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 incorporated 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

Common Dolphin

small pod of around six animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (18/08)

Black-tailed Godwit

10 over Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (18/08)

Golden Plover

c55 past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (18/08)

Pied Wagtail

six over car park at Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (18/08)

Goldfinch

12 feeding on road near Strathcroy (DAH) (18/08)

Whimbrel

single bird with two Curlew Bay of Culkein (DAH) (17/08)

Great Skua

ten in total either on or following local creel boat off Culkein Stoer (DAH) (17/08)

Sanderling

two adult birds Bay of Culkein (DAH) (17/08)

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