One of the many things that attracts anglers to Assynt is the scenery, natural history and wildlife. Anglers will often access areas - such as remote lochs - that other walkers and visitors miss. And the often quite nature of the activity means that anglers can spot things others will simply miss.

Assynt is home to a vast array of species, flora and fauna - please follow this link for more information:

Help the Local Ranger Service

Anglers see lots of things when they are out fishing - birds, reptiles, flora or mammals. Everything from black throated divers to otters to small lizards and orchids are frequently spotted.

This information will help inform the research but also the Assynt Ranger Service lead by Andy Summers, the local ranger. For more information on the wildlife of Assynt, contact the Highland Council Ranger Service on 01571 844654 or email

You can record what you saw, where you saw it and when you saw it by completing our Wildlife Sighting Form

You can browse our reported sightings on the Wildlife Sightings page.


Black Throated Diver - pdf coverCare and Conduct - Black Throated Divers

Care must be taken by anglers not to disturb or harm wildlife. Some species require particular care, especially when breeding.

There is specific advice to be followed on Black Throated Divers so why not download our information and advice leaflet before going fishing.

There are also a number of simple measures every angler should take:

  • Apart from the odd fly lost in the heather, or sections of line broken by a monster trout, you should take everything back with you.
  • Do not leave any line, rubbish, food waste or other material behind.
  • When walking in the hills, proceed with care - you don’t know what is around the next corner.
  • Keep off islands in the lochs, some are havens for rare birds.
  • Don’t disturb the natural landscape.