Two Field Club projects take shape

June 17th 2020

Two Field Club projects take shape

The Field Club is always looking for ways to engage with Assynt residents and visitors to further their appreciation of the wildlife that abounds throughout the area.

Two recent projects with that aim in mind have recently come to fruition. Well almost! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic they have both reached a point where progress has slowed or stalled until such time as it is safe to complete them.

First project

Over the winter of 2019-20 we engaged in a joint venture with Culag Community Woodland Trust (CCWT). This project was the commissioning and installation of several pieces of artwork depicting the Dragonflies and Damselflies that can be seen in the Culag Woods. The accompanying news item from CCWT has more information about this project along with photographs of the completed pieces.

Once they have been installed in Culag Woods we will be able to show more images of them in situ.

Second project

‘Sounds of Nature’ is the title of the second project being highlighted in this article.

Our website, while a great resource, is by necessity very visual with lots of text and images. The aim of this project is to record many of the sounds of Assynt’s wildlife and landscape and post the recordings on the website. We plan over time to build up an audio library that should make Assynt’s wildlife a bit more accessible to those with visual impairment or who are perhaps housebound.

A fuller introduction to this project is on our website at this link Sounds of Nature Project

David Haines

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Recent Sightings

Blackcap

single male bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Yellow-browed Warbler

single bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Slow-worm

single reptile spotted on Baddidarach to Achmelvich path (Ballal Mirza) (29/09)

Brent Goose

single light-bellied bird on rock in Clashnessie Bay (DAH). This bird had two coloured leg rings and we are trying to establish its history. Update 30-9-20 - we have heard back from the Irish Brent Goose Ringing Group and this bird was ringed as a juvenile in South Dublin in December 2019. (29/09)

Little Grebe

three birds, Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH) (29/09)

Sparrowhawk

single bird, probably juvenile, in 'dogfight' with Hooded Crow for over 10 minutes (Gwen Richards and Ian M. Evans) (29/09)

Viper's-bugloss (Echium vulgare)

single plant in fenced ground, Culkein Stoer (Ian M. Evans and Gwen Richards). First record of this plant in Assynt since 2006 (29/09)

Bar-tailed Godwit

single bird Bay of Culkein (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans) (29/09)

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