YOUNG WILDCATS – Catch me if you CAM

February 16th 2018

They were on a mission: To find and photograph the shy and nocturnal animals living in and around the school grounds. The children of Lochinver Primary were right up for this challenge and over the next six weeks set up a trail camera in the Culag Community Woods. They hid the camera deep in the undergrowth and far from the normal footpaths and left some bait to lure animals close in. Then they waited. The camera was designed to be triggered by the body heat and motion of any passing animal or bird

Each week they tried different food baits. The results were stunning. They photographed and filmed red deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, pine martens and wood mice. They caught in the camera several dogs and on the final week a very strange visitor! Lexy said “ it was very exciting going each week to see what we had recorded”. Seamus said “he did not believe there were so many animals living so close to Lochinver primary”.

All the sightings and data collected by the children have been sent to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas Scotland.

The project was part of a trial being conducted by twenty primary schools across the Highlands lead by Dr Keri Langridge from Scottish Wildcat Action and supported by the Highlife Highland Rangers and funded the global conservation charity Earthwatch an organisation that empowers people to save our planet through hands-on science. The children of Lochinver Primary are now waiting anxiously to see if any of their photographs has won in the competition for the best photo as judged by Gordon Buchanan.

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Recent Sightings

Manx Shearwater

27 birds off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH) (16/06)

Harbour Porpoise

Mother and calf off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Small Magpie moth (Anania hortulata)

Single moth in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This is only the second ever record of this micro moth in the West Sutherland recording area, VC108. The first record was on 1st June this year in the garden of the County Moth Recorder in Melvich on the north coast. However, this does make it the first ever record for Assynt. Photo Gallery - Moths. (14/06)

Golden Plover

Eight birds over Clachtoll (DAH) (13/06)

Peregrine

Single bird flying over garden, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly, Nedd (Stefan Taylor) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly recently emerged at Glen Leraig (AS) (11/06)

Barn Owl

Single bird hunting over croft land, near Stoer primary school (Jane Livingstone) (11/06)

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