ASSYNT LAND MAMMAL DISTRIBUTION MAPS

October 24th 2020

Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project

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

Assynt Land Mammal 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 land mammal distribution maps will not only help illustrate where certain species occur, but just as importantly where they seem to be missing.

American Mink Neovison vison

(European) Badger Meles meles

Bank Vole Myodes glareolus

Bats Chiroptera

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus

Common Shrew Sorex araneus

Field Vole Microtus agrestis

(Red) Fox Vulpes vulpes

Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

Mole Talpa europaea

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus scoticus

(Eurasian) Otter Lutra lutra

Pine Marten Martes martes

Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus

Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Red Deer Cervus elaphus

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

Sika Deer Cervus nippon

Stoat Mustela erminea

Water Shrew Neomys fodiens

Water Vole Arvicola amphibius

Weasel Mustela nivalis

Wildcat (and Hybrid Feral Cat) Felis silvestris

Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus

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

Long-tailed Tit

Six birds moving through trees on River Inver path (DAH) (04/03)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Single bird near Lochinver end of River Inver path (DAH) (04/03)

Golden Plover

15 birds at Clachtoll (AS) (04/03)

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Single butterfly in Lochinver feeding on dandelion (George Shaw) (04/03)

Reed Bunting

Two birds using garden feeder until disturbed by Sparrowhawk, Achnacarnin (Jean Cousens) (03/03)

Ringed Plover

12 birds, Stoer Beach (Carol Langford) (02/03)

Pipistrelle Bat

Single animal flying around garden area, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (02/03)

Tawny Owl

Single bird calling at 4.15am, Nedd (Ian Evans) (02/03)

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