YOUNG WILDCATS – and slow worms

March 10th 2019

Here is an account of the most recent Lochinver wildlife watch group exploits……….

“Lochinver Wildlife Watch group spent a great afternoon learning about slow worms and how to help them. We saw about ten slow worms. They were mostly males because they wake up first. We learned they are not snakes and neither slow nor worms, indeed they are legless lizards. Their main predator are domestic cats and they like to keep warm in compost heaps and under bits of tin. They have just woken up from hibernation. We spent the afternoon building the some shelters using old logs, bits of carpet and some sheets of tin.”

Lochinver Wildlife Watch Group

Bronia, Catherine, Corwin, Eilidh, Grace, Harry, James, Jamie, Lexie, Lucy, Sadie, Seamus, Vaughn

March 2019

Photographs show Lochinver Wildlife Watch Group learning about, and creating habitat for, slow worms with Andy Summers the Highlife Highland Countryside Ranger.

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Recent Sightings

Great Northern Diver

four birds, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (19/02)

Harbour Porpoise

two animals off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH) (13/02)

Redshank

three birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (13/02)

Curlew

15 birds flying between Stoer and Clachtoll (DAH) (13/02)

Pygmy Shrew - skull in owl pellet

skull of Pygmy Shrew, along with those of two Field Voles, found after examination of probable Tawny Owl pellet, Clachtoll Peat Track, Creag Clais nan Cruineachd (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans) (13/02)

Otter

single animal in Loch Inver opposite Spar shop (Ian and Jane Young) (12/02)

Barn Owl

single bird near Loch an Ordain, Clachtoll (Yates family) (12/02)

Stoat

single animals in Achnacarnin (Pam Mackenzie) and Raffin (Hilary Richardson) (11/02)

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