August 12th 2020

The Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project (2020), which commenced on 9th July 2020, formed part of the successful bid by the Field Club to the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage. The project end date is 31st December 2020.

The full bid included proposals to: upgrade our existing website, which was launched in 2009; make more raw data regarding Assynt’s wildlife available in one location; encourage more contributions of records, then this final part is to produce maps showing the distribution of many of our species.

These maps will not only help illustrate where certain species occur, but just as importantly where they seem to be missing.

*Please bear with us regarding the records that appear over water; we need to produce each map then amend individual records that do not have accurate enough grid references, thank you.

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja

Grayling Hipparchia semele

Green-veined White Pieris napi

Large Heath Coenonympha tullia

Large White Pieris brassicae

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Peacock Aglais io

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Scotch Argus Erebia aethiops

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene

The above maps are current as of the end of 2019, but will be updated at the same time as the annual update of the Wildlife Records Digitisation Project spreadsheets.


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Recent Sightings

Common Gull

58 adults and 25 juvenile near Stoer cemetery (AS) (11/08)

Harbour Porpoise

Single animal Clashnessie bay (AS) (11/08)

Hen Harrier

Male bird east end of reeds at Loch na Claise (AS) (10/08)


27 birds feeding over reedbed at Loch na Claise (AS) (10/08)

Common Dolphin

100+ very active animals off Bay of Stoer (DAH) (10/08)


single bird low over Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH) (10/08)


single bird over Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH) (10/08)

Minke Whale

single animal way out from Bay of Stoer (DAH) (09/08)