Scottish Wildlife Trust Staff Conference 2019

This month we went to join colleagues at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Staff conference in Seamill, Ayrshire. It was a great two days where we got to catch up with other Living Landscape teams, head office staff and learn about other projects going on at the Trust. On day 1 Fiona and Laura held a workshop, a chance to slow down and show us your favourite wild space and experiment with artist supplies. Alongside the CALL workshop other colleagues had organised a range of other activities, allowing us to be a little childlike and learn tips and skills to take back to Coigach and Assynt. I myself joined the Wild Ways Well Team from Cumbernauld Living Landscape, enjoying a walk in nature and learning how to experience woodland and beaches in a more sensory way than just our eyes. For more information on Cumbernauld Living Landscape click here. Day 1 finished off with a quiz. Not to say we are competitive, but we came second! A great quiz set up by Cumbernauld and Trust Staff where each category was related


Hill to Grill 2019 finale: “The Apprentice meets The Great British Bake Off”

For the finale of this year’s Hill to Grill programme we were invited by Ullapool High School to come and sample the venison burger recipes designed and prepared by the pupils. The pupils spent a day creating a recipe, cooking, making packaging and designing a marketing campaign for their burgers. All their hard work was presented to a panel of four judges for scrutiny and questioning in the style of “The Apprentice meets The Great British Bake Off”.  There were several imaginative recipes and adverts, with the winning team producing a “Dragon Burger” a nicely balanced chilli burger and the strapline “It’s too good for this world!”. Other recipes included additional ingredients such as turmeric, cheese and wild garlic. Thank you to all of the S2 pupils for their hard work, the judges – Jo Munro from the Frigate Café in Ullapool, Ullapool High School parent Sue Pomeroy and CALLP’s Laura Traynor and Vickii Campen. Thank you also to Greenlees Butchers in Lochinver who supplied the venison mince for the food challenge and the burgers for the barbecue on the


Learning The Way!

By Katrina Martin, CALLP Education Manager (Job Share) Ever since I stepped into the role of Education Manager for the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Project I have been excited at the prospect of delivering an Outdoor Learning session themed around paths, especially given the variety of paths and access projects CALLP has. Like many of us, I enjoy going out for walks and accessing beautiful places. Yet until relatively recently I didn’t give a second thought to where I was placing my feet. A growing awareness has cultivated an appreciation for the impressively hard graft and the people involved in path work, which I feel is a valuable thing to share given that most of us find ourselves traversing footpaths at some point or another, and will be increasingly so in Coigach and Assynt! With the imminent completion of the Suilven path work, we were presented with a great opportunity to bring a path-themed Outdoor Learning day to fruition on a collaboration project with John Muir Trust Paths Project Officer, Chris Goodman, and the Assynt Foundation. For the past couple


Coordinator required for Habitat Monitoring Programme

Habitat Monitoring Programme Coordinator (£2,500) We are looking to appoint a Programme Coordinator to organise and administer the Habitat Monitoring programme within the Deer Management project as part of the CALL Partnership over the next 12 months. The Coordinator will be responsible for liaising with landowners, land managers, contractors and others involved in deer management in the CALL and wider West Sutherland Deer Management Group area to arrange the following: habitat monitoring training, GPS Training, putting together and distributing habitat monitoring packs for all participating estates, and helping to set up a system to display data from practical monitoring plots. Budget for Coordinator £2,500, inclusive of VAT if applicable and mileage. Additional budget is available for delivery of training and production costs relating to the habitat monitoring packs. The role is to be appointed on a part-time, self-employed basis and contract will be issued by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Contractors are expected to adhere to Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Standard Terms and Conditions for Suppliers, including holding appropriate insurance where applicable. The role is funded with thanks to players of the


Oral History Researcher Required

Oral History of Fishing in Coigach Researcher (£7,650) We are looking to contract an experienced Oral History researcher to record the present status of the fisheries and the remembered history and stories associated with the development of fishing around the Coigach peninsula following the first use of creels for catching prawns in the early 1970s and Salmon Fisheries in the 60s/70s. The project will seek to chart and record the evolution and progression of fishing practices and the livelihoods that these have supported over the last half century, in turn recording lessons learnt for contemporary management approaches. The work will be part of the Marine Project as part of the CALL Partnership and must be completed by 31st March 2019. The budget for this work is £7,650, inclusive of VAT if applicable. This budget includes production of materials as well as researcher’s time and mileage. A breakdown of the materials expected to be produced as part of this contract are listed in the full description. The role is to be appointed on a part-time, self-employed basis and contract will be issued


Two new vacancies with CALLP

We are delighted to announce that we have two opportunities for people to join our Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme staff team. These posts will be employed by The Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Scheme’s lead partner. Application forms and further details can be found on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website. Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 12th February 2018. Training, Events and Volunteer Co-ordinator Sustainable Crofting & Rural Projects Co-ordinator


New nature trail unveiled in Assynt

A new nature trail has been opened at Glencanisp Lodge in Assynt to formally launch one of Europe’s largest landscape scale conservation projects. The trail is part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme and has been created by the Assynt Foundation with funding from players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Scottish Rural Development Programme. The short trail passes through mixed woodland that surrounds Glencanisp Lodge and provides stunning elevated views of Suilven. It also links with the longer walks through the surrounding estate. It was officially opened on Saturday 3 June by Bella MacAskill, the youngest school pupil in the parish, and Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “This new nature trail is just part of a huge range of projects that are benefiting people and wildlife in Coigach and Assynt with the support of players of the National Lottery and many other funders. By working together the partners in this Living Landscape project are showing how to deliver conservation



 27th July 2016 Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership has secured funding worth £2.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from other funders, to enable delivery of a wide range of projects over the next five years. This support will enable Project Partners to deliver twenty eight projects that will collectively enhance the area’s natural, built and cultural heritage. Highlights include: creating and expanding native woodland, offering outdoor learning to all local schools, major repairs to the approach and summit paths of Suilven, and work to excavate and stabilise the Iron Age Clachtoll Broch. Jonathan Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “With these generous awards from HLF, the Lund Fund and many others, we now have the opportunity to achieve something very special for the landscapes, the wildlife and the communities of Coigach and Assynt. Through seeking to work in true partnership with local communities, neighbouring landowners and fellow conservation charities, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has already achieved so much more than it ever could by going it alone. Having been personally involved in this project from


Acheninver Hostel opens with Hearth Blessing

Lucy Graham, Head of Development. Susan Davies, Director of Conservation and Mark Foxwell, Senior Conservation Manager of Scottish Wildlife Trust join new tenants Ruth Bradley and Iain Simpson in ‘blessing of the hearth’, as the Acheninver Youth Hostel re-opens for business!


Stage 2 HLF Application Submitted

This morning Rich put all 7.44 kgs of our Stage Two Submission in the post to the Heritage Lottery Fund and have just now pressed submit on the online application form! As expressed in the application, this represents the culmination of over 5 years of work from a huge number of people and organisations. Of course this has intensified greatly over the last few weeks and months and we would like to express huge thanks in particular to Lucy Graham, Susan McKenzie and Steve Gardener at Scottish Wildlife Trust. Their hard work, expertise, guidance, support and good humour over this period and particularly the last couple of weeks has been instrumental in getting us to this momentous stage this morning. Thank you also to everyone locally for all your input, support and ongoing enthusiasm for the scheme, and particularly to Elaine and Fiona for all their hard work over the last 18 months.

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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!

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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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