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 Amphibian and Reptile Distribution 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

Kestrel

Single bird hunting near Calda House, Loch Assynt (DAH) (11/01)

Jackdaw

30+ birds, Elphin (DAH) (11/01)

Treecreeper

Single bird in birch woodland, Torbreck (Michael Rochester) (10/01)

Pied Wagtail

Single male bird feeding along strand line, Bay of Culkein (DAH). This is a very early record for this species. Last year the first record was 1st February, and that was early. (09/01)

Turnstone

Ten birds feeding in beached seaweed, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (09/01)

Barnacle Goose

33 birds feeding on croft, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

Kestrel

Single bird hunting, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

Redwing

Seven birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

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