Archive for May 10th, 2011

Upper Reaches of the River Snizort

May 10, 2011

A windy day yesterday but a useful one. I found nesting goosanders and a dipper plus a hedgehog on the road, sadly the aftermath of an RTA.


The River Snizort was full of Schoenoplectus lacustris (Common Club-rush) and Sparganium erectum (Branched Bur-reed), the latter in particular not  having very many Skye records, though it may have been under-recorded.

Schoenoplectus & Sparganium

A riverside sedge needs further study but may be interesting too.

A cluster of about fifty plants of Neottia ovata (Twayblade) was coming into flower:


and the only nettles I saw were infected with Puccinia urticata (Nettle Rust):

Nettle Rust

Along the roadside where the Forestry has been felling large area of conifers, there were over a dozen specimens of Spergularia rubra (Sand Spurrey), a rare plant locally but this is typical of its habitat.

Sand Spurrey

The other question of the day is what was this little fellow doing in the middle of the river?Help!