The culture and prosperity of Coigach and Assynt has been linked to the sea for centuries but as sea health has diminished many of those links have been lost. This project builds on previous work undertaken, particularly that of the Highland Seashore Project, to give greater prominence to the local marine environment.

The project area includes the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area (MPA), designated in 2014, one of around 30 across Scotland. MPAs form part of a network of nature conservation sites around the Scottish coast aimed to protect and aide recovery of important habitats and species.

Several groups have been involved in developing the project. All have strong ties with the local community and a keen interest in marine issues.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Generate greater awareness and knowledge of Coigach and Assynt’s rich marine heritage and how people can engage more actively with it.
  • Build a greater appreciation and desire to protect this important asset from an environmental, social and economic perspective.

Project timeline

Related category

Project partners

Funding partners

Latest

A Beautiful Day for a Beach Clean!

A big thank you to those that turned out for our Badentarbert Beach clean on the 20th with High Life Highland Ranger Jenny. We couldn’t of asked for a better

Raffin: Part Three

August’s monthly volunteer day took place last week, a joint effort with the John Muir Trust Volunteers. The aim: to tackle the next bay south from Raffin. Unfortunately, it was

A Return to Raffin

June’s monthly volunteer day was held at Raffin Beach, caring out a second beach clean on the first strip of the beach and moving onto the second. The John Muir

Spring Clean Take 2: April Volunteer Day

As I arrived on site the heavens opened, ‘another wet beach clean’ I thought. I was wrong. By 11am the sun pushed through as volunteers started to arrive. We were

A Spring Clean for Culag Wood’s Beaches

This week we held a beach clean at Culag Woods, concentrating on the two beaches north of the White Shore. Although it had been beautiful sunshine all week, the grey

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

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 6:18pm