Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project (2020)

Assynt Wildlife Mapping Project

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

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.

We will be creating two map styles. Those which will become available on our website will be based on Google Maps and will allow the individual record to be accessed. A second set of maps will be created using DMAP software.

This second set of maps will not be interactive as they are being created for use in a planned future set of information leaflets covering a number of Assynt’s more accessible wildlife species.

As the interactive maps become available links to them will appear on this page.

Butterfly Distribution Maps

Dragonfly and Damselfly Distribution Maps

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

Blackcap

single male bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Yellow-browed Warbler

single bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Slow-worm

single reptile spotted on Baddidarach to Achmelvich path (Ballal Mirza) (29/09)

Brent Goose

single light-bellied bird on rock in Clashnessie Bay (DAH). This bird had two coloured leg rings and we are trying to establish its history. Update 30-9-20 - we have heard back from the Irish Brent Goose Ringing Group and this bird was ringed as a juvenile in South Dublin in December 2019. (29/09)

Little Grebe

three birds, Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH) (29/09)

Sparrowhawk

single bird, probably juvenile, in 'dogfight' with Hooded Crow for over 10 minutes (Gwen Richards and Ian M. Evans) (29/09)

Viper's-bugloss (Echium vulgare)

single plant in fenced ground, Culkein Stoer (Ian M. Evans and Gwen Richards). First record of this plant in Assynt since 2006 (29/09)

Bar-tailed Godwit

single bird Bay of Culkein (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans) (29/09)

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