Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT) August 2021

It has been just over 1 month since I returned from my woodland activity leader-training course. Otherwise known as WALT.  The training took place at Wild-Things! An environmental education charity based in Findhorn on the Moray coast. My colleague, Lucy, came with me for the 7- day course and we had a fantastic week. There were 10 participants on the

Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change Conference

On 18 August 2021 we held our free, virtual conference, Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change, to celebrate the end of our five years of National Heritage Lottery Funding. There were 24 presentations from partners and funders, sharing their learnings and the outcomes of their projects. Over 200 people from all over the UK and beyond registered for the event,

Wild fires in the Highlands – more of a problem than you think

There is something relaxing about sitting around a camp fire.  It does create a feeling of well being, sitting there chatting with friends and family and focussing on the flickering flames between you. For many who have been cooped up indoors for several months, the thought of getting into the great outdoors and being able to do something as basic

Our Living Landscape – Six weeks to go!

We are now in the final six weeks before our virtual conference ‘Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change’ on the 18th August. For those of you who haven’t visited, here is a little information on the scheme: “Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) is based in the far north west of Scotland and covers the largest area of any such

Postie’s Path upgrades make path better for walkers

by Michelle Henley, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves Project Officer A centuries-old route across the remote hills of Coigach, once used by the hardiest of postmen, was recently given a major upgrade to make it safer for all kinds of walkers for many years to come. The Postman’s path is a popular route which skirts the coastline around the Scottish Wildlife

Quinag’s wildlife and history in the spotlight

The John Muir Trust is working with the Assynt Field Club on a project to assemble and make available as much information as possible about the landscape and wildlife of Quinag, funded through the CALLP community grants scheme. They are also looking at  the human activities, past and present, that affect them. Where possible, they plan to summarise the lengthier

Sunlit eyes over Coigach and Assynt

The magnificent iolaire suile na grein – the eagles with the sunlit eye – are being spotted in the skies over Coigach and Assynt more regularly these days, over a century after the last birds were hunted to extinction in Scotland. A white-tailed, or sea eagle was seen flying over Culkein Drumbeg in mid-December, though it may well have been

Christmas 2020 with the OWL project

Our theme for December this year – Christmas of course!  Its been a very festive month for Lochinver and Achiltibuie Schools and where better to celebrate Christmas than outside in the cold and frosty air (well, we had a few soggy and windy days too!) Here are some of the activities the pupils and school staff have been helping us

Nature Printing Workshop a Success!

On the 12th November the Woodland Artisan Project hosted Nature printing with Anne Roberts in Achiltibuie. All that attended had a fantastic time. Here are some pictures of the wonderful prints created. Looks like it is a lot of fun and well worth a try!

The man (and woman) who plant trees*

Most of us have heard the phrase ‘from tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow’, but how many of us have thought what that means when taken literally? For Nick Clooney, however, the proverb basically describes his job! Nick manages Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape’s Little Assynt Tree Nursery, and just this week for example, Nick delivered 2,500 oak and hazel

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