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Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) 2015

The table below provides a list of all the unclaimed Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) squares in the Highland Branch area, which will enable people to easily see if there is a vacant square near them. To simplify the task of finding a square near you, I have listed the geographical region of each square and, in a few cases, the name of the island it is on. I have also listed a nearby place name for each one, though in the case of the more remote squares this may not narrow its location down by much! Finally, I have attempted to give an indication of the accessibilty of each square -- some have roads running through them, some have forestry tracks or paths, some have a road or track in an adjacent square, and others are completely in the middle of nowhere.

 

If one (or more than one!) of these squares appeals to you then please get in touch with me at wcbs@highland-butterflies.org.uk and I can send you a map of the square and the survey instructions.

 

We will try to ensure that the table is kept up-to-date, so that only the vacant squares are listed. If you have taken on a square but find yourself unable to survey it, please let me know so that we can add that square back on to the list.

 

Similarly, if you are interested in taking part in the WCBS but you don't see a square near you then please contact me anyway, so that I can let you know if a nearby square becomes vacant. And even if no vacancies come up then I can ask Butterfly Conservation HQ if they have an extra, back-up square in your area that you could take on.

  

--Ewan Munro, WCBS Champion, Highland Branch.



Square Region Nearest Place of Note Accessibility
NJ4064 Banffshire Portgordon Road
NJ4953 Banffshire Keith Road
ND0665 Caithness Westfield Road
ND3356 Caithness Wick Road
NC9824 Caithness/East Sutherland Boundary Morven! Track up Langwell Water then
3-4km off road
NH3736 East Inverness-shire Struy/Cannich Road
NH4046 East Inverness-shire Glen Orrin Track in adjacent square
NH6221 East Inverness-shire Errogie Track in adjacent square
NH6826 East Inverness-shire East Croachy Track in adjacent square
NH8646 East Inverness-shire Cawdor Track
NC3441 East Sutherland Glen Oykel Track 2 squares over
NC4218 East Sutherland Loch Shin A nice, long, boggy walk!
NC5120 East Sutherland Loch Shin Not far from road
NC7012 East Sutherland Strath Brora Remote
NH7295 East Sutherland Dornoch Track in adjacent square
NH2796 Easter Ross Oykel Bridge/Ullapool Very remote
NH6585 Easter Ross Struie Road
HY5005 Orkney - Mainland Kirkwall Road
ND2490 Orkney - Hoy Longhope Track 2 squares over
ND2496 Orkney - Hoy Rackwick Remote
NA9924 Outer Hebrides - Lewis Timsgarry Road
NB3315 Outer Hebrides - Lewis Loch Seaforth Road in adjacent square
NF8468 Outer Hebrides - North Uist Langass Not too bad
HU3635 Shetland - West Burra Hamnavoe Road
HU5140 Shetland - Bressay Road
NG2753 Skye Waternish Road
NG3960 Skye Earlish Road
NG4234 Skye Trynoch Track 2 squares over
NG6911 Skye Isleornsay Road
NH9619 Strathspey Boat of Garten Road
NJ1533 Strathspey Bridge of Avon Track
NJ1534 Strathspey Bridge of Avon Road
NJ1740 Strathspey Knockando Road
NJ3158 Strathspey Fochabers Road
NN5796 Strathspey Spey Dam Track
NN6585 Strathspey Dalwhinnie Road in adjacent square
NG8901 West Inverness-shire Knoydart Extremely remote
NH2603 West Inverness-shire Invergarry Track
NH3003 West Inverness-shire Invergarry Track
NM5753 West Inverness-shire Bunavullin Track
NM7367 West Inverness-shire Acharacle Remote
NM8297 West Inverness-shire Knoydart Extremely remote
NN2787 West Inverness-shire Glen Roy/Glen Gloy Track in adjacent square
NC1520 West Sutherland Lochinver Path
NC1833 West Sutherland Kylesku/Nedd Road
NC2345 West Sutherland Laxford Junction Road in adjacent square
NC2547 West Sutherland Laxford Junction Road in adjacent square
NC2829 West Sutherland Glen Coull Boat would be useful!
NC7147 West Sutherland Strathnaver Road
NB9614 Wester Ross Reiff Road
NB9713 Wester Ross Reiff/Altandhu Road
NB8886 Wester Ross Aultbea Track
NG9134 Wester Ross Stromeferry Path
NG9834 Wester Ross Killilan Track
NH0347 Wester Ross Achnashellach Path
NH0870 Wester Ross Kinlochewe Very remote
NH1062 Wester Ross Kinlochewe Less remote
NH1084 Wester Ross Dundonnell Track
NH1110 Wester Ross Loch Cluanie Road
NH1376 Wester Ross Braemore Road 2 squares over
NH1796 Wester Ross Ullapool Track in adjacent square
NH2191 Wester Ross Leckmelm Track
NH2283 Wester Ross Inverlael Path, though at lower level
than most of square
NG9611 Wester Ross/West Inverness Boundary Glen Shiel Path, but site is right across
south Glen Sheil ridge
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