Archive for January, 2010

A walk on Skye in June

January 21, 2010

Early warning:  I shall be leading a walk for the Skye and Lochalsh branch of SWT from Duntulm to Rubha Hunish on Saturday 12th June 2010.  I hope to look at Loch Cleat which has some interesting records, the castle area and sea cliffs followed by a walk out to Rubha Hunish. This is the northernmost point of Skye.

The Flora and the H2 2009 Report

January 19, 2010

I have produced a listing of plants in taxonomic order for the Flora of Raasay and Rona. There are also two short links available to the flora: http://tinyurl.com/Raasayflora and http://bit.ly/Raasay. The number of unique visitors now stands at 633. 

A report on the second half of 2009 is now on my home page but there is little new in it for avid followers of this blog.  Quite a few visitors have been to this blog even though I haven’t added anything for nearly two months.  I hope you have found useful things.

Tetrads

January 19, 2010

I use Succisa pratensis (Devil’s-bit Scabious) as a marker to show which tetrads have been recorded:

The black dots show tetrads (2 x 2 km squares) with records from 2000 to 2009; red dots are earlier records that can be localised to this scale. 

The pinkish squares are 10 km squares where the plant has been recorded post-1999 – all 10km squares in the vice-county. (For less common species, 10km squares with earlier records but no post-1999 record are shown in a different colour.)

This shows that the Small Isles and the islands to the east of Skye have been pretty well covered in recent times. 

What is also apparent is just how much there remains to cover on Skye.  It would be nice to have visited most tetrads by the end of 2019 but we shall see…..