Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2018)

Exploring the wildlife of Little Assynt                                                            

Introduction.  In October 2017 the Field Club was asked if it would like to join in a large funding bid to be made by the Culag Community Woodland Trust (CCWT).  The primary purpose was to finance further extensive fencing to prevent red deer accessing the core of the Trust’s land at Little Assynt, but there was also a biodiversity element.  It was suggested that this might include funds to complete the identification of invertebrates collected in the Malaise Trap operated by the Field Club on Loch na h-Innse Fraoich in 2010.  We have recently heard that the bid was successful.

The Malaise trapping was complementary to the Little Assynt Lochs Project carried out by Caroline Bowes in 2010 and the Quinag Lochs Project also carried out that year by Gwen Richards.

After reading the reports of the 2010 projects, we began to wonder how much recent information there was on the wildlife of Little Assynt.

Accordingly, the Committee of the Field Club agreed in March 2018, with the encouragement of the CCWT, to sponsor a Little Assynt Wildlife Project.  This would involve an audit of existing information, including that relating to the Loch Beannach Islands SSSI, the identification of obvious gaps, and some targeted fieldwork.

 

Fieldwork.  There have been three visits so far (see below), mainly focussed on the woodlands of Torr Mor, on the southern edge of Little Assynt.

Future fieldwork.  Two of the AFC field meetings later this year are on Little Assynt.  On Saturday 12th August 2018, Stephen Moran will be exploring the insect life of the eastern shores of Loch Beannach, as far round as Ruigh Coinich. On Sunday 16th September 2018, Bruce Ing will be leading a fungus foray along the Loop Path.  For further details see those dates on our Events page.

If you would be interested in helping with the Project please contact Ian Evans or Gwen Richards on assyntwildlife@gmail.com, thank you.

Little Assynt Wildlife Project (1) 26 January 2018

Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2) 29 March 2018

Little Assynt Wildlife Project (3) 8 April 2018

 

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Recent Sightings

Common Dolphin

seven animals off Bay of Stoer (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw) (20/07)

Black-headed Gull

three adults and one juvenile bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (20/07)

Oystercatcher

c35 Bay of Culkein (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw) (19/07)

Black-headed Gull

four adult birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (19/07)

Common Dolphin

small pod of around six animals off Clachtoll (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw) (18/07)

Cormorant

single adult bird catching and consuming an eel, Lochan Sgeireach (DAH) (18/07)

Oystercatcher

23 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (18/07)

Snipe

two birds calling near Loch Neil Bhain (DAH) (17/07)

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