Islay

I still haven’t sorted out the Rum records but I have noticed that two sites for Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail) spotted during my limestone-fix day are the first for the south of Skye, though there are plenty of sites further north and on Raasay and the Small Isles.   My potential Equisetum hybrid is probably just E. hyemale (Rough Horsetail), which is how I recorded it originally.

Islay and Jura were fun (particularly Laphroaig and Ardbeg distilleries) and we saw choughs, heard a corncrake (where else could you do both these things within a few hundred metres?), saw many brown hares – and a few nice plants.  Ardnave was covered in Carex arenaria (Sand Sedge) and Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup), plus some Erodium cicutarium (Common Stork’s-bill), all rare on Skye, and also Geranium molle (Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill).  There was lots of Catabrosa aquatica (Whorl-grass) on the shore.

We also saw the Dutch tallship Thalassa:

Thalassa in the Sound of Islay

and the scattered partial remains of a whale:

Where is the bowl of petunias?

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