together we found lots of beech nuts, acorns and hazel nuts. Bronia was disappointed that most had been already eaten by the mice.

James found a sparrowhawk kill beside the big hazel trees. All that remained was a pile of blue tit feathers. We found lots of signs of deer and lots of badger diggings. Then Corwin saw the best sighting of the afternoon as a large golden eagle flew over the school. We thought at first it was a buzzard but no it was an eagle.

Catherine was great at finding lichens (dog lichen, old man’s beard, lungwort and many others) and she found our only hedgehog mushroom. Seamus found a huge birch polypore fungus growing on a dead or dying birch tree.

There was still some rosehips on the bush that the birds had obviously missed and by the time we headed back we had an armful of material for the nature table. Vaughn had found a mysterious stick with bite marks in it that left us all confused and to finish up Harry found a lump of charcoal.

All the items were labelled and put on display. So if you want to see for yourself go and visit the Mission beside An Cala café.

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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

three off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Common Dolphin

15+ north-west of Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Goldfinch

22 Culkein Stoer and 14 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (18/08)

Waders on Migration

Dunlin 7; Sanderling 1; Ringed Plover 42; Redshank (juveniles) 2; Oystercatcher 49; Turnstone 3; Curlew 8 and Whimbrel 1, all Bay of Culkein/Culkein Stoer (DAH) (18/08)

Merlin

single bird near Clashnessie (DAH) (18/08)

Goldeneye

single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (11/08)

White-tailed Eagle

immature bird off Kirkaig Point (Adrian Stabler) (08/08)

Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata)

single beetle foraging, Culkein Stoer (DAH). This appears to be only the third record of this species for Assynt, the last being in 2008 near Inchnadamph. It is probably very under recorded. Photos Gallery - Beetles (08/08)

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