The Big Freeze in Assynt

December 8th 2010

The Big Freeze in Assynt

On 26th November 2010 the temperature plumeted and the snow started falling. Apart from a brief thaw around the 4th December, Assynt (and most of Scotland) has been in the grip of freezing white-out conditions.

The snow has not been very thick here but the cold temperatures (minimum -12°C) have resulted in disruption to schooling and made journeys dangerous and difficult. The wildlife has been very hard hit, and we would urge everyone to keep feeding the garden birds.

However the landscape has been transformed to a winter wonderland. Here are some photographs taken during this (now?) exceptional, but amazing spell of weather.


Words and photos A. Summers

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Single bird hovering between road and waterfall, Clashnessie (Neil McCrimmon) (26/11)

Fieldfare and Redwing

A mixed flock of c30 fieldfare and c10 redwing in tall aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans). Mixed flock of 200+ birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (23/11)


Single bird by River Inver, Brackloch (Carol Langford) (22/11)


Single hen bird in back garden, Nedd (Ian Evans).  Rarely seen in this part of Assynt (21/11)

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Single bird, Bay of Stoer (John Gilbertson) (21/11)

Redwing and Fieldfare

c80 birds in a mixed flock flying over the B869 by Rhicarn (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)


Single bird in tree overhanging river Inver, Little Assynt (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)


Single bird hovering by roadside, Inchnadamph (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)