Beinn na Caillich

Today I climbed Beinn na Caillich (Hill of the Old Woman), one of the red Cuillins and a gentle 732m.  First, however, I botanised along the Allt Beinn Deirge and re-found a 1972 record for Dryas octopetala (Mountain avens).  With it was Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch) and more pleasingly Persicaria vivipara (Alpine Bistort) which is scarcer locally.

The hill yielded many of the expected plants – Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern), Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry), Juniperus communis ssp. nana  (Juniper), Diphasiastrum alpinum (Alpine Clubmoss), Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle)  – but it was perhaps a little early in the season for Luzula spicata (Spiked Wood-rush) and Juncus trifidus (Three-leaved Rush).  There again, I ran out of time as I had to be in Breakish for 2 pm for a meeting of the Skye & Lochalsh Environmental Forum.

A warm day, 21C according to the car and 20C on Skye according to the BBC.  Also a very fine ptarmigan on the hill.

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