Community-Led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project (2022)

Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project


In February 2022, members of the Field Club made a start on a contribution to the Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project.  The Project is a joint venture between local communities, NatureScot and Fauna and Flora International, supported by the William Grant Foundation.  Its aim is to encourage local participation in the collection of information about shoreline and inshore marine habitats and their wildlife. This will be a long term project, which should yield information about changes to the habitats and their wildlife, and will also identify any invasive species that might occur.

The beach at Clashnessie was chosen because it is easily accessible and has a good sample of the habitats found on local shorelines.  The precise site selected for initial study is at the eastern end of the beach (NC060311).  It starts in the tar lichen zone on the gneiss sea-cliffs and drops off sharply onto the sandy beach. It then cuts across the beach and through an extensive boulder bed into the kelp beds which appear at low tide.  

Clashnessie beach: First visit

Clashnessie Beach: a closer look

Clashnessie beach: Creatures and a Seaweed Puzzle



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Recent Sightings

Great Northern Diver

Six birds off Clachtoll (DAH) (05/12)

Whooper Swan

Two adult birds, Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH) (05/12)


Three 1st-winter birds still present on Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (02/12)

Little Grebe

Three birds, Loch Inver (DAH) (02/12)

Common Scoter

Three birds, Loch Inver (Stefan Taylor), still present the following day (DAH) (01/12)

Little Grebe

Two birds, Loch Inver (DAH) (30/11)

Mixed Gulls

69 Common Gulls, 13 Great Black-backed Gulls, 9 Herring Gulls, and a single Black-headed Gull, all resting on sand at Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (29/11)

Red-breasted Merganser

Two birds (a pair) Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (29/11)