Quinag Wildlife Project (2020)

Quinag Wildlife Project (2020)

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


The Quinag Wildlife Project (2020) is an exciting collaboration between Assynt Field Club (AFC) and the John Muir Trust (JMT) and its aims are as follows:

1. to gather all the available information on the landscape and wildlife of the Quinag estate into a common digital format, to work toward a capacity to map this information using GIS, to make it more accessible, and to facilitate its use in future discussions on the management of the estate.

2. to draw attention to aspects of the landscape and wildlife for which information is lacking and to encourage fieldwork in these areas.

3. to communicate and promote interest in and understanding of the landscape and wildlife, through regular illustrated articles on the AFC and JMT web-sites, via other media, and through activities such as field meetings, workshops and work with local young people.

It will employ a data collector to retrieve information on Quinag.  Field trips will also be organized to offer people the chance to enjoy wildlife in company with others and to learn basic recording skills.

The project, which will run until 30th June 2021, mirrors the Little Assynt Wildlife Project, set up in 2018 in partnership with the Culag Community Woodland Trust.

The Field Club has compiled a preliminary list of the sources of information on the landscape and wildlife of Quinag known to it.  It is very much a work in progress and we would be grateful for additions and corrections (including individual records), which may be sent, initially, to Ian Evans at ian.evans.nedd@gmail.com.

The Field Club is also interested in receiving copies of images from Quinag, to help build up a visual library of its landscape and wildlife.  They should be accompanied by details of subject, date and place (with at least a four-figure grid reference) and photographer, with permission for their future use.  Single images at up to 1MB may be sent direct to Ian Evans, but it would be helpful if prior notice is given in the case of multiple images (owing to the deficiencies of local broadband).  We can try, but do not guarantee, to identify any subjects that puzzle you.

Map showing extent of the Quinag estate

To find out more about the work JMT carry out on Quinag

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Quinag Wildlife Project – Information Sources

Quinag related articles, etc. on AFC web-site (with dates posted)-

Water voles thriving at Quinag (2nd March 2012)

Scribblings on an aspen twig (12th June 2015)

Recording wintering waterbirds (JMT blog 20th February 2016)

Reindeer food and an old cure for rabies (JMT blog 5th May 2016)

A walk up the Allt na Doire Cuilinn (13th May 2016)

A peaceful time of year (JMT blog 5th February 2017)

Quinag’s trees (10th April 2017)

Courtship, singing and frenzied activity (JMT blog 4th June 2017)

Spirit of the mountains (JMT blog 22nd November 2017)

Quinag-by-the-sea (7th July 2018)

Orchids new to Assynt (29th December 2018)

Creag Mhor, Quinag: an autumn expedition (29th January 2019)

Rock Tripe on Quinag (24th December 2019)

A small corner of Quinag (23rd April 2020)

Quinag Lochs Project – A Study of Aquatic Invertebrate Communities (7th June 2020)

Exploring Quinag: Allt na Bradhan (13th January 2021)


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Recent Sightings


c20 birds on garden trees, Drumbeg (Nancy Millar) (17/01)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Two separate reports of birds using peanut and fat ball feeders in gardens at almost opposite ends of Assynt. Single bird on peanut feeder, Elphin (Rosie Christmas) Single bird on fat ball feeder, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/01)


Single bird foraging under garden feeders, Torbreck (Jack Wright) (14/01)


Three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). At least one of these birds was singing. (12/01)


Pair of birds, Loch Assynt, opposite Bad nam Carbad. (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards) (12/01)


Two animals observed playing and feeding for c.20 minutes, Loch Inver (Dave McBain) (12/01)


Two birds foraging on the ground, Culag Woods (DAH) (12/01)


Single bird foraging, Culag Woods (DAH) (12/01)