About & Contact

Assynt Field Club was founded in 1986 and has over 110 members.

Membership is free and open to all, residents or visitors with funds raised by donations at meetings and from the sale of publications.  Members are circulated in the spring and autumn, by e-mail or post, with a programme of events and a summary of recent wildlife observations.

The Club is an unincorporated association, whose aims are to encourage the study and enjoyment of Assynt’s wildlife, landscape and geology.  It organises talks and other events in the winter and field trips in the summer.  Members participate in a variety of surveys, many of which have resulted in reports or publications (see below).

Committee

The Committee of the Club consists of three Officers elected annually,  Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, and six other members.  Currently, these are:

Chairman: Andy Summers 01571 844654

Secretary: Gwen Richards 01571 844032

Treasurer: Bill Badger 01854 666349

Committee Members: Claire Belshaw, Clarinda Chant, Ian Evans, David Haines, 2 vacancies

Membership of the Field Club is administered by our Membership Co-ordinator Clarinda Chant. If you would like to become a member of Assynt Field Club, for which there is no cost, please contact Clarinda at assyntwildlife@gmail.com or telephone 01571 844137 to be added to our electronic mailing list.

Wildlife records are co-ordinated by Ian Evans at assyntwildlife@gmail.com Tel 01571 833241

Achievements

Surveys undertaken and reports and publications produced by the Club include:

Amphibian Survey (1993)

Assynt Nature Calendar (1995, 1996)

Garden Bird Survey (1997-present) More information here Assynt Field Club Garden Bird Survey

Birds of Assynt (1998; 3rd edition 2004, price £2.80)

Assynt Cetacean Survey (1998, 1999)

Assynt Muirburn Survey (2008)

Assynt Seashore Project (2015-16)

British Trust for Ornithology’s Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (2015-16) More information here Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey 2015/16

The Club is affiliated to the Highland Biological Recording Group, and is represented on the Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group. It collects wildlife records for the parish and members have contributed to a number of special projects.  These include the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan (2003), the Sutherland Marine Audit: Pilot Study (2009) and a survey of freshwater habitats on the Little Assynt Estate.

Report a Sighting

Recent Sightings

House Martin

two birds nest building on Drumbeg Hotel (DAH) (25/05)

Greylag Goose

eight adult birds with 15 goslings Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (25/05)

WALRUS - NOT AN ASSYNT SIGHTING BUT -

UPDATE The Walrus was spotted yesterday, the 24th, in Wick harbour. --------------------------------------------- You may have seen in the news that the Walrus which was first reported from Orkney on 9th March was spotted on 16th May, near Kinlochbervie. If it should turn up in Assynt it would be very much appreciated if you could quickly let us know on assyntwildlife@gmail.com. We can then let those that are monitoring its condition know. We would also ask that you do not do anything which will disturb the animal and please keep dogs on a lead and well away from it, thank you. (25/05)

Slow-worm

single seen in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvie) (24/05)

Harbour Porpoise

six off Bay of Stoer (DAH) (24/05)

Long-tailed Duck

two male birds, one in summer plumage, Bay of Stoer (DAH) (24/05)

Common Tern

three birds feeding Bay of Stoer (DAH) (24/05)

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

single on nettles Culkein Drumbeg and two flying near Stoer (DAH) (24/05)

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