Site Condition Monitoring on Raasay

The last vist to the Raasay SSSI for this year in order to monitor the vascular plant assemblage was undertaken on Sunday.  The known population of Pyrola rotundifolia (Round-leaved Wintergreen) was unchanged.  No flowers this year – as in many a year. The Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine) in the same area had the same number of plants as last time (47) but rather fewer were flowering – perhaps  an effect of the severe winter.

Nearby, I went to visit the site of the putative Polystichum x ilyricum.  It is showing no sign of sporing unlike both putative parents nearby.  This  may be because it is in fairly extreme shade at the back of a small cave-like area under a boulder:

P. x illyricum site

 Photo taken from top of boulder under which lives the possible hybrid.  It still looks convincingly intermediate to me.

Lunch was taken at a fine spot on the cliffs with two golden eagles doing a flyby.

Lunch stop

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