ASSYNT DRAGONFLY – DAMSELFLY DISTRIBUTION MAPS

September 11th 2020

Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project

This Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage

Assynt Dragonfly – Damselfly Distribution Maps

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

Azure Hawker Dragonfly Aeshna caerulea

Black Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum danae

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum

Common Hawker Dragonfly Aeshna juncea

Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

*Highland Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum nigrescens

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

*Previously known, in the Highland area, as the Highland Darter Sympetrum nigrescens the latest DNA research states that these are a dark morph of Sympetrum striolatum (Common Darter), the darker colouring benefiting survival in a colder, northern climate.

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

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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