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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 please just click their logo-
Quinag Wildlife Project: Sources of Information
Quinag related articles, etc. on AFC web-site (with dates posted)-
Water voles thriving at Quinag March 2nd 2012
Scribblings on an aspen twig [Lichens] June 12th 2015
Recording wintering waterbirdsJMT blog February 20th 2016
Reindeer food and an old cure for rabies [Lichens] JMT blog May 5th 2016
A walk up the Allt na Doire CuilinnMay 13th 2016
A peaceful time of year [Landscape] JMT blog February 5th 2017
Quinag’s treesApril 10th 2017
Courtship, singing and frenzied activity [Birds] JMT blog June 4th 2017
Spirit of the mountains [Golden eagles]JMT blog November 22nd 2017
Quinag-by-the-sea [Torr a’Ghamna] July 7th 2018
Orchids new to Assynt [Creeping Lady’s tresses] December 29th 2018
Creag Mhor, Quinag: an autumn expeditionJanuary 29th 2019
Rock Tripe on Quinag [Lichen Lasallia pustulata] December 24th 2019
A small corner of Quinag [Skiag Burn and Lochan Feoir] April 23rd 2020
A walk up the Unapool Burn, Quinag4th July 2020