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 LandscapeThursday, February 20th, 2020 at 5:01pm

Fancy getting out and about and helping the environment this Feb? Come and join us for our Monthly volunteer day; this month we are cleaning the beaches of Culag Woods. Meet at the Main carpark at 10am

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 6:18pm

Love the colours and energy in this, and having the person on a bike in there for scale! https://t.co/35WbkZDtsW

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 1:19pm

We're looking forward to @islemartin's Seaweed Festival in September and glad we can help out through our Marine Project.

Find out more about the festival at the launch at Ullapool Ferry Terminal, 28th Feb 6:30-7:30pm

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