ASSYNT AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE DISTRIBUTION MAPS

November 23rd 2020

Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project

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

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

Adder Vipera berus

Common Lizard  Zootoca vivipara

Common Toad  Bufo bufo

Common Frog Rana temporaria

Green Turtle Chelonia mydas

Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Loggerhead Turtle Caretta caretta

Palmate Newt Lissotriton helveticus

Slow worm Anguis fragilis

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

Greylag Goose

Eleven birds feeding on margins of frozen Loch an Aigeil (AS) (22/01)

Common Gull

Flock of 29 feeding on Stoer Green (AS) (21/01)

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)

Twite

26 birds at Split Rock, Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)

Fieldfare

Small flock of 20 at Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)

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)

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