Birds of Assynt 1. Introduction.
There are few parts of the British Isles as wild, remote and under recorded as the North West Highlands. Assynt at first sight can be seen as a hostile place for birds with its rocky coast, ancient rocks, lack of trees and blanket peat covering much of the landscape.
However we have a unique assemblage of birds and hold some of Britain’s rarest breeding birds including black-throated divers and common greenshanks. 228 species of birds have been recorded in Assynt in recent decades. 107 of these maybe reasonably called regular breeders. There are a further 20 regular winter visitors and the rest are regular or rare passage migrants.
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