Assynt Naturalists

The Field Club has been efficient over the years at recording and making information available about Assynt’s wildlife. However, we have not been as diligent at providing information about our wildlife recorders!

This section of our website was created in January 2019 to help address this. We will use this page to put faces to some of those who have provided the ‘what, where and when’ during the history of the Field Club.

Sadly, by the nature of such a section, we are most likely to be providing obituaries of those naturalists who gave so freely and happily of their time and expertise. They have provided us all with a unique opportunity to gain a much fuller understanding and appreciation of Assynt’s Wildlife.

We also aim to acknowledge those who are still recording and reporting; we hope that this page will also be able to satisfy that ambition.

John Philip Blunt (1943-2011): An Appreciation [The Highland Naturalist 8, pp. 32-33 (May 2012)] (1.2MB docx + jpeg)

Patricia Anne Evans (1929-2015): Obituary [BSBI Yearbook 2016 pp. 95-99 (2016)] (260KB pdf)

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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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