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

Black-throated Diver

Single bird, Clashnessie Bay (Peter Reynolds). May be the same bird as seen at Culkein Drumbeg on 21 January (23/01)

Guillemot

Two dead birds on beach, Bay of Balchladich (Peter Reynolds). This may be connected to the ongoing spate of similar incidents along the coast of Scotland & NE England. (23/01)

Rock Dove

30 birds on wires, Lochinver Main Street (Gwen Richards) (23/01)

Barn Owl

Single bird in flight, by Bone Caves car park, A837 (Carol Langford) (22/01)

Black-throated Diver

Single bird, Culkein Drumbeg (Peter Reynolds) (21/01)

Red-breasted Merganser

Two males and a single female, Culkein Drumbeg (Peter Reynolds) (20/01)

Kestrel

Single bird hovering, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (20/01)

Reed Bunting

Two males under bird feeders, Culkein Stoer (Kath Ainslie) (20/01)

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