Christmas 2020 with the OWL project

Our theme for December this year – Christmas of course!  Its been a very festive month for Lochinver and Achiltibuie Schools and where better to celebrate Christmas than outside in the cold and frosty air (well, we had a few soggy and windy days too!) Here are some of the activities the pupils and school staff have been helping us

Nature Printing Workshop a Success!

On the 12th November the Woodland Artisan Project hosted Nature printing with Anne Roberts in Achiltibuie. All that attended had a fantastic time. Here are some pictures of the wonderful prints created. Looks like it is a lot of fun and well worth a try!

The man (and woman) who plant trees*

Most of us have heard the phrase ‘from tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow’, but how many of us have thought what that means when taken literally? For Nick Clooney, however, the proverb basically describes his job! Nick manages Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape’s Little Assynt Tree Nursery, and just this week for example, Nick delivered 2,500 oak and hazel

Hazel woods – a link to our past

An extract from the Atlantic Hazel Audit Report, by Roz Summers   As part of the now complete Atlantic Hazel Audit project. led by the Assynt Field Club, Roz Summers has written a comprehensive report of the work, and the findings, which makes fascinating reading. To give you a taster here’s an extract from the introduction to the report –

What to Spot All Year!

May marks our year of What to Spot finished. Below I have placed all the blogs together so you can view the months more easily that trawling through all the blogs! We will keep updating with more spots from Coigach to add to the Assynt Field Club records. If you have any suggestions for species that should be included please

What to Spot: April Edition

Well, here we are with our final ‘what to spot’ blog. That’s a full year of wildlife for you to look out for in the Coigach and Assynt area. We have really enjoyed this collaboration and hope you have too. This month should see a few bumblebees on the move, these will be queens that have hibernated over the winter

Tapping into Nature: Woodland Artisan Courses

Guest Blog from our course leader Chris on the recent Birch Sap course. As I slowly get to know other wood carvers around the country I’m becoming aware that everyone has their speciality – some people make spoons, others cups, some people make incredibly intricate wooden jewellery while others build houses out of logs. This has got me wondering what

What to Spot: March Edition

March sees our joint ‘Wildlife to Spot’ blog with Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) move on to a busy time of the year for lots of our wildlife. But, just before we get too excited, being this far north we can still expect to see this sort of thing for a while yet! This month sees a big increase

What to Spot: February Edition

February is a time when a lovely spring like day can encourage some flowers and animals to start emerging from their winter routines. Buds start to appear, reptiles come out to enjoy the few rays of sunshine, some flowers start to bloom and the birds start to sing. Already I have seen buds on hazel starting to break, flowers starting

January Volunteer Day

What better way to start the year than to take a wander in Culag woods and do a bit of maintenance as we go. We strolled off to try and protect trees that were planted by the primary school kids a few years ago. All are growing strong but unfortunately the tree guards are now too short, and the deer

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