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

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.

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

Rock Dove

40 on croft near Clachtoll campsite (AS) (21/10)

Snipe

6 near reedbed at Clachtoll (AS) (20/10)

Otter

single animal in marshy area, Clachtoll (Duncan Orr-Ewing) (20/10)

Common Dolphin

two animals off Clachtoll (Duncan Orr-Ewing) (20/10)

Winter Thrushes

two Redwing and a single Fieldfare, Clachtoll (Duncan Orr-Ewing). The first record as the thrushes start to arrive in Assynt and eat the Rowan berries. (20/10)

Red-necked Grebe

single bird still present in Loch Inver (Gwen Richards and Duncan Orr-Ewing) (19/10)

Merlin

single birds at Clachtoll and Clashnessie (Duncan Orr-Ewing) (19/10)

Golden Plover

two birds, Clachtoll (Duncan Orr-Ewing) (18/10)

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