The Atlantic Hazel woods are one of Scotland’s most ancient woodlands, and they are likely to have been present in the project area for over 9,500 years. People have made use of the hazel resource in Coigach and Assynt in many ways over thousands of years. They are important for a whole range of connected species but in recent years their condition has suffered, for a variety of reasons. We know that many of the old hazel stools show little or no regeneration; they are aging and will die if not protected from grazing.

The aims of this project are to:

  • Identify the extent, location and condition of hazel woods remaining in Coigach and Assynt.
  • Map and catalogue all major stands of hazel.
  • Assign an index of importance based on the presence/absence of key indicator species and assign an index of the threats each stand faces.

In doing so we hope to raise the profile of this important habitat locally and further afield, promote a better understanding of the habitat and instil a sense of pride and local identity, which together with having a better understanding of the health and condition of this habitat will allow for better decisions about future management to be made.

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A Liking for Lichen

Last week I spent my time wandering around woodlands learning about the Lichens that are associated with out Atlantic Hazel Woodlands. Along side the Assynt Field Club, we were joined

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, November 22nd, 2019 at 5:00pm

🎂🎉Tonight is the night we have been waiting for! Come and join quizmasters Vickii and Laura for a great night testing your knowledge, having laughs and celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery. Starting at 7:30pm, Lochinver Village Hall, teams up to 6. Free entry...

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, November 21st, 2019 at 5:10pm

Here is a little sneak peak at some of the contents in our two local produce and craft prize baskets for the quiz tomorrow. For a chance to win come along and test your knowledge on Coigach and Assynt. Free event with a lottery ticket!...

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, November 21st, 2019 at 1:19pm

Great night time footage of Assynt's wildlife https://t.co/hqygWuqZma