I shall be leading a walk on Skye for SWT Skye Members’ Centre on Tuesday 26th June when we will visit the Fairy Glen area. There are some interesting records such as Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass) and some Hawkweeds, but very few records at all in the past thirty years.
The Threatened Plants Project only requires me to look at Alchemilla wichurae (a Lady’s-mantle) this year but Heather McHaffie at RBGE is after specimens for DNA of various species in VC104 such as Koenigia islandica (Iceland Purslane) and Poa glauca (Glaucous Meadowgrass), so I shall see what I can do.
The recent description of Hymenophyllum x scopulorum, the hybrid between H. wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern) and H. tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) leads me to look for it on Skye as the two parents grow together not far from Sconser where the Raasay ferry goes.
There are also numerous old records to look for and some recent teasers like Arum maculatum (Lords-and Ladies) plus the usual tetrad-bashing in the hope of eventually covering the whole vice-county.