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Heath or Mire? Bog or Swamp? Using Vegetation classifications with AFC

Last weekend I was lucky enough to join the Assynt Field Club (AFC) on their Training course on NVC Heaths and Mires identification, the funding of which was awarded in CALL’s Community Grant Scheme this year. It allowed AFC to bring in experts in the field Alison and Ben Averis to teach a training course to learn how to classify our heaths and bogs in order to look at how best to manage them or to evaluate their condition. NVC stands for National Vegetation Classification, developed in the 1980’s, and is the standard way to class vegetation types in Britain. It breaks down into many vegetation types, this course looking at heaths and mires only. There are 38 mire communities and 22 heath communities to decide on from the species of vegetation found in an area and their dominance. On day 1 we spent our time near Glencanisp Lodge, walking up the hill behind the walker’s carpark. Looking at the flora, lichens and liverworts we learned how to identify key species to help with classifications. This meant we could decide

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, November 7th, 2019 at 5:00pm

Ever wondered uses for rose hips other than collecting for Little Assynt Tree Nursery? Volunteer Griogair found a wealth of information and shared it with us. Enjoy!

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 5:10pm

Our Partner, John Muir Trust, are having an open day in Lochinver on the 14th November. Its your chance to speak to the people behind all the fantastic work on and around Quinag and beyond! No need to book and refreshments and home baking provided....

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 1:19pm

Lovely view of Ben Mor Coigach with its recent dusting of snow https://t.co/BANlhO3xAE

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 1:19pm

Beautiful colours here with the mountains fading into the distance https://t.co/SEqjN3487c

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