The River Varragill & Estuary

The Varragill is one of the rivers that flows into Portree Bay, coming in from the south. Over the weekend, I managed two sessions of recording  along the river and estuary between other commitments.  It is very early still though a number of spring flowers are beginning to bloom – bluebells, wood sorrel, violets etc.

The Myrica gale (Bog-myrtle) is looking at its best:

Myrica gale

Despite the time of year it was possible to confirm that Ruppia maritima (Beaked Tasselweed) is still present in a couple of pools:

Ruppia maritima pool

Ruppia maritima

The cuckoos were noisy and there were many birds in Portree Bay including a pair of Ringed Plovers on the shore.  Also many furry caterpillars perhaps Northern Eggar – I have sent an image away for checking.

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