Working together for wildlife

The Trust enlists the help of the Assynt Field Club and local community to find out more about the area’s hidden treasures

Quinag lichen experts 2015 detail

The Trust is collaborating with the Assynt Field Club on a year-long program designed to explore, record, identify and share the precious biodiversity on and around its Quinag estate in the North West Highlands of Scotland.

Quinag Conservation Officer Romany Garnett said: “The Quinag Wildlife Project aims to gather information about the landscape and wildlife of the area into a common digital format, that can be mapped as a resource to help future discussions on the management of the wild land we manage.

“As well as highlighting areas where information is lacking, and encouraging fieldwork in these areas, the Project will employ a data collector to retrieve information on Quinag. Field trips will also offer people the chance to learn basic recording skills.”

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

Assynt Field Club has a preliminary list of the sources of information on the landscape and wildlife of Quinag known to it. The Club’s Ian Evans (pictured on the left in the above photograph) said: “It is very much a work in progress and we would be grateful if you would send additions and corrections (including individual records) to my email.”

The project is also interested in receiving images from Quinag, to help build up a visual library of its landscape and wildlife.  Ian said: “We can try, but do not guarantee, to identify any subjects that puzzle you.”