July 26th 2023

Andy Summers, the Highlife Highland Countryside Ranger and Assynt Field Club held their annual evening cetacean watch at Stoer Head Lighthouse today. It was a sunny evening and the sea was by no means flat calm. The 100 or so people that turned up were treated to the following sightings-

Harbour Porpoise x 2, Risso’s Dolphin x 3 (mother and calf plus another single adult), numerous Common Dolphins, and at least three Humpback Whales that were breaching and creating massive splashes that could be clearly seen with the naked eye.

A very enjoyable evening, and a massive thank you to all the Assynt residents and visitors that came along.

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Recent Sightings

Manx Shearwater

27 birds off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH) (16/06)

Harbour Porpoise

Mother and calf off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Small Magpie moth (Anania hortulata)

Single moth in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This is only the second ever record of this micro moth in the West Sutherland recording area, VC108. The first record was on 1st June this year in the garden of the County Moth Recorder in Melvich on the north coast. However, this does make it the first ever record for Assynt. Photo Gallery - Moths. (14/06)

Golden Plover

Eight birds over Clachtoll (DAH) (13/06)


Single bird flying over garden, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly, Nedd (Stefan Taylor) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly recently emerged at Glen Leraig (AS) (11/06)

Barn Owl

Single bird hunting over croft land, near Stoer primary school (Jane Livingstone) (11/06)