Hedgehogs still present in Assynt

January 4th 2017

One of my (few) good resolutions this year was to back-track through accumulated correspondence, tying up loose ends and filing information where there is a faint hope I may find it again.

On 23rd October 2016 Clarinda Chant e-mailed to some Field Club members two sightings, by her husband Chris, of hedgehogs in Assynt, and I have just realised how significant they are.

During July he saw one walking up their drive at Strathan (NC0820), and in August another crossing the road on the Ledmore side of Elphin (NC2212).

The last record I had logged was one seen by Chris Pellant crossing the road at Inverkirkaig (NC0719) on 9th September 2008. It was thought that it might have been the progeny of some imported to that area from the Uists, as was another seen at Inverkirkaig by Sidney Odd in October 2005. However, on 10th May 2008, Gwen Richards had seen one in Baddidarroch (NC0822), her ‘first in Assynt in over 20 years’.

It appears that hedgehogs are still present in the parish, though probably in smaller numbers than during the 1990s and earlier. So, if you see one, or hear of anyone else who has, please let me know (assyntwildlife@gmail.com).

Ian Evans
[4.1.2017]

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