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

Goldfinch

c20 birds on garden trees, Drumbeg (Nancy Millar) (17/01)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Two separate reports of birds using peanut and fat ball feeders in gardens at almost opposite ends of Assynt. Single bird on peanut feeder, Elphin (Rosie Christmas) Single bird on fat ball feeder, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/01)

Goldcrest

Single bird foraging under garden feeders, Torbreck (Jack Wright) (14/01)

Dipper

Three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). At least one of these birds was singing. (12/01)

Goldeneye

Pair of birds, Loch Assynt, opposite Bad nam Carbad. (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards) (12/01)

Otter

Two animals observed playing and feeding for c.20 minutes, Loch Inver (Dave McBain) (12/01)

Goldcrest

Two birds foraging on the ground, Culag Woods (DAH) (12/01)

Treecreeper

Single bird foraging, Culag Woods (DAH) (12/01)

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