February 22nd 2021

Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project

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

Assynt Bird Distribution Maps

Sadly we are not in a position to produce maps for all of the bird species that have been recorded in Assynt (236 at 3-12-2020). The species that have been mapped were selected for a variety of reasons from range expansion, e.g. Goldfinch to range contraction, e.g Yellowhammer.

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 Assynt Bird Distribution Maps will not only help illustrate where certain species occur, but just as importantly where they seem to be missing.

Greylag Goose Anser anser

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus

Curlew Numenius arquata

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

Goosander Mergus merganser

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Skylark Alauda arvensis

Sand Martin Riparia riparia

House Martin Delichon urbicum

Swallow Hirundo rustica

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Stonechat Saxicola torquata

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Dipper Cinclus cinclus

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

Yellowhammer Emberiza citronella

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

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Recent Sightings


Single animal in Culkein Drumbeg garden (DAH) (04/12)


Single female bird hunting, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (04/12)


Single male bird, Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (04/12)

Red-breasted Merganser

Six birds (three pair) Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (04/12)


200+ birds over trees Glen Canisp road (DAH) (02/12)


Single male bird flying over trees calling, Richarn (DAH) (02/12)


Single bird, Clachtoll beach shore (John Gilbertson) (02/12)

Herring Gull

c495 birds on and around the fish farm off Eilean a' Ghamhna, Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin (DAH) (01/12)