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.

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Recent Sightings

Shag

107 (plus 7 Cormorants) on rocks below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (22/10)

White-tailed Eagle

single immature bird flying over Clachtoll (AS) (22/10)

Brambling

two at Inverkirkaig with Redwings (AS) (21/10)

Whooper Swan

single immature on Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (AS) (21/10)

Ring-billed Gull

single 2nd-winter bird in with Common Gulls Stoer green (DAH) (21/10)

Moorhen

single adult bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (21/10)

Brambling

seven birds, including males, on peanut feeder in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight). Time to start looking more closely at all the Chaffinch flocks that have appeared in the last few days! (20/10)

Great Northern Diver

four winter plumage birds Bay of Stoer (DAH) (20/10)

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