About Assynt Field Club

Assynt Field Club was founded in 1986 and has over 100 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 contacted 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 and contact

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 01571 855202

Committee Members: Clarinda Chant, Ian Evans, David Haines, 3 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 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

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)

Muirburn in Assynt Project (2004-06)

Assynt Seashore Project (2015-16) More information here 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

Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2018) More information here Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2018)

Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project (2018-19) More information here Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project (2018-19)

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

Dipper

four birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (15/01)

Little Grebe

three birds Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH) (14/01)

Purple Sandpiper

single bird in with c30 Ringed Plover, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (11/01)

Redshank

six birds feeding, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (11/01)

Eider

16 birds (10 male, 6 female) off Raffin Bothies (DAH) (11/01)

Great Northern Diver

raft of five birds off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (11/01)

Fulmar

70+ birds on cliffs below Stoer Head Lighthouse with 40+ flying just off the cliffs (DAH) (11/01)

Sparrowhawk

female bird chasing and following single Snipe into reed beds at west end of Loch na Claise (DAH) (11/01)

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