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

Whimbrel

Single bird in shallows at low tide, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (16/08)

Great Skua

Two birds drinking from freshwater streams on beach at low tide, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (16/08)

White-tailed Eagle

Single bird over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH).  Possibly same bird seen over Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Seven adult birds Clashnessie Bay and three Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (14/08)

Marsh Harrier

Juvenile bird quartering ground, Raffin area (DAH) (14/08)

Eider

Adult female with juvenile, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Four adult birds, Clashnessie Bay (Anne Nicol) (13/08)

Redshank

At least two birds calling but flying unseen in low mist over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (13/08)

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