Greenshank Study

June 8th 2022

Greenshank Study

As part of their long term study of Greenshank, Tringa nebularia, in North Assynt, two volunteers have been traveling here each May. This year (2022) Andrew Shaw and Wayne Bradbury have shared with us a short summary of their most recent findings.

They identified four possibly occupied territories in their survey area. One nest was located on 18th May and found to contain four chicks. The confiding female in this territory was the same bird which nested in 2021 forty metres from this year’s site.

On 19th May the nest of a second pair was found approximately 700 metres away. This nest also contained four eggs in an advanced state of hatching. A return visit on 20th May revealed four young in the nest.

Greenshank are Schedule 1 species for the purposes of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). As such, it is an offence to disturb (includes photographing) them at or near a nest. Andrew and Wayne can carry out their survey work and take photographs at the nests as they have both been issued with a licence by NatureScot to do so. All data gathered by this research is shared with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

We thank Andrew and Wayne for this short summary and allowing us to use their amazing photographs from this year’s visits.

We remind readers that you need a licence to photograph these birds at the nest.


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Recent Sightings

White-tailed Eagle

Single bird over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH).  Possibly same bird seen over Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Seven adult birds Clashnessie Bay and three Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (14/08)

Marsh Harrier

Juvenile bird quartering ground, Raffin area (DAH) (14/08)


Adult female with juvenile, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Four adult birds, Clashnessie Bay (Anne Nicol) (13/08)


At least two birds calling but flying unseen in low mist over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (13/08)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Single adult bird, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (13/08)

Harbour Porpoise

Three animals off Clachtoll Broch (DAH) (13/08)