Loch na Beiste

It is probably as well to have gone here too early in the year for too many wee beasties:

Loch na Beiste

There are quite a lot of plants in flower now:

Bird Cherry on the Shore


and many that are not, including this very darkly pigmented Angelica sylvestris (Wild Angelica):

Black Angelica

I had a close encounter with a roe deer; there were seals in the bay and on the wracks at low water large numbers of this sea squirt:

Sea Squirt

Later: George Brown of the Highland Seashore Project tentatively identifies this as Dendrodoa grossularia.

This is the only area of Skye where Wood Ants are known and I found a fine nest:

Scottish Wood Ant Nest

This is the Scottish Wood Ant (Formica aquilonia), at least that is my belief until I get it checked….

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