I made a quick visit to Eyre between the showers today to look closely at the Veronica beccabunga (Brooklime) as yesterday at Tormore I found some young plants which I thought were this. A specimen brought home also keyed out as this in The Vegetative Key to the British Flora. However, I wanted to compare the specimen with a known population and so took it to Eyre. Some plants were at the same stage as the ones at Tormore, but some were in full flower. Anyway,it is definitely the correct identification. There was also some nettle rust (Puccinia urticata), I think the first Raasay record.
Archive for May 14th, 2011
Sleat Community Trust is acquiring Tormore Forest. See
Nick Hodgetts and I went with Annabel Pendlebury to survey vascular plants (me) and bryophytes (Nick) yesterday in some of the ravines within the forest area.
Nick found about 110 bryophytes and I found 140 vascular plants. Neither of us found any great rarities but the ravines were quite rich and worthy of preservation during timber removal.
This is a Green-veined White (Pieris napi) on Heath-spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata):
and this is a Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia), only the third Skye record and my second record (thanks, Brian):
There was also my first Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) of the year and this is a hoverfly (a Syrphus) on a white bluebell.