About Assynt Field Club

About Assynt Field Club

Assynt Field Club was founded in 1986 and has over 100 members.

Our Club is an unincorporated association, and we aim to encourage the study and enjoyment of Assynt’s wildlife, landscape and geology.  We have a programme of talks and other events during the winter and field trips in the summer.

As you can read below our members continue to participate in a variety of surveys, many of which have resulted in reports or publications.

Membership of the Field Club is free and open to all, whether resident or visitor, with funds raised by donations at meetings and from the sale of publications.  All of our members are contacted in the spring and autumn with our programme of events.

Committee and contact

The Committee of the Club consists of three Officers elected annually,  Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, and six other members.  Currently, these are:

Chairman: Andy Summers 01571 844654

Secretary: Gwen Richards 01571 844032

Treasurer: Bill Badger 01571 855202

Committee Members: Vickii Campen, Clarinda Chant, Ian Evans, Romany Garnett, David Haines, 1 vacancy

Membership of the Field Club is administered by our Membership Co-ordinator Romany Garnett. If you would like to become a member of Assynt Field Club please contact Romany at assyntwildlife@gmail.com or telephone 01571 855214 to be added to our electronic mailing list.

Wildlife records are co-ordinated by Ian Evans at assyntwildlife@gmail.com

Achievements

Surveys undertaken and reports and publications produced by the Club include:

Amphibian Survey (1993)

Assynt Nature Calendar (1995, 1996)

Garden Bird Survey (1997-present) More information here Assynt Field Club Garden Bird Survey

Birds of Assynt (1998; 3rd edition 2004, price £2.80)

Assynt Cetacean Survey (1998, 1999)

Muirburn in Assynt Project (2004-06) More information here Muirburn in Assynt Project (2004-06)

Quinag Lochs Project (2010) More information here Quinag Lochs Project Final Report –

A Study of Aquatic Invertebrate Communities

Assynt Seashore Project (2015-16) More information here Assynt Seashore Project 2015-16

British Trust for Ornithology’s Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (2015-16) More information here Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (2015-16)

Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2018) More information here Little Assynt Wildlife Project (2018)

Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project (2018-19) More information here Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project (2018-19)

Quinag Wildlife Project (2020) More information here Quinag Wildlife Project (2020)

Sounds of Nature Project (2020) More information here Sounds of Nature Project (2020)

The Club is also affiliated to the Highland Biological Recording Group, and is represented on the Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group. We collect wildlife records from throughout Assynt and our members have contributed to a number of special projects.  These include the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan (2003), the Sutherland Marine Audit: Pilot Study (2009) and a survey of freshwater habitats on the Little Assynt Estate.

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Recent Sightings

Scotch Argus Butterfly

Single in garden at Baddidaroch Road, Lochinver (AS) (07/08)

Hen Harrier

Single ringtail (female or juvenile male)at Loch na Claise, (Andrew MacKenzie) (06/08)

Common Dolphin

50+ very active animals long way out from Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (06/08)

Fulmar

five well grown downy chicks on cliffs around Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (06/08)

Shag

200+ birds on rocks below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (06/08)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

two adult birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH) (05/08)

Curlew

three birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH) (05/08)

Goosander

single immature bird on River Kirkaig (DAH) (05/08)

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