Builders overcome tough challenges to upgrade Isle Martin Croft

Isle Martin Croft has been given a substantial upgrade, in part thanks to the local firm of builders who tackled the hefty challenges of working on a tiny island with no roads in order to make the improvements. The Croft has been mainly unoccupied for thirty years and suffered from damp and neglect. However after careful consideration Isle Martin Trust,

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

Calling all artists!

  We are looking for the right artist to take up the third of our residencies as part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Artist in Residence project. The project is led by the Assynt Foundation, and is available for practitioners who work in performance, audio visual or written or fine art practices. There are no limits being placed

Factfinding for a new deer larder for Glencanisp

As part of the CALLP Sustainable Deer Management Project, Claire Belshaw (Chair, Assynt Foundation), Romany Garnett (Quinag Conservation Officer, John Muir Trust) and Fiona Saywell (Education Manager, CALLP) are involved in the planning for a new deer larder to be installed at Glencanisp. As part of the process they visited the Lairg deer larder on a pre-Christmas visit. The visit

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

Hazel woods – a link to our past

An extract from the Atlantic Hazel Audit Report, by Roz Summers   As part of the now complete Atlantic Hazel Audit project. led by the Assynt Field Club, Roz Summers has written a comprehensive report of the work, and the findings, which makes fascinating reading. To give you a taster here’s an extract from the introduction to the report –

Corona Virus CALLP Update

The situation with the coronavirus has caused various discussion within the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) team and the Scottish Wildlife Trust with regards to local and national response, and immediately required, responsible action.  This has taken into consideration the wellbeing of the partners, the CALLP team and the wider community, as well as the commitment and ambition

What to Spot: March Edition

March sees our joint ‘Wildlife to Spot’ blog with Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) move on to a busy time of the year for lots of our wildlife. But, just before we get too excited, being this far north we can still expect to see this sort of thing for a while yet! This month sees a big increase

What to Spot: February Edition

February is a time when a lovely spring like day can encourage some flowers and animals to start emerging from their winter routines. Buds start to appear, reptiles come out to enjoy the few rays of sunshine, some flowers start to bloom and the birds start to sing. Already I have seen buds on hazel starting to break, flowers starting

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